The Numbers Add Up to a World First!

10th June 2024

Posted In: FYI

Three Irish accountancy students have reason to celebrate after finishing first in the world in their exams. Waterford City’s Regina Carpenter achieved the highest mark globally in her Advanced Taxation (ATX) exam; Sligo Town’s Lorna Forde was first in the world in her Advanced Audit & Assurance (AAA) exam and Reece Carvin, from Swords, finished first worldwide in both his Advanced Audit & Assurance (AAA) and Advanced Performance Management (APM) exams.

All three are Association of Chartered Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) students at Dublin-based online and blended learning college, Accountancy School.

Viewing their results in context, of the worldwide number of 500,000 ACCA students, approximately 8,000 of whom study in Ireland, Regina, Lorna and Reece were three of 30 fellow Accountancy School students to finish first in Ireland. All were recognised for their achievements at a ceremony in Dublin recently.

Congratulating them on their results, Accountancy School managing director, Dave O’Donoghue said

“ACCA is a globally recognised accountancy qualification, and the key to a hugely rewarding career in accountancy and financial management, here in Ireland and internationally.”

Against the backdrop of what he terms ‘an acute world-wide shortage of accountants’, the ACCA programme and other linked courses provided by Accountancy School are “high amongst those that the School is proud to offer, not least for the fact that students consistently achieve high pass rates of up to 96 percent, and for the part the courses play in helping young people to achieve their ambitions,” he added.

Pictured (l-r): Regina Carpenter, Reece Carvin and Lorna Forde –  the three Irish accountancy students finished first in the world in their exams.