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Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program

The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) commends Institutions of higher learning (universities) that promote internal audit awareness and education through their curricula. The IIA understands that it requires dedication and university resources to support internal audit education. The IIA also understands that not all universities are able to devote the same commitment to teaching internal auditing. However, any commitment to building awareness of internal auditing, regardless of magnitude, can make a huge difference to a student searching for a career.

The IIA, the internationally recognized global voice for the profession and principal educator has stepped forward to assist universities in this effort by providing a program to recognize the various degrees of commitment and effort universities are making to provide students with the information and skill sets necessary to be able to choose from a variety of career paths.

The IIA Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program acknowledges universities teaching Internal Auditing as a standalone Internal Audit course such as Principles of Internal Auditing or Operational Auditing. This course provides students with an introduction to the profession and key activities of an entry level internal auditor.

If you believe that your school qualifies for the Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program, please complete the Request for Recognition form:

Request for Recognition form

Benefits of Participating in The IIA’s Internal Audit Academic Awareness Program

There are many benefits of participating in the program:

  • Universities participating in The IIA Academic Awareness Program have access to various materials for use in the classroom.
  • Enhanced opportunities to network with other educators teaching internal auditing to share ideas and materials.
  • Employers consult The IIA’s list of universities teaching internal auditing as they consider the degree of internal audit education they seek for their “new hires”.
  • Guest speakers may be provided upon request.

The Process for Recognition in The IIA’s Academic Awareness Program

  1. External academic accreditation is required to participate in The IIA Internal Audit Academic Program. In the USA, that accreditation is The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Outside the US, the AACSB accreditation is preferred but other equivalent accreditations will be considered.
  2. Match your existing syllabi with that suggested in The IIA Global Model Internal Auditing Curriculum.
  3. Contact your local IIA Chapter or Affiliate. The local IIA can be a good resource and will be able to assist you with the Recognition Form. If there is no local IIA in your area, contact The IIA’s Academic Relations team directly at academic@theiia.org for steps 4 & 5.
  4. Complete The IIA Request for Recognition Form which can be requested via e-mail at academic@theiia.org and submit it to IIA Academic Relations at academic@theiia.org.  Acceptance to the Program will be communicated to the university and local IIA within 60 days of receipt of the request.
  5. The university is required to annually validate the information provided in its application to verify that the program is still in compliance with the Awareness criteria. Awareness universities will be required to complete an annual report provided by The IIA Academic Relations team.

* Support of The IIA’s Academic Relations efforts is made possible through the Academic Fund.

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