UFS lecturer comes out on top during board exam

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UFS School of Accountancy Lecturer, Michelle de Lange, aced the recent Chartered Global Management Accountants Board Exam, obtaining the second position. PHOTO: Supplied

University of the Free State (UFS) Lecturer Michelle de Lange finished second in the world at the Chartered Global Management Accountant Board Examination, only coming second by a point difference to the first candidate.

According to the Deputy Director of Communication and Marketing at the UFS, Dr Nitha Ramnath, De Lange obtained the fourth position back in 2019 during the CIMA Gateway Exam. This year she was determined to outdo herself.

“Becoming a CGMA requires discipline, so I am grateful for the support I received in preparation for the board exam, in particular from my husband Francois, who has always been understanding and encouraging,” said De Lange.

“The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest global professional management accounting body to offer training and qualification in management accountancy,” said Ramnath.

De Lange, who holds another professional accreditation from the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), coordinates the BCom Honours in Management Accounting programme, which is CIMA-aligned for postgraduate students.

For De Lange, the greatest reward is the realisation of the impact she is making on her students through strategic vision.

Having worked in the private sector and later joining the UFS as an Assistant Director at Finance back in 2016, De Lange believed that something was missing; that there was more to give. In 2018 she moved to the School of Accountancy, taking on her new role as Lecturer. “I wanted to make a difference and be significant. This motivated my move to lecturing,” said De Lange.

Her passion for teaching extends beyond the lecture hall. De Lange pays it forward by supporting students through a hands-on approach and ensuring that assessments are CIMA-aligned.

“The School of Accountancy in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is proud of De Lange and her achievements,” said Ramnath

Compiled by Bonolo Moloi