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16 October, 2017

Similar to the over 2,000 accounting degree graduates generated by more than 20 local and overseas universities and colleges in Hong Kong in every year, most of our BPAcc graduates are eager to work for the “Big Four” accounting firms (i.e. Deloitte, EY, KPMG & PwC) as their first full-time employment.  In order to help our BPAcc students and graduates-to-be preparing for applying the “Big 4”, we used to invite partners or directors of two to three of the Big 4 accounting firms as guest speakers of our monthly professional accounting seminars conducted in each academic year.

On Monday 16 October 2017, our College had the honor and pleasure to have Mr Fergus Wong, as the guest speaker for our monthly professional accounting seminar titled “Taxation Matters”.  Fergus has many years of experience in Hong Kong taxation gained through working in the Inland Revenue Department, teaching taxation in local tertiary institutions and providing training and technical advice with professional firms. Currently he is the Technical Director in PwC National Tax Policy Services, the technical supporting team.  His focus is the developments in Hong Kong and international taxation and provides technical support to client serving teams.  In 2014/15, he was the Chairman of ACCA Hong Kong and has been served as a member on the ACCA International Council since 2013.  Fergus is a fellow member of the ACCA, the HKICPA and the CPA Australia.  He is also a Certified Tax Agent (HK).

Being a professional accountant specialised in taxation for 38 years, Mr Wong shared vividly his stories that reflect the development in the accounting profession and tax practice over the period in Hong Kong.

Throughout this 1.5-hour seminar, Fergus has reiterated a few times that the key success factors for working in a Big 4 accounting firm is to equip yourself with wide accounting skills as a generalist and focus on certain discipline(s) as a specialist; in addition to have flexible mobility willing to travel and work around the world other than mainland China and Asian countries.  Finally, Fergus encouraged our students to have faith in yourself the ability to accomplish every job that you like and undertake.

Mr Fergus Wong (middle) with Prof Joseph Yau (left) and Mr Edward Chiu