Have you faced this problem before ?
When I was in Kuwait I saw that very clearly ! Let me tell you about my academic path.
I have achieved a bachelor in IT and computing , then i studied master in accounting and finance because I always been interested in business and investments, and accounting fulfils this passion quite well. After I finished my master I decided to do two main things in the future . I decided to study a PHD in accounting and at the part time finish and study ACCA . As you can see the later two are quite different but I wanted to strengthen both academic and professional skills in accounting. All my future plans are concentrated on Kuwait. Which I plan ( after gaining some practical experience) to open a small business in accounting and auditing. Unfortunately in Kuwait the rules does not go easily with my plans. The route to establishing this kind of business is not straight forward. To obtain a license you need to have a bachelor in accounting which I don’t have. You also need to be a member of the “Kuwait Association of Accountants and Auditors” where they have the same terms. I think that’s stupid ! because one don’t need to have a bachelor degree to open a practise or join an association . Any qualification or a proof of experience should do the job quite simply. How about my case ? When I finish both PhD and ACCA I will be over qualified in accounting and any one who said the opposite doesn’t know a thing.
Currently I am living and studying in UK. From my experience you can work as an accountant even if you don’t have a bachelor in accounting. All you need to prove is skills and experience, other wise a qualification is a must. I heard that USA is the same. So why don’t our friends in Kuwait do the same !