CGMA Academic Champions

The CGMA Academic Champions Program is a community of management accounting academics who receive resources and support through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Champions have access to a rich array of customized exam materials, syllabus overviews, and student content, along with invitations to exclusive meetings and events that discuss new CIMA initiatives.

For 2021, the CGMA Global University and Academic Center of Excellence (COE) is expanding the CGMA Academic Champion program. The program launched in 2019 and engaged universities in South Africa, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Shortly after, the program was expanded to Poland in 2020.

A CGMA Academic Champion is someone who shares insights on academics' and students' aspiration within the accounting and finance profession. These insights will enable the COE to create highly sought-after classroom resources that will help both academics and students better understand management accounting topics and help showcase this exciting career path.

About this program

Benefits for educators

Gain access to global engagement opportunities 

Some of the benefits of being an Academic Champion are opportunities for you to share best practices in the classroom, lead discussions or be a speaker as a subject matter expert in academic webinars on a global arena.

For example, in 2019, we engaged with Professor Ts. Saravanan Muthaiyah (a CGMA Academic Champion) who conducted 7 case study analysis workshops across university campuses (hosted by CGMA Academic Champions) in Asia Pacific with specific focus on digital topics such as cybersecurity, data analytics and blockchain. Subsequent research collaboration and international speaking arrangements ensued amongst academics and universities as a result of these workshops.


Academic Champions are advocates of management accounting as a career and promotes the benefits of becoming a CGMA to their students. As a result of excellent classroom engagements, several Champions have received a CIMA Teaching Excellence Award in 2020:

For taking part in this program, the COE additionally offers faculty members a letter of recognition for assuming the role of an Academic Champion and various opportunities to be recognized, including the CIMA Academic Partner Excellence Awards.

Benefits for students through educators

Producing management accounting student advocates

To encourage students to consider a management accounting career, the COE offers a number of ways to help academics support students.

An idea suggested by CGMA Academic Champions in South Africa in 2019 established the CGMA Emerging Leaders Competition, that showcased the role of a management accountant using past CIMA case study exam materials. Due to the success of this project, the COE partnered with Champions from Poland last year to offer a similar student competition in Europe.

In addition, Academic Champions enjoy exclusive events organized with CIMA local offices such as the CIMA Business Games, employer visits, marathons and others. Business game sessions include classroom materials that give students a taster of what it is to be a management accountant within a variety of business roles and scenarios. In addition, these game sessions have a strong focus on employability, and encourages students to develop their soft skills; working within teams to develop their communication and presentation skills, by participating in practical tasks.

Expectations of Champions

Creating a CIMA culture on campus

Besides being recognized as the point of contact on campus for students' queries about CIMA, Academic Champions foster a "CIMA Culture" through a series of engagement activities between students and accounting professionals.

For example, Seyram Kawor, ACMA CGMA (an Academic Champion from the University of Cape Coast Ghana) organized a CIMA Business Game session which attracted 400 over student participants and 50 students had the opportunity to attend a week long digital skills session in partnership with CIMA where accountants from industry took the students through a practical software training in accounting. The university subsequently received a CIMA Campus Culture Excellence Award in 2020 as a result of the Champion’s initiatives.

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If you are interested to find out more, please contact your local CIMA office or the Center of Excellence (COE).

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Find out who the 2021 CGMA Academic Champions are!

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View past events and best practice sharing sessions:

Preparing students for employment (May 2021 meeting)

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Integrating digital topics in accounting or finance curriculum (March 2021 meeting)

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Webinar: Academic research for impact and relevance to practitioners (July & April 2021)


  • Professor Wai Fong Chua (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Sharanjit Paddam (Principal at Finity Consulting)
  • Professor Wim A Van de Stede (CIMA Professor of Accounting and Financial Management, HOD at LSE)
  • Anthony Boateng FCMA CGMA (Chairman, CIMA Research & Development Panel)

Moderator: Rebecca McCaffry (Associate Technical Director, CIMA)

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