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ALKHOBAR | Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Group of PMU students visited KPMG; one of the top four global accounting firms recently. “PMU’s College of Business and Career Services Section of Student Affairs Division moderated the study tour with the dual objectives—to expose the finance and accounting students to corporate world for practical career specific learning and to showcase their capabilities to such firms that look for candidates with strong professional knowledge and leadership skills.”
Chair of the Finance and Accounting Department of this College, Dr. Dawood Ashraf informed that the students got opportunity to understand accounting practices and their application in corporate setups.
PMU bridges gaps between the academia and industry since its inception. Exposing students to various departments of KPMG helped them gain knowledge about practical developments in accounting area.
“With keeping current needs and changing trends under consideration the College of Business arranged this study tour,” said College Coordinator, Dr. Emmanuel Ntui.
College of Business in PMU offers undergraduate programs in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management and Business Administration besides an Executive Master of Business Administration program. Academic knowledge with industry oriented approach is the backbone of these programs.
“Steps are taken for more internship and co-op programs with leading institutions to hone students’ skills in the respective specializations,” explained Dr. Ashraf further. “Students have show keen interest in pursuing the Tsokba training program with KPMG specialized to train the Saudi graduates to becomes public accountants, he said.
KPMG Managing Partner in Al-Khobar Anthony Hambleton inaugurated and explained the Audit Service accomplishments. Director of KPMG, Gaffer Biswas and Manager, Abdulaziz Alshanfari and Yousef Alyacoob described Tax & Zakat and the Advisory Services. This tour ended with a question & answer session with the visiting students.
PMU cements theory and practice through encouraging students’ participation in real work environment. The visit augured them to learn practical aspects associated with accounting. It exposed them to Saudi Arabian corporate culture. The students learnt many facets of industry that help them explore new market trends and to find career opportunities in accounting and finance.
Since start in Saudi Arabia in 1992, KPMG operates from Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar. It has global audit and taxing services facility today. PMU students got an avenue for practical learning under the auspices of this global accounting firm operating into 146 countries worldwide.