SHANGHAI, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DuPont launched a new and exclusive, patented material with DeepColor™ Technology. The technology, developed by DuPont research and development labs, sets a new standard for solid surface materials. Using DeepColor™ technology, Corian® allows designers to retain rich, deep color while they thermoform and carve in complex shapes and patterns.

As a part of this introduction, DuPont™ Corian® launched “Corian® 2.0” — a  design exhibition demonstrating the evolutionary capabilities of DuPont™ Corian®, its ability to adapt to the new demands of society, and to interpret the best ideas coming from the industry and creative minds.

Reception desk and interior wall cladding applied with Corian ® DeepColor™ Technology

Reception desk and interior wall cladding applied with Corian ® DeepColor™ Technology

For the past decades, DuPont™ Corian® has brought exceptional performance and design expertise to numerous family and public areas. “Corian® 2.0 demonstrated the evolutionary capabilities of DuPont™ Corian® and its ability to adapt to the new demands of society,” said LinLin Liu, DuPont Building Innovation, AP business director.

Over the years, DuPont has had the pleasure of working with many leaders in architecture, design, furnishing, fabrication and technology to translate their visions into reality and — in the process — to develop world-class know-how and innovative and evolutionary solutions.

About DuPont Corian®

First marketed as a high performance solution for kitchen and bathroom worktops, DuPont™ Corian® is now a leading global brand in superior quality surfacing materials for design, architecture and furnishing, a solution chosen worldwide by thousands of architects, designers and companies and by millions of consumers.

For more information, please visit www.corian.in

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BANGKOK, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ACE Life, the global life insurance division of ACE Group, today announced a partnership with AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) Company Limited to jointly offer a range of life, personal accident and health insurance products to AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) PLC’s customers countrywide via telemarketing.  With the opening of ACE Life Telemarketing Call Center at Ted’s House Building, customers can conveniently purchase life insurance on the phone. 

To provide innovative products via this newly launched distribution channel, ACE Life has launched the ‘Two in One Protector’ plan specifically for this new segment of customers.  It provides death coverage from sickness and accident, dismemberment and total permanent disability from accident.  Premiums start from  as low as seven baht per day with medical expense benefit of 15,000 baht per accident.

Kevin Goulding, Regional President of ACE Life in Asia Pacific said, “Thailand is one of the core markets for ACE Life in Asia Pacific and our partnership with AEON signifies a milestone in our company’s strategy to  expand our  distribution channels.  Committed to strive for better service to our customers, we aim to deliver value added financial protection solutions to our Thai customers.”

Sally O’Hara, Country President of ACE Life Assurance Public Company Limited commented, “We are delighted to be partnering with AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) to provide innovative life insurance products to AEON Thana Sinsap (Thailand) PLC’s customer base.  Our partnership leverages ACE Life’s multi-channel business and service model in Thailand and we look forward to building a long and rewarding relationship with AEON.” 

Kevin Goulding, Regional President of ACE Life in Asia Pacific (center) and Sally O'Hara, Country President of ACE Life in Thailand (left) together with Sakarabhop Dhivarakara, Managing Director of AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) Company Limited (right) presided over the grand opening ceremony of the "ACE Life Telemarketing Call Center" at Ted's House Building on August 6, 2014

Kevin Goulding, Regional President of ACE Life in Asia Pacific (center) and Sally O’Hara, Country President of ACE Life in Thailand (left) together with Sakarabhop Dhivarakara, Managing Director of AEON Insurance Service (Thailand) Company Limited (right) presided over the grand opening ceremony of the “ACE Life Telemarketing Call Center” at Ted’s House Building on August 6, 2014

ABOUT ACE LIFE IN THAILAND

ACE Life Assurance Public Company Limited (ACE Life) is part of the ACE Group, one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 54 countries, the ACE Group provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of the ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. The ACE Group’s core operating insurance companies are rated AA for financial strength by Standard & Poor’s and A++ by A.M. Best.

