Accounting Education Community of Practice - GDLN Distance Learning Event
12 Febuary 2010
As part of the ongoing "Global Development Learning Network" (GDLN) activities the Centre for Financial Reporting Reform organized the Educational Community of Practice event on the “Common Content Project” on 12 February 2010. The main speaker, Mr Paul Hurks, International Education Director of the "Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants" (Royal NIVRA) and a member of the Common Content Project committee provided an overview of how the member professional accountancy Institutes in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, UK and Netherlands dealt with some of the challenegs in accounting education that are similar to those faced by the REPARIS economies. This event featured a presentation by Mr Hurks and a Q&A session for participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia.
The objective of the event was to identify Common Content Project elements with a view to achieving synergy in working together to overcome common issues, relating to developing and keeping a professional accounting and auditing education up to date.
The main presentation was on the features and elements of the “Common Content Project” by Paul Hurks and a discussion of a summary of the features of the professional accountancy education systems in the REPARIS region, utilizing information provided by the partipating Universities, Professional Bodies and Regulators from the different economies. John Hegarty moderated and coordinated the session, which also included a discussion on planning for the Education Community of Practice wokshop to be held later in February 2010.
Introduction of event and first speaker - Paul Hurks
Presentation-Common Content approach to professional education
Q&A on Paul's presentation
Introduction of second speaker - Liam Coughlan
Presentation-highlights from Edu CoP survey on prof education
Q&A on Liam's presentation
Key agenda items for 23-24 February workshop
Discussion on February workshop planning
Conclusion and closing
World Bank Office-Tirana; Tirana 1 Dëshmorët e 4 Shkurtit St.
E-Net Centre Sarajevo Trg Oslobodjenja - Alija Izetbegovic 1
University of Banja Luka Patre 5, 78000 Banja Luka
Croatian Academic and Researc Network (CARNet) Josipa Marohnica 5
World Bank Office- Pristina; VC room 1 for 10th Mujo Ulqinaku Nr.3
British Council Skopje (VC room) Bul. Goce Delcev 6
Academy of Sciences of Moldova (silver meeting room) Bd. Stefan cel Mare 1
World Bank Office-Podgorica Bulevar Svetog Petra Cetinjskog 7
British Council Belgrade Terazije 8/I
Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (Vienna-1) Praterstrasse 1, 19th Floor, 1020 Vienna
University of Amsterdam (Roeterseilandcomplex Rm. G.3.01) Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1018 VZ Amsterdam
Paul Hurks is International Education Director of the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants (Royal NIVRA). Paul has been a practitioner for 25 years as manager for audit clients at KPMG and as a founding partner of a local medium- sized practice in the Netherlands. Paul served in international and national capacities including accountant, auditor, entrepreneur, quality control reviewer (practical and academic), educator and consultant in the field of financial reporting and financial auditing. In addition to his current role at Royal NIVRA, Paul Hurks is a member of the Developing Nations Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the postgraduate accountancy co-ordinator at the Free University, Amsterdam, and Royal NIVRA’s member of the Common Content Steering Group. In addition to holding the license of Registered Auditor (Netherlands), Paul has University Degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Accounting.