The Association of International Accountants (AIA) was founded in the UK in 1928 as a professional accountancy body and from conception has promoted the concept of ‘international accounting’ to create a global network of accountants in over 85 countries worldwide. AIA is recognized by the UK as a Recognized Qualifying Body for statutory auditors under the Companies Act 2006, as a Prescribed Body under the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 in the Republic of Ireland, and members qualified as a statutory auditor and registered with a Recognized Supervisory Body (RSB) are able to seek registration as a statutory auditor across the European Union. AIA has supervisory status for its members in the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and has recognition to operate in the National Qualifications Framework as an Awarding Body. The AIA professional qualification is currently recognized in over 30 countries worldwide.
Metro Education was established in 1997 with its headquarter in Singapore. Metro Education’s vision is to be the leading institution of international education in the field of accounting and business in China. As a foreign education institution, Metro Education has two campuses in Shanghai and a team of professional teaching staff of over 100 people. As the Chief Representative in China for the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Association of Business Practitioners (ABP) in UK, Metro Education conducts the AIA and ABP programe under the Full-time and Part-time mode targeting at High School graduates and the working adults. By the end of 2011, Metro Education has established regional offices in Hangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Dalian, Qingdao and Guiyang in China and a regional office in Seoul, Korea. Metro Education was consecutively awarded “Outstanding Accounting Institution” in 2009 and 2010 by the Shanghai Morning Post and “Category A membership” by the Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment. Currently, there are only 20 companies which has been awarded this membership in Shanghai.