Specifically to meet the needs of financial protection and security of its broad range of customers, ACE Life in Thailand (ACE Life Assurance Public Company Limited) offers a comprehensive range of quality life insurance products and services.  The company partners with financial institutions and other companies to tailor individual policies for their clients and employees while ACE Life’s team of over 2,500 agents service and support customers throughout the nation.  

More information can be found at www.acelife.co.th.

ACE Life, ACE Group of Companies and ACE Limited are registered trademarks of ACE Limited.

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James Thierree brings Tabac Rouge to Sydney

Travel packages announced

SYDNEY, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Destination New South Wales (DNSW), the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and Sydney Festival have announced the headline act for 2015 — the renowned James Thierree will return to Sydney Festival with Tabac Rouge, his largest and most extravagant work to date, in a Sydney and Southern Hemisphere exclusive.

James Thierree's spectacular theatrics are coming to Sydney Festival 2015 with Tabac Rouge

James Thierree’s spectacular theatrics are coming to Sydney Festival 2015 with Tabac Rouge

Acrobat, musician, dancer, actor, mime, choreographer — Thierree is returning to Sydney Festival for the fourth time after sell-out seasons of Junebug Symphony (2003), Bright Abyss (2006) and Au Revoir Parapluie (2008). In Tabac Rouge, Thierree pushes the boundaries of dance, circus and theatre in the roles of director, choreographer and set designer to deliver a performance that Thierree describes as being about “desire, power, systems and mechanisms of society, and of how people organise themselves”.

Tabac Rouge, which will run from 7-23 January at Sydney Theatre, features a highly skilled cast of acrobats and dancers who weave a physically daring production filled with spectacular theatrics under Thierree’s unique direction. The choreography is complemented by Victoria Thierree’s costume design and a dynamic score that ranges from Matthieu Chedid to Vivaldi.  Tabac Rouge contains no spoken word, making the performance ideal for international visitors to enjoy without language barriers.

Sydney Festival 2015 will feature hundreds of world class events and attract visitors from all over the globe. The full 2015 program will be announced on 23 October 2014, however visitors are encouraged to book now to take advantage of great value travel packages and avoid disappointment.

Three packages are on offer:  

The Star*

  • One night’s accommodation at luxury hotel, The Darling
  • $50 Food and Beverage credit to enjoy at The Star’s bars, signature restaurants (Balla, Black by Ezard & Sokyo) and Fat Noodle
  • Premium or A Reserve ticket to Tabac Rouge 
  • Quote promo code SYDFEST15 (case sensitive) when booking online only. Or call Guest Services 1800 800 830

Visit star.com.au/sydneyfestival.

Accor Packages

Harbour Rocks Hotel – from $224 per person*

  • Overnight accommodation in a Heritage Queen room in Sydney’s historic Rocks area
  • Full Breakfast for served in Scarlett Restaurant  
  • A Reserve ticket to Tabac Rouge

Visit www.accorhotels.com/sydneyfestival.

Quay West Suites Sydney — from $270 per person*

  • Overnight accommodation in a 1 bedroom city view suite overlooking beautiful Sydney harbour
  • Breakfast for 2 in Harrington Restaurant
  • Premium ticket to Tabac Rouge

Visit www.accorhotels.com/sydneyfestival.

Tickets for Tabac Rouge are on sale now at www.sydneyfestival.org.au/tabac.

*Travel Package Conditions: Subject to availability. Credit Card details required to secure booking. Package prices are per person and are based on 2 guests per package, in queen bedding (Twin bedding available on request directly with the hotel). Packages are pre-paid and non-refundable.  Valid for bookings from 23 August – 12 October 2014 for stays between 09 – 22 January 2015, inclusive. Tabac Rouge tickets valid for performance on the day for which the accommodation is booked only.   

About Destination NSW:

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020.

