KYS Business School (KYSB) was initially founded in 2013 as a boutique educational provider aiming to enlist students pursuing professional accountancy qualification. This was a timely and strategic decision, as Malaysia’s projected shortfall of qualified chartered accountants was an area of concern in terms of Malaysia’s prospects of economic growth. Consequently, KYSB collaborated very closely with a consortium of New Zealand universities and the peak professional body of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) in a unique and innovative transnational educational venture to design a programme that would provide students with a quality international education, while assisting them in pursuing their professional goals.
The Establishment of KYS Business School, and the introduction of its New Zealand Chartered Accountancy Pathway Programme (NZCAP) has aimed to raise the standard of education in Malaysia, build quality human capital, and highlight Malaysia as a educational hub in the region, and KYSB has achieved all of this while forging a closer relationship between the two nations through these educational initiatives.
On an annual basis, KYSB students have been transferring to New Zealand at over a 99% success rate since the first batch departed in 2014, and they have developed a reputation as outstanding undergraduates and upstanding members of the community in New Zealand. KYSB’s graduates of Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland, and University of Canterbury have gone on to find positions in the ‘big four’ auditing firms, as well as in many prominent corporate entities in both Malaysia and New Zealand.
Building on a success of the NZCAP programme, KYSB has developed a similar pathway to Science degrees in eight New Zealand universities, and from 2019 began offering a homegrown Diploma in Accounting. Further, it also offers the professional stage MICPA/CAANZ programme, along with an Adventure Tourism Management course in collaboration with Quuenstown Resort College (NZ). Continued development and growth is ahead, as KYSB sets out to sustain its emergence as an exceptional educational innovator in the region.