The auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, was awarded an honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU) of China on Saturday, 25 June 2016, a day after the first-ever BRICS SAI (Supreme Audit Institutions) leaders’ meeting.

Also honoured at the ceremony, overseen by Mr Liu Jiayi, the auditor-general of China and president of the China National Audit Office (CNAO) Audit Academy at the university, were the comptroller and auditor-general of India, Mr Sharma, and the president of the Federal Court of Accounts of Brazil, Mr Cedraz. To date a total of 22 SAI leaders have been honoured with this award, which comes with a commitment to visit the academy for guest lectures whenever possible.

In his acceptance speech, Kimi noted that he receives the award not only in his own name, but also on behalf of all the hard-working staff of the AGSA. His speech dealt with the need for auditor professionalism - a key topic within the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (Intosai) at this time - and touched on the impact of professionalism on the quality and value-add of any audit, especially where the work is done to the benefit of the citizens of a country.

The NAU is a financial and economic institute of higher education that has facilitated close cooperation between Intosai, the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (Asosai) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

The academy boasts a very modern campus measuring 80 000 square metres, including a large auditorium, lecture halls, dormitories, dining halls and sport facilities. Among other streams, the academy offers ACCA and IIA accredited education and training and supports many SAIs in their capacity-building efforts in Asia, Europe and Africa.