What this means in practice:
Developing the ACCA Qualification so that it continues to provide the skills and professionalism demanded by employers globally in every sector and promoting ACCA through a vibrant and forward-looking brand.
Number of students.
Why we use this indicator:
It shows our success in extending the appeal of our qualification to the next generation and the strength of our membership pipeline.
Five year performance
Total students and affiliates
Year on year growth rate
Target not achieved
Although we did not hit the ambitious global student target we set, we saw a significantly improved overall growth rate, driven by strong demand for ACCA across our global market portfolio and stronger retention than in previous years.
We achieved our objective of improving student retention this year, moving this up by 1.7% on last year to 84.7%. This was driven by both developing and promoting more and wider student support and our focus on recruiting students who are informed, motivated and supported to progress.
On the recruitment front, we welcomed 106,021 new students from 160 countries – a 2.4% increase on the prior year – with China, the UK and Nigeria performing especially well.
Through continued investment in our markets network and more defined operating models for our key markets, we expect to slightly improve our rate of growth in 2018-19.
Since 1904, ACCA has forged powerful relationships – across countries, sectors, and our varied stakeholders – that have helped build a strong global profession.