The first branch of the International Arab Society of Certified Accountants (IASCA), presided and founded by HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, was inaugurated at the campus of the Al-Quds University in Abu Dis in Palestine under the patronage of the University President Dr. Imad Abu Kishk in the presence of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) Executive Director and IASCA Board member in Palestine Mr. Jamal Milhem, in addition to a number of prominent personalities.
The branch was established to become an accredited training center at the University for Qualification Programs namely; the “International Arab Certified Public Accountant (IACPA)”, “International Arab Certified Management Accountant (IACMA), and other specialized training programs in the fields of accounting and auditing. Accordingly, the center will be an accredited examination center to grant such professional certifications.
Milhem stated that TAG-Org, represented by its Chairman Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, seeks to make this center the first of other centers to be established at other Palestinian universities. These centers aim to support Palestinian youth in building their professional capacities and provide training sessions to sharp their skills and develop their qualifications to grant them equal opportunities at local and international markets by receiving IASCA international professional certificates.
Mr. Milhem praised the University’s efforts in elevating the quality of accounting education and promoting graduates’ capacities with the view of increasing their chances in business fields. At the same time, he stressed IASCA and TAG-Org’s willingness to cooperate and help by all means to achieve this goal.
On his part, Dr. Abu Kishk expressed his gratitude to TAG-Org and IASCA for their support in establishing IASCA’s center in Al-Quds University; highlighting the importance of this center in raising the academic level of institutions in Palestine, by introducing modern teaching methods to the academia and developing the educational environment and educational methods as well as providing students with extracurricular activities , in addition to enhancing education with practical case studies in all fields.
The opening ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Al Jaafari, Dean of the Faculty of Business; Dr. Saher Aqael, Head of Accounting Department; Dr. Sari Shqour, IASCA – Palestine coordinator; Dr. Rasheed AL Jayousi, Director of Libraries at the University; and Mr. Ahmad Dadou, Board member of Palestinian Association of Certified Public Accountants in addition to a number of university staff, representatives of civil society institutions, and university students from various specializations in the Faculty of Business.
IASCA was established as a non-profit professional accounting organization on December 12th, 1984 to develop the science of accounting and auditing, and other related subjects to international level; to maintain the professional independency of accountants; to ensure their protection; and to apply professional supervision standards as a means of promoting the professions of accounting and auditing.