Amsterdam the right place for financial innovation

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) –  a global association of controllers, management accountants and financial professionals – is opening a branch in Amsterdam. The IMA is best-known as the organisation behind the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification. The IMA, whose head office is in New Jersey, USA, has more than 80,000 members across 140 countries.

The organisation has collaborated with several Dutch schools that prepare financial professionals for the CMA exams, including the Rotterdam School of Management, Staan Academy and Fintree. Amsterdam’s VU University, a long-term partner of the IMA, is also launching a new programme this spring that is specifically tailored to chartered accountants who want to make the transition to management accountancy.

More and more new schools opening in Amsterdam

The IMA is not the only private educational and training organisation to choose from in Amsterdam. Last year, the city welcomed the newest branch of the Groningen Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute is a non-profit educational organisation that works with local colleges and universities to promote Chinese language and culture. There are now several hundred Confucius Institutes operating in dozens of countries around the world.

Another new arrival in 2016 was The Abbey Road Institute, which trains students in music production and the music business. It is affiliated with the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, which has recorded music by many of the world’s leading artists, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Adele.

These schools have all recognised Amsterdam’s leading role in meeting the new demands of a changing economy. Other recent schools to open here include the New York Code + Design Academy (NYCDA), the trend-watching programme Trendacademy and the Team Academy programme for entrepreneurs. 


Find out more about studying in Amsterdam, or take a look at its many universities and colleges.