CIMA, the professional body for management accountants, has announced strong growth figures for 2013 as the institute continues to expand its presence around the globe. Over 33,500 new students joined the institute last year, taking the total member and student population to more than 218,000.

Already the world’s largest professional body of management accountants, CIMA enjoyed substantial growth in both new and emerging markets. The UK, Malaysia, India, Russia and South Africa all saw record numbers of new students choosing to register with CIMA to work towards their Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation and other qualifications. CIMA also added over 5,500 members globally, with membership in China increasing by 40%.

Andrew Harding FCMA, CGMA, Managing Director, CIMA, said: ‘I am delighted that we have continued to see strong growth in key and developing markets. This is further evidence that young people and employers across the world see CGMA as a vital designation for a successful career in business and finance.

‘We are committed to helping people and businesses to succeed in a tough climate. It was particularly pleasing to see an increase in students in a number of emerging markets which will become future economic powerhouses.

‘Our highly successful joint venture with the American Institute of CPAs continues to gather pace as the CGMA designation is embraced by businesses across the world. The importance of the designation is emphasised by a population of over 130,000 CGMA professionals who are shaping the strategic direction of organisations ranging from start-ups to global giants.’

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