A new venture between the College of Business Administration and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)—described by América Economía as the number one business school in Latin America—dispatches professors from the School of Accounting to Mexico City to deliver the Master of Accounting (MACC) program. An impressive 22 students, many of them highly experienced accountants, enrolled for the first offering. Upon completing the twenty-month program, they will have a master’s degree in accounting from both ITAM and Florida International University and the background to sit for the demanding U.S. CPA Exam.
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“Our MACC program arrives at an opportune time for ITAM and Mexican accountants because it will enhance the participants’ professional mobility at the precise moment that Mexico and the United States increase their international trade under NAFTA,” said Leonardo Rodríguez, emeritus professor, School of Accounting and the program’s faculty director, who, with Sharon Lassar, the school’s director, inaugurated the new program on February 15, 2008, and who will teach global accounting.
Rodríguez, along with Tomislav Mandakovic, associate dean, Chapman Graduate School, helped lay the foundation for the program, one part of the two universities’ relationship through the college’s global Dual Degree network.
Professors from the School of Accounting, who tailor their state-side courses to include material with a Latin American focus, have been universally impressed with the caliber of the ITAM students during their three weekends of sessions.
Kenneth Henry, lecturer, who made the classes very interactive, appreciates “the maturity and knowledge they bring to the classroom,” as does Robert McGee, director, Center for Accounting, Auditing, and Tax Studies, noting “they have lots of experience, and I’ve learned a lot about accounting in Mexico and Latin America from them,” and Blaise M. Sonnier, assistant professor, highlights “their diverse business experiences, which contributes to the learning experience for all the students.”
Program elicits equally positive response from ITAM.
Rodríguez’s counterpart at ITAM, Yanira Petrides, plays two additional roles: she’s a full-time professor and, surprisingly, a student in the program.
“I believe it will help me understand in a more detailed manner regional, national, and global environments of accounting and business, and I am excited to increase my knowledge in new financial and managerial accounting theories and to obtain additional skills to perform tax research,” she said. “Also, the international aspects of this program, focusing on best practices of each country, will help me better understand the bi-cultural issues related to accounting as well as teaching methods.”