In order to keep students engaged during the lockdown period, the Accounting and Finance team at Middlesex University Dubai organised 11 events in 10 weeks under the ‘Accounting Mondays’ initiative.
These events witnessed participation of more than 700 attendees and featured a number of industry guest speakers, exploring topics including ‘the future of finance’, professional qualifications, employability factors, and competitions. Industry leaders from companies and organisations including KPMG, CIMA, ICAEW and IMA, spoke to the students on digital innovations, CV writing and future careers within the financial sector.
In order to bring together the ‘bigger picture’, Accounting Mondays brought together various departments from the university, including the Centre for Academic Success, Quality Office, and other faculty from the Business School.
Two of the sessions were designed and led by student representatives who provided training on ‘Advanced Excel for Finance’ and ‘Power BI’, both of which go far beyond the course syllabus. These sessions were led by Mariam Jamshed (Year 3) and Priyanka Awatramani (Year 3), respectively. Each event was followed by a quiz which was researched and hosted by Sowmya Raghavan (Year 2).
Not only have these sessions helped students to stay engaged, they’ve helped to build their knowledge and gain confidence. Thank you to first year student Ritika Hirdhani who has shared a list of online resources with students so that they can work on this at their own leisure before the start of classes.
Thank you to our Accounting and Finance faculty: Pallavi Kishore (Campus Programme Coordinator), Dr Vijaya Kumar, Mariam Aslam, and Rashita Puthiya for driving this initiative, working with the student volunteers, and implementing these innovative ways of teaching and keeping students’ minds active outside of campus.