Sunday, December 4, 2016

Successful International Visits to Dubai and Iran

The Accounting Research Institute thanks Professor Dato' Dr Mustaffa Zain and his team for their successful recent international visits to Dubai and Iran.  In Dubai, they attended the Global Academy of Training & Research (GATR) in collaboration with various National and International Universities and Publishers.  Themed "Contemporary Issues in Business And Social Sciences Research: A Dubai Initiative", ARI team managed to get their papers accepted for publication in several SCOPUS and ERA-indexed journals.  In Iran, the team visited two universities, namely Payam Noor University and Imam Reza University.  They were also invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Malaysian Embassy in Tehran.  The Education attache of the Iran Embassy in Malaysia will be organising memorandum of understanding between Universiti Teknologi MARA and Top 10 universities in Iran sometime in April 2017. Dato' Dr Mustaffa was heading the delegation comprising ARI fellows and associates and officers from several statutory bodies who are members of the Association of Malaysian Statutory Bodies (Persatuan Badan-Badan Berkanun Malaysia, PBBM).  The visit has received a  lot of attention from many Iran universities and other government agencies and there were reports of the visits that appeared in Iran's mainstream newspapers and television stations.  ARI also thank Dr Soheil Kaziman, our post-doctoral scholar who is from Iran.  He was responsible for arranging the logistics including places to visit and meetings with the right people in Iran.  Dr Soheil was a PhD student at the Faculty of Accountancy and stayed back to do his post-doctoral training at ARI.  Iran is also home to the Islamic Citation Centre (ISC).  In 2008, the 57 member countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) have approved the creation of an Islamic Citation Centre (ISC) to be based in Iran.  
Basically, the ISC will manage a Science Citation Index similar to that of Thomson Reuters Scientific, which will analyse research performance in Islamic countries with the aim of improving research output and impact. The index will rank Islamic countries' scientific publications, introduce quantitative and qualitative measures for journals, and produce analytical reports on the status of universities, research institutions and technology centres by looking at their research productivity, impact and excellence.  It is our aspiration that some of UiTM journals will be indexed with ISC.  Well done team, you have done us proud. 



Friday, December 2, 2016

UiTM in Top 300 listing of BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017.

Congratulations Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) for making its maiden entrants to the top 300 listing of BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017. 
This is exceprt from the Malaymailonline dated 1st December 2016:
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Three local universities broke into the top 100 of the Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, signalling further progress since seven such institutions placed in the World University Rankings 2016. According to the new survey,  Universiti Putra Malaysia was 89th, a 14-place from climb from its previous ranking, in the assessment involving 300 universities from 50 countries from developing countries as well as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that from the BRICS.
Other Malaysian universities that made the top 100 are Universiti Teknologi Petronas (91) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (100). Universiti Sains Malaysia was 114th and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia was 136th while Universiti Utara Malaysia made it within the 201-250 band and Universiti Teknologi MARA,  the 251-300 band. UTP, UUM and UiTM are maiden entrants to the list.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/three-malaysian-universities-make-the-top-100-brics-list#sthash.DoaJtjk0.dpuf

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Congratulations to ALL AKNC Finalists

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) congratulates all finalists of the Vice Chancellor Quality Awards (Anugerah Kualiti Naib Cancelor or fondly known as AKNC) of Universiti Teknologi MARA.  Basically, AKNC is the award for the attainment of performance excellence among the Responsibility Centres (PTJ) in UiTM highlighting their best practices. 
ARI Director, Professor Dr Normah Omar is one of the six jury panels for AKNC 2016 which is headed by UiTM Vice Chancellor, Professor Emeritus Dato'  Dr Hassan Said.  Other jury panels are namely Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Omar, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation); Professor Dr Zaini Abdullah, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry, Community and Alumni); Professor Dr Roziah Janor, Assistant Vice Chancellor (InQKA) and Datin Rosmawati.  The AKNC award finalists are grouped into three classifications: Faculties, State Campuses and departments. The competition is coordinated and organised by The Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement, or InQKA.
  
Representing the faculties are Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Electrical Engineering.  The departments are represented by the Reistrar Office, the Treasury Department and the Students Affairs Department.  Meanwhile, finalists from state campuses are from Perak, Pahang and Melaka. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two More Q1 Publications for ARI, Congratulations

Congratulations are in order for two senior research fellows at the Accounting Research Institute (ARI): Professor Dr Nafsiah Mohammed and Associate Professor Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi for getting their research papers accepted for publication in Q1 journals.  
Professor Dr Nafsiah with two other authors from UiTM Sarawak (Dr Corina Joseph and Mariam Midin) wrote a paper titled "Promoting Societal Governance: Stakeholders'Engagement Disclosure in Malaysian Local Authorities'Websites" in the Q1 journal Journal of Cleaner Production.  Meanwhile, Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi article titled "Effects of Goal Orientation, Self-Efficacy and Task Complexity on the  Audit Judgement Performance of Malaysian Auditors" has been accepted to be published in a Q1 journal - Accounting. Auditing and Accountability Journal.
Three other co-authors of the paper are namely Professor Gary Monroe of New South Wales (UNSW) university, Australia, Professor Dr Norman Salleh from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Professor Dr Takiah Mohd Iskandar from the Accounting Research Institute.  Well done to both of you.  Both papers will be counted as part of ARI's publications in Q1 journals for our niche research agenda in Islamic Financial Criminology

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Congratulations and Well Done Prof Dr Nafsiah Muhammad

The Accounting research Institute (ARI) acknowledges and thank Professor Dr Nafsiah Muhammad for a very successful recent networking visits to Indonesia.  There were three very important agendas during her visit:  First was the co-organisation of the first Comparative Asia-Africa Governmental Accounting

Conference (CAAGA) in Jakarta.  Themed "Comparison of Good Government Governance Between Asian and African Countries", Prof Dr Nafsiah was one of the keynote speakers.  At ARI, Prof Dr Nafsiah is currently heading the Public Sector Accounting Research Centre.
Second was the meeting with the Supervisory and Financial Development Board  or the Badan Pengawasan Keuangan dan Pembangunan (BPKP) to discuss BPKP-UiTM/ARI Training & research programs.  To date, BPKP has sent three cohorts of its STAR students and staff for on the job training in various government agencies in Malaysia. STAR, which stands for State Accountability Revitalization is an activity initiated by the government of the Republic of Indonesia to strengthen the financial accountability of the state.
 The STAR program aims towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the financial management function of the public sector through the strengthening of institutions or government institutions through the implementation of staff scholarships program for formal education at S1 (Bachelor) and S2 (Master) levels.   The discussions include among others the proposed plans for 2017.  Third was a site visit to BPKP training centre at Bogor. Professor Dr Nafsiah also discuss the possibility of organising a research and publication training workshops in Bogor for other STAR participants in Indonesia. The Accounting Research Institute and Universiti Teknologi MARA thank BPKP for a great hospitality provided for Professor Dr Nafsiah and her team during the visit.  Both agencies are now working towards the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for future international collaborations. 



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Congratulations Professor Emeritus Dr Takiah


Members and staff of the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) congratulate our distinguished research scientist Dr Takiah Iskandar for recently being conferred her Emeritus (or Emerita) Professor status by the Faculty of Economy and Management of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).  Professor Takiah has served UKM both as a lecturer and as dean of the faculty of economy and management.  Her expertise and research interests are in the areas of auditing and corporate governance. At ARI, Professor Takiah is heading one of ARI's research clusters within the Islamic Financial Criminology research niche.  Professor Takiah is a prolific researcher and writer.  She has authored more than one hundred journal papers.  To date her accumulated citations stand at 748 with a personal "H-Index"of 14. This is certainly a commendable standing, Congratulations and well done Professor Emerita Dr Takiah Iskandar.  We are very proud of you. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Empowering Middle Class Financial Freedom

Professor Dr Normah Omar was today invited to give a professional talk entitled "Empowering Middle Class To Achieve Financial Freedom" to officers from the Retirement Advisory Services (RAS) unit of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) at  EPF Learning Centre in Bangi.  RAS is part of EPF's long-term plans to enhance service delivery that aims to help members achieve a sustainable retirement, for those nearing retirement or the newly retired.  Members will be given guidelines and options to help them manage and grow their EPF savings.  
RAS also has awareness and education programmes on basic financial and retirement planning.  Participants were exposed to important concepts such as active and passive income.  Budget 2016 defines Malaysia’s middle class (also known as M40) as those 40% Malaysian whose household monthly income ranges between  RM3.860 to RM8,319.   Passive income is an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it. The American Internal Revenue Service categorizes income into three broad types, active incomepassive income, and portfolio income.  Examples include book royalties and dividend-paying stocks. Investopedia defines passive income as "earnings an individual derives from a rental property, limited partnership or other enterprise in which he or she is not actively involved."

Monday, November 14, 2016

Promoting Research with Impