An exhibition detailing the Hong Kong Society of Accountants' (HKSA) new examinations will tour six universities. The roadshow, organised by the Hong Kong Inter-Tertiary Accountancy Association, will introduce students to new qualifications to be launched in December 1999. The HKSA is proposing a new examination to register professionals in Hong Kong. Current first-year students will be the first batch of graduates to undergo the new programme. HKSA president Tim Lui Tim-leung said graduate accountants would have to take part in the professional programme before they could be promoted to certified accountant status. Students will take an average of two to three years to complete the programme and must then pass an examination to become certified accountants. Mr Lui said the programme would lift the status of Hong Kong accountants. He said the new scheme still had to gain recognition from international accounting professional bodies so that Hong Kong accountants could practise overseas. The exhibition opened at City University on Monday.