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Excellence Awards

CIMA Excellence Awards 2020

Early this year, the Global CGMA University and Academic Center of Excellence (COE) launched the CIMA Academic Partner Excellence Awards to recognise Academic Partners who have worked tirelessly to equip CIMA-qualified graduates and students for future-ready careers.

We received an overwhelming response and are now ready to announce our shortlisted nominees throughout October and November 2020. Join us on 11 December as we announce the 2020 winners during our inaugural virtual celebration. 

Award 2020

Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognises a CIMA subject lecturer who has demonstrated excellent engagement with CIMA students and effectively helped them to enhance their understanding of the subject taught.

Global Award Nominations

  • Ralph Kober, Monash University, Australia
  • Yew Ming Chia, The University of Edinburg, UK
  • Nadia Gulko, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Lana Yan Jun Liu, Newcastle University, UK

Regional & Country Nominations - UK and Ireland

  • Alison Lane, University of South Wales, UK
  • Fiona Dearing, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Matthew Walsh, University of Sussex, UK
  • Margaret Saunders, Birmingham City University, UK
  • Nadeeka Withanage, London South Bank University, UK

Regional & Country Nominations - Africa

  • Adele Oosthuizen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Brenda Harmzen, North-West University, Vaal Campus, South Africa
  • Sanlie Middelberg, North-West University, South Africa

Regional & Country Nominations - Asia Pacific

  • Puspavathy Rassiah, Monash University Malaysia
  • Somesh Dhamija, GLA University, India
  • Suresh Kumar Sahoo, Sri Sri University, India

Regional & Country Nominations - Europe

  • Mihail Musov, University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria
  • Pawel Zieniuk, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

CIMA Campus Culture Excellence Award

This award recognises academicians, faculties and student bodies that have launched successful campaigns to create awareness and promote the CIMA professional qualification within their campuses.


  • Finance and Accounting Faculty (Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics, Ukraine)
    • Submitted by: Mariia and Karina
  • Department of Finance (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)
    • Submitted by: Seyram Kawor
  • BSc Accounting & Management (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
    • Submitted by: Ishani Chandrasekara
  • Management Accounting Honours Programme (North-West University, South Africa)
    • Submitted by: Sanlie Middelberg
  • Accounting and Finance Department (Middlesex University Dubai, UAE)
    • Submitted by: Pallavi Kishore & Vijaya Kumar

Employability Excellence Award

This award recognises academic partners who actively promote employer involvement and engagement between CIMA students and industry partners in the profession.


  • Nadeeka Withanage, London South Bank University, UK
    • NHS placement scheme for BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance students
  • Management Accounting Honours Programme, North-West University, South Africa
    • North-West University field trip to Impala Platinum for CIMA students

Research Excellence Award

This award recognises researchers and research teams that have conducted landmark research efforts on a subject or topic related to the CIMA syllabus, such as accounting, digital finance, strategy and more.


  • "Research on Management Controls Practices”
    • Tharusha N Gooneratne - University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • "Research on Conceptual Changes in Accounting:
    • Mariya Shygun - Kyiv National Economic University, Ukraine
  • “Research on Blockchain for Audit Provenance and Trust”
    • Saravanan Muthaiyah - Multimedia U, Malaysia
  • “Research on Accounting for Social Capital”
    • Sergiy Lehenchuk - Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University, Ukraine

CIMA Prize-Winner Excellence Award

This exclusive award recognises the academic partner institution that trained CIMA’s Top Student of The Year. This category is not open for nomination. A central CIMA committee confers the award and the eligibility is based on pass marks, which can be maximised by ensuring more students take their CIMA exams before graduation.

The following CIMA exams and cohorts were taken into consideration for this award:

  • Operational, Management and Strategic Case Study Exams held in November 2019, February 2020 and May 2020


UK & Ireland

  • University of Edinburgh
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Newcastle University
  • Dublin City University
  • University of Greenwich
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Birmingham City University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • Swansea University
  • Brunel University London
  • University of York
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Limerick
  • University of Reading
  • University of Hull
  • University of Surrey
  • Northumbria University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Coventry University
  • Oxford Brookes University


  • University of Economics in Katowice
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • Russian University of Economics named after G.V. Plekhanov
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Kharkiv National University of Economics


  • North-West University
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • University of Cape Town
  • Independent Institute of Education
  • University of the Free State
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Copperbelt University

Asia Pacific and North Asia

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Nanyang Technological University of Singapore
  • University of Wollongong in Dubai
  • IMS Unison
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman University College
  • University Malaya
  • St Joseph's College of Commerce
  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Bangalore University
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

CIMA Global Excellence Award

This award recognises academic partner institutions that achieve CIMA pass rates above the global average in the same calendar year. This category is not open for nomination. A central CIMA committee confers the award and the eligibility is based on pass rates of each campus.

The following CIMA exams were taken into account for this award:
  • Operational level (E1, P1, F1, OCS), Management level (E2, P2, F2, MCS) and Strategic level (E3, P3, F3, SCS) exams held in 2019 and 2020


  • Jiangxi University of Finance & Economics
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of Birmingham
  • Cardiff University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • Aston University

Multiple Distinctions

Celebrating University Partners with outstanding students, pass rate excellence in CIMA exams and highest number of CIMA students on campus.


  • University of Bristol
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban Westville Campus)
  • University of Bath
  • Warsaw School of Economics
  • University of Durham
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Exeter
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Warwick
  • Christ University
  • University of South Africa
  • Cracow University of Economics
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Liverpool 
  • University of Sheffield

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Applications and nominations will open again in March 2021.

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

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