June 9, 2023

Accounting Graduates More than Double National Passing Rate

Adventist University of the Philippines students are an example, leaders say.

Adventist University of the Philippines, Southern Asia-Pacific Division, and Adventist Review
The new Certified Public Accountants who graduated at the Adventist University of the Philippines and more than doubled the national exam passing rate. [Photo: Adventist University of the Philippines College of Business]

The teachers, staff, and students at the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) have every reason to be thankful for the results of the recently concluded Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (CPALE). AUP alumni obtained a remarkable pass rate of 72.73 percent, above the national pass rate of 30.35 percent. This success demonstrates their commitment to academic success as they are guided by a distinctive Bible-based education, institutional leaders said.

The CPALE is recognized as one of the country’s most difficult board examinations. However, AUP students rose to the challenge, demonstrating resilience, determination, and God’s blessings on their academic journey, leaders said.

“Our hearts are filled with humility and gratitude as we witness the Lord’s goodness and His abundant blessings upon our students,” Lualhati Sausa, AUP College of Business dean, said. “This exceptional performance is a testament to the combined efforts of our faculty, students, and the divine guidance that accompanies our university’s mission,” she added.

AUP promotes the celebration of God’s love and the development of qualities such as courage, patience, and service over the chase of titles and accolades. The CPALE’s outstanding success is visible evidence of the rewards of these efforts, school leaders said.

The new Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) gave personal remarks on the significance of their success, which, they said, is rooted in their religion and driven by their Adventist beliefs. When asked what it means to be a CPA, Aira Ruzzelle Paragas said that “being a CPA means being a guardian of public interest.” She added, “In this world of injustice and corruption, I would like to shine a light on honesty. We all know that greed is the source of all evil, and I want to begin my ministry in this area. As a newcomer to this profession, I may not be able to contribute much, but I am resolved to do everything in my power to further God’s purpose.”

Another new CPA, Ronna Mia Maniquis, expressed her pleasure and sense of responsibility. “It is a realization that I have a greater responsibility to fulfill, and I am now excited about what I can do and learn in the profession. At the same time, it feels like a fresh start with new chances,” Maniquis said.

These AUP graduates’ accomplishments go beyond individual triumphs, illustrating the institution’s dedication to producing professionals who are not only skilled in their disciplines but also motivated by a deep sense of contribution to society, school leaders said. “AUP’s distinctive educational method, which incorporates biblical principles and values, provides its students with a strong moral compass and a desire to make a positive difference in the world. As it continues to shape future leaders, the institution is committed to creating an atmosphere that fosters religion, supports excellence, and instills a desire to serve.”

The original version of this story was posted on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division news site.