From food and wine festivals to surf competitions, world class sporting events to celebrations of arts and culture, New South Wales has an Annual Calendar of Events that celebrates the diverse facets of Australian contemporary life. Sydney is unrivalled in Australia in its capacity to stage exclusive events that have the whole world tuning in. Destination NSW has been at the forefront in creating and winning world-class events that put Sydney on the global front page.

Media contacts:

Corrine Cowlishaw, +61299311462, corinne.cowlishaw@dnsw.com.au
Melissa Wilson, +61-299311156, melissa.wilson@dnsw.com.au  

Tabac Rouge is perfect for international visitors to Sydney to enjoy
Tabac Rouge is perfect for international visitors to Sydney to enjoy

 

Tabac Rouge will show at Sydney Festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive

Tabac Rouge will show at Sydney Festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive

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GREENWICH, Connecticut, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Aptuit LLC announces that Aptuit SSCI, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, has enhanced its capabilities in the areas of structure determination and characterization of small and large molecules, including biologic drugs, metabolites, and polymers, through the addition of the Bruker maXisPlus Q-TOF mass spectrometer.

In making the announcement, Dr. Jonathan Goldman, CEO, Aptuit, said, “The expanded large molecule capability enhances our early development support for the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry and provides our scientists with the ability to identify active and/or high percentage metabolites in drugs as outlined in the United States Food and Drug Administration Guidance on Metabolites in Safety Testing (MIST).”

Dr. Patrick Tishmack, Director of Analytical Development at Aptuit SSCI, explained that ultra high mass resolution is particularly important in conducting impurity assays of drug substances and drug products, with a limit of detection in the pg/mL to fg/mL range. He clarified the significance of the high sensitivity by saying, “Q-TOF mass spectrometry is a fast and accurate analytical method for characterizing low levels of analytes yet its range from 20 Da to 40,000 Da also enables the analyses of small molecules, polymers, carbohydrates, oligonucleotides, and proteins such as antibodies.”

According to Dr. Tishmack, this addition brings significant value to Aptuit’s clients. “When high resolution mass spectrometry capability is coupled with Aptuit SSCI’s industry-leading expertise in solid state chemistry, the resulting data and corresponding expert scientific interpretation will be at a standard that is unmatched in the contract preclinical research industry.”

The Q-TOF MS, which will be installed and operational by October 2014, will allow unambiguous assignment of molecular formulae for small molecules. In addition to faster sample analysis, generally easier method development is achieved through its implementation. The equipment’s higher throughput translates into a more rapid turnaround for a large number of samples.

For more information, please send an email to info@ssci-inc.com or contact Aptuit SSCI at + 1 800 375 2179.

Aptuit LLC provides the most complete set of integrated early discovery to mid-phase drug development services in the pharmaceutical industry including Drug Design & Discovery, Preclinical Biosciences, API Development and Manufacture, Solid State Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Aptuit INDiGO® (a fixed-cost program that accelerates drug development). Fully integrated drug discovery & development services are available from a single site at The Aptuit Center for Drug Discovery & Development in Verona, Italy. The company maintains five global facilities with approximately 700 employees in Europe and the United States. Aptuit LLC is partnered with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, one of the world’s leading private equity investors.

For more information about Aptuit, visit www.aptuit.com.

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LYNDHURST, N.J., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announces that its Chinese subsidiary, Suzhou Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., has received Chinese FDA (CFDA) approval and has subsequently launched its generic Mecobalamin 0.5 mg Tablets into the China domestic market. Under the terms of a marketing and distribution agreement with Sinochem Jiangsu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Amerigen is manufacturing the product at its US FDA approved and China CFDA certified oral solid dose facility in Suzhou, China. Sinochem is distributing the product under the Suzhou Amerigen label with exclusive sales rights in the People’s Republic of China.

John Lowry, Amerigen’s President & CEO, commented, “The approval and launch of Mecobalamin is Amerigen’s first generic product entry in China and we are very pleased to have Sinochem, a leading and highly reputable player in the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, participate in this important milestone as our sales and distribution partner. We expect additional near term product approvals in China as we continue to bring high quality, locally manufactured generic products to the rapidly growing Chinese market.”

Mr. Ziqiang Wu, General Manager of Sinochem Pharma, stated, “Sinochem is pleased to see that the Mecobalamin Tablet product produced by Suzhou Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. has been approved by CFDA, which embodies a solid step towards the business cooperation on generic drugs in the Chinese market. We also expect to deepen the cooperation with Amerigen and expand more high-quality drugs into this fast-growing drug market.”

About Amerigen

Amerigen Pharmaceuticals is a group of companies engaged in all phases of the generic pharmaceutical business, with operations in the US and China. The group is controlled by Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Limited. The US regulatory and commercial activities within the group are conducted by Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Lyndhurst, NJ, USA. The group’s Chinese subsidiary, Suzhou Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Limited, is located in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The group has an active portfolio of products under development, filed, or intended for filing, as ANDA’s with the US FDA and the Chinese CFDA. Amerigen’s focus is orally delivered products that are challenging to develop, require specialized technologies or high containment to manufacture, and present complex regulatory and intellectual property obstacles to bring to market. All Amerigen’s products are developed and manufactured by the company or its partners around the world to meet the highest quality standards, including the US FDA.

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SHANGHAI, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Each changing season sheds the old and ushers in new beginnings, and Anantara Spa’s special Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa offers a unique combination of revered eastern and western therapies, available throughout September, October and November 2014.

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

 

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Anantara Spa Massage Treatment

Designed with Chinese and Thai influences, revealing views of Jing’An Park, Anantara Spa is a haven of contemporary luxury and tranquillity that feels a world away from bustling Shanghai.  Escorted to one of the five charming treatment suites, individuals and couples can look forward to far reaching health and beauty benefits when they book the Rejuvenating Winter Wellness package.

The ritual begins with a 90 minute Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil. Since it was developed nearly 200 years ago, Swedish Massage has become the foundation of most western massage techniques. Incorporating percussive, tapping movements and five variations of

strokes, each part of the body is manipulated to stimulate the nervous system, improve circulation and flexibility, and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Drawing on ancient Chinese wellness wisdom, a 30 minute Moxibustion Treatments tailored to each client’s needs, with a choice of selecting this specialist treatment for the shoulder and neck, lower back, or belly button.

Moxibustion is an ancient technique practiced in both traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine to aid the body’s ability to heal itself.  This ancient Asian holistic therapy involves burning the herb mugwort to stimulate acupoints.  The radiant heat produced by the burning herbs penetrates deeply into the body, expelling cold and warming the meridians to stimulate the flow of blood circulation and vital energy, leading to improved general health and a wealth of specific benefits.  Moxibustion is used to treat cancer and chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders and ulcers, and since it increases circulation to the pelvis it is also used to encourage healthy menstruation and reduce menstrual cramps.  By invigorating healthy qi the immune system is strengthened, helping to prevent disease and increase longevity.

Traditionally there are two types of moxibustion.  In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.  For indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Acupuncture can also be incorporated, with a needle inserted into an acupoint and the tip wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and surrounding area. 

The Autumn Breeze ritual marries tradition and innovation by using a highly effective and safe machine lamp for the moxibustion treatment.  In this modern method the cover is placed on specific areas of the body that each client wishes to focus on.   The machine makes it easy for the therapist to adjust the temperature control and locate acupuncture points easily, while clients benefit from a comfortable experience without the fire and smoke that occurs with traditional methods.

Experience the relaxing and holistic benefits of the Autumn Breeze package for the special price of RMB 1, 480* per individual and RMB 2, 600* per couple, including a complimentary Anantara body care product worth RMB 380 to take home.

For reservations or more information about the Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, please contact 3203 9999 ext. 6899 or email anantaraspa@thepuli.com.

Autumn Breeze  120mins

90 minutes Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil
30 minutes Moxibustion Treatment

You can choose any part of below Moxibustion Treatments during the massage

  • shoulder and neck moxibustion
  • low back moxibustion
  • belly button moxibustion

Give Away: A complimentary Anantara body care product valued RMB380

Special Price for Single / Couple: RMB1, 480* / 2, 600*

Available exclusively at Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa from 1st September 2014 to 30th November 2014.* Price is subject to 15% Service Charge *Terms and Conditions apply

(*Not valid with other promotions or discounts. *Advance booking recommended.* Anantara Spa reserves the final decision.)

Editor’s Note:

About Anantara at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

As the first Anantara Spa in Shanghai, the tranquil urban sanctuary offers journeys of ritual significance by celebrating Anantara’s focus on indigenous indulgence and reflecting the PuLi Hotel and Spa’s resplendent charm and historic sensuality. 

Five treatment rooms are luxuriously appointed with natural features such as wooden flooring, stone walls and wooden beams, enhanced further by oriental accents and ambient lighting.  Two Double Suites, featuring a steam shower, bathtub, changing area and relaxation seating, are joined by three Single Suites complete with shower, changing and relaxation amenities.

Drawing on China’s healing past, ancient therapies from Thailand and India, as well as the very best in 21st century wellness techniques, Anantara Spa’s extensive menu is inspired by the renowned healing properties of tea – the centuries-old beverage that is woven into the very fabric of Chinese culture. Signature treatments draw from the detoxifying powers of Green Tea, balancing and anti-ageing force of White tea, health-giving properties of Chrysanthemum tea or beautifying properties of Rose Tea.

Discover award winning journeys, inspired by oriental beauty and wellness secrets, at Anantara Spa, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai.

About Anantara

For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘without end’, symbolising this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.

From lush jungles to pristine beaches and legendary deserts to cosmopolitan cities, Anantara currently boasts 20 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates and China; with future properties to open in Thailand, China, Laos, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, UAE and Oman.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit http://www.anantara.com .

For Spa Information:

Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa
3F, 1 ChangDe Road, JingAn District, Shanghai 200040 China
Tel: +86-21-3203-9999 ext. 6899   
Fax +86-21-3251-8950

E-mail: anantaraspa@thepuli.com     
www.anantara.com

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LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Malta’s Individual Investor Program (IIP) continues to build upon its significant early success.

The IIP is a modern citizenship-by-investment program aimed at ultra-high net worth individuals and families worldwide. It was designed and is operated by Henley & Partners for the Government of Malta under a Public Services Concession.

The IIP allows for the grant of citizenship to duly qualified, reputable foreign individuals and families who make a significant contribution to the economic development of Malta.

Over 200 applications for citizenship have been received since the program’s launch in early 2014, with a number already at the Due Diligence phase. This represents a commitment of foreign direct investment into Malta of over 200 million Euros or 330 million US Dollars over the last six months.

The IIP has the world’s strictest Due Diligence standards, ensuring that only highly respectable clients will be admitted. The program intake is also capped at 1,800 successful main applicants, after which the program will close, making this the most exclusive program globally.

There are over 30 nationalities represented among the applicants so far.

Identity Malta chief executive officer, Jonathan Cardona, commented on Henley & Partners’ role, “Their excellent services are attracting to Malta the type of individuals that the government wanted to target through the IIP, with the potential of significant investment in our country”.

Many applicants started the IIP process intending to rent property on Malta, but are now considering purchasing, having spent time on the islands. Mr Cardona confirmed that a number of applicants were opting to buy property. He added that the investment interest was quite wide-ranging, from hotels and real estate, to factories, IT and the film industry.

A private client, who wished to remain anonymous, shared the reason he proceeded with the IIP, “I liked the idea of becoming European and providing my children the right to travel without hassle, and to also live, work and study anywhere in Europe.”

The Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat, will speak about the IIP and its success at two upcoming events:

The Henley & Partners’ Global Citizenship Seminar takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel, New York on September 10 2014. This key event will focus on the significant international trend of increasing mobility and acceptance of multiple citizenship. Further information is available at http://www.henleyglobal.com/NYC14

The 8th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference will be presented by Henley & Partners on October 29-30 2014 at the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore. The conference covers the key developments in the area of residence and citizenship planning and provides first-hand information from the industry leader, top-tier international service providers and governments. Register at http://www.henleyglobal.com/singapore14

About Henley & Partners

Henley & Partners is the global leader in residence and citizenship planning. Each year, hundreds of wealthy individuals, families and their advisors rely on their expertise and experience in this area.

The concept of residence and citizenship planning was created by Henley & Partners in the 1990s. As globalization has expanded, residence and citizenship have become topics of significant interest among the increasing number of internationally mobile entrepreneurs and investors who work with Henley & Partners.

The firm also runs a leading government advisory practice, and have been involved in strategic consulting and the design, set-up and operation of several of the world’s most successful residence and citizenship programs which attracted have more than US$ 3.5 billion in foreign direct investment to date.

http://www.henleyglobal.com

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Innovative study concept means anyone can study business without leaving Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new initiative, due to launch in September, will allow anyone in Hong Kong or anywhere in the world to study business for free at a renowned UK university, thanks to a collaboration between global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the University of Exeter Business School and online learning platform FutureLearn.

Together, they are launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) — Discovering Business in Society — which is free to study and open to anyone in the world with access to the internet. The aim of the eightweek course is to give anyone interested in learning the principles of business, including prospective undergraduate students, working professionals without a background in business, people looking to return to work after an absence, or anyone seeking to further educate themselves. And for those interested in entering the finance profession and seeking a route to ACCA membership, the MOOC can be a starting point.

Jane Cheng, head of ACCA Hong Kong, said: “The whole point of this MOOC is that it is all encompassing. Yes, it can be a way for someone looking to begin their journey into the finance profession with ACCA, but equally it could be useful to anyone in Hong Kong or any other country seeking to start a business to get a better understanding of what’s involved, or a parent looking to return to work with a new set of skills. It’s not unusual today for those people already in work to look to change career, and this gives them a taster of what it might be like in a business environment. It’s open to anyone, anywhere, of any age who wants to do it. 

“Because it is entirely online, anyone in the world with access to the internet can study it, even though it is delivered by a prestigious UK university. Even if those who study it choose not to use it to further their careers or become entrepreneurs they will have a deeper understanding of how business is relevant in society.”

The Discovering Business in Society MOOC will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Purpose and types of business organisation
  • The changing world of business
  • Environmental and regulatory factors
  • Economic factors
  • Internal organisation and governance

First steps to accountancy

For those who complete the course and choose to take the optional assessment at the end of the course, which does have a fee attached to it, it could be the first step on the ladder to becoming a qualified ACCA accountant.

Those who are successful in completing the optional examinations can claim exemption from the ACCA F1 paper, Accountant in Business.

Clare Minchington, ACCA Executive Director, said: “The option is there to get that first part of the ACCA qualification under your belt should you decide a career in accountancy is for you. However, we didn’t launch the MOOC just to give people the opportunity to study our globally recognised qualification. Those who study it are under no obligation to take the examination at the end. When we say it is open to all, we don’t just mean those looking to become ACCA accountants. Our ethos has always been open access and this MOOC is testament to that thinking.”

Register for the ACCA-sponsored MOOC at Discovering Business in Society

Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
  2. We support our 170,000 members and 436,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 91 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.  
  3. As the first global accountancy body entering into China, ACCA now has over 23,000 members and 48,000 students, with 8 offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR.
  4. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accounting professionals bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.
  5. For more information, please visit:
    www.accaglobal.com | www.facebook.com/ACCA.HongKong
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