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 About the IFRS Education Initiative


A Guide to the IFRS Education Initiative

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The objective of the education initiative is to reinforce the IFRS Foundation’s goal of promoting the adoption and consistent application of a single set of high-quality international accounting standards.

In fulfilling its objective, the education initiative takes account of the special needs of small and medium-sized entities and emerging economies. 

To achieve its objective, the education initiative will make available an appropriate range of high-quality, understandable and up-to-date material and services about standard-setting and IFRSs. Click here for a list of recent publications. Click here for a list of forthcoming IFRS events.  


Framework-based teaching of principle-based standards

The IFRS Foundation education initiative is developing comprehensive free to download teaching material to support those teaching IFRS to develop their students' ability to make the judgements and estimates to apply IFRS with rigour and consistency. Click here for the material.

For the Arabic-language teaching material
For the Chinese-language teaching material
For the French-language teaching material
For the Japanese-language teaching material
For the Portuguese-language teaching material
For the Russian-language teaching material
For the Spanish-language teaching material

The IFRS Foundation education initiative is arranging a series of regional IFRS Teaching workshops to assist IFRS teachers and IFRS trainers educate IFRS accountants more effectively. The main focus of these sessions is encouraging and supporting a Framework-based approach to teaching IFRSs to develop in students the ability to make the judgements that are necessary to apply principle-based accounting standards and to prepare students for lifelong learning. Most of these sessions are hosted jointly with international and regional academic accounting associations in advance of major accounting conferences. For more information click here.

To listen to a webcast that introduces Framework-based teaching click here.

IASB Education, Framework Based Teaching 
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training material

The IFRS Foundation Education Initiative is developing CPD training material on the more recently issued Standards. The free to download training material comprises a PowerPoint presentation.

Access the material here.

IFRS for SMEs training material

The IFRS Foundation is developing comprehensive free to download training material to support the implementation of the IFRS for SMEs, click here for the material.

For the Arabic-language training material
For the Russian-language training material 
For the Spanish-language training material
For the Turkish-language training material


Regional IFRS for SMEs Train the Trainer workshops

The IFRS Foundation is holding regional ‘train the trainers’ workshops, in co-operation with regional professional associations and the world’s development agencies, to build capacity for the implementation of the IFRS for SMEs, particularly in developing and emerging economies. For more information click here.


For Arabic-language workshops
For French-language workshops 
For Portuguese-language workshops 
For Russian-language workshops 
For Spanish-language workshops 
For Turkish-language workshops  


Working with academics from around the world

The education initiative staff includes Academic Fellows (ie IFRS Academics on sabbatical leave from the universities). Academic Fellows generally fill a 1-year term. Exceptional candidates will also be considered to fill the post for a period of 6 months. Click here for more information about the post of Academic Fellow.

The education staff organise special interest sessions on IFRS Teaching and IFRS Research. These sessions are held in advance of leading academic conferences and other events. They are frequently held jointly with leading international and regional academic accounting bodies. Click here for more information.

The education staff also present to visiting delegations of academics and their students from around the world click here for the material presented to a typical visiting delegation.


Working with others

Much of the education initiative’s work is performed in conjunction with others. In particular the education initiative frequently participates in accounting reform and IFRS capacity- building programmes arranged by the world’s development agencies (eg the World Bank). It also holds joint IFRS events with leading professional bodies and co-brands a number of major IFRS conferences arranged by the world’s bigger accountancy firms and other organisations.

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Education Advisory Group (EAG):

Project contacts

Michael Wells
Director, IFRS Education Initiative
email: mwells@ifrs.org

Elizabeth Buckley

Project Manager, IFRS Education Initiative
email: ebuckley@ifrs.org 

Yousouf Hansye

Project Manager, IFRS Education Initiative

email: yhansye@ifrs.org  

Fred Nieto

Investor Education Manager, IFRS Education Initiative

email: fnieto@ifrs.org   


Gloria Lindfield
Executive Assistant, IFRS Education Initiative
email: glindfield@ifrs.org