Dr Mabutho Sibanda (first left) and Dr Suren Pillay
(third left) with academics from the University
of Auvergne.

Insights and collaboration in the development of the Accounting field were shared at a recent meeting between academics of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance and their colleagues from the University of Auvergne in France.

University of Auvergne academics Professor Mercia Mathot and Mr Francke Mathot met with the School’s Acting Dean, Dr Mabutho Sibanda, and Accounting Programme Co-ordinator, Dr Suren Pillay, to discuss collaborations in student and staff exchange programmes and postgraduate teaching in Accounting.

These included the establishment of a Master’s in Accountancy programme at UKZN mirroring University of Auvergne’s Master of Science in Accountancy and Finance as well as the possibility of University of Auvergne accounting staff teaching in the Master of Accountancy programme at UKZN and assisting in supervision.

‘Such collaborations are in line with the University’s quest for international presence and recognition,’ said Sibanda. ‘It will also enhance development and skilling of individuals in the niche area of Accounting for the international job market.’

The successful outcomes of the meeting are expected to be implemented next year.

The University of Auvergne was founded in 1519 and is ranked as one of the leading academic institutes in France.

Thandiwe Jumo