APU Malaysia unlocking opportunities for finance graduates with CISI membership

By Lora Benson | May 20, 2024


The School of Accounting & Finance (SoAF) at the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, proudly heralds a groundbreaking development in the professional journey of its Bachelor and Master of Finance graduates.

The prestigious Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) has extended its membership opportunities, presenting a unique pathway for APU's graduates to thrive in the dynamic landscape of the financial sector.

CISI stands as the largest and most revered professional body for the securities and investment profession in the UK and beyond. With a resolute mission to promote excellence and integrity within the financial services profession, CISI's influence spans globally.

CISI's Mission and APU’s Commitment to Empowering Futures

This collaborative initiative between CISI and APU marks a pivotal moment in the university's commitment to providing unparalleled opportunities for the professional growth of its graduates.

The strategic move to extend CISI membership opportunities to APU's graduates stems from a shared vision to enhance their professional development in the financial sector.

As the industry evolves, this collaboration ensures that APU's graduates are not only equipped with academic knowledge but also benefit from real-world industry exposure and recognition.

CISI's membership structure comprises five distinct grades - Affiliate, Associate (ACSI), Member (MCSI), Individual Charter, and Student Membership.

APU graduates find themselves at the forefront of this tiered system, with a clear path for both Bachelor and Master of Finance graduates to elevate their professional standing.

APU’s Master of Finance Graduates Achieve Associate Status

Master of Finance graduates from APU have achieved a significant milestone as CISI grants them accreditation, elevating their status to Associate membership.

This recognition not only underscores the quality of APU's Master of Finance programme but also opens doors to a network of opportunities within the global financial community.

The financial industry's landscape is evolving, and APU's Master graduates with a specialisation in Fintech are not left behind.

Recognising the importance of this burgeoning field, CISI extends Associate membership eligibility to these forward-thinking individuals, acknowledging their expertise in navigating the complexities of the financial technology sector.

Bridging the Gap for Bachelor Graduates with Affiliate Membership

Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) graduates from APU, encompassing all specialisms, can now seamlessly transition into the professional realm with CISI's Affiliate membership.

This presents an invaluable opportunity for these graduates to align themselves with a globally recognised institution, irrespective of their level of industry experience.

Whether affiliates or associates, APU graduates enrolling in CISI membership unlock a comprehensive suite of benefits.

The MyCISI Member App, designatory letters (for ACSI members), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme, access to CPD Events and CISI TV, MyCISI rewards, and membership badges are just the beginning.

Besides, CISI offers additional benefits such as Professional Refresher e-learning modules and The Review magazine, participation in professional forums and training and competence interest groups, exclusive invitations to events like the CISI Annual Integrity Debate, networking opportunities, including the CISI annual dinner, and participation in the CISI Mentoring Scheme.

Affiliate members of CISI at APU are not just a part of an exclusive network; they gain access to plenty of benefits. From networking opportunities to continuing professional development, access to resources, and an unwavering commitment to ethical standards and professional excellence, CISI's membership is a gateway to a world of opportunities.

APU Graduates Enjoy Advantage with a 25% Discount

In an effort to encourage early enrollment, CISI extends a generous 25% discount on membership fees for APU students joining as Associate or Affiliate members, serving as a compelling incentive for individuals to seize the moment and leverage the unparalleled benefits that come with CISI membership.

APU and CISI: Fostering Excellence in Finance Professionals

Commenting on the golden opportunity for Finance graduates, Associate Professor Dr. Chong Lee Lee (left), School of Finance and Accounting Head at APU remarked:  “As APU's graduates step into the professional realm armed with CISI membership, they embark on a journey that transcends academic achievements. The collaboration between APU and CISI is not just about certificates; it's about shaping futures, fostering excellence, and empowering a new generation of finance professionals to thrive in a dynamic and ever-evolving industry.”

Tracy Vegro, CISI CEO said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with APU on this important project and to welcome their excellent graduates to our global community. The financial services sector is perpetually evolving and our membership and life-long learning resources will offer APU graduates a competitive edge. With the profession constantly innovating on the fintech and AI front, APU students are well-placed to become a huge asset to any employer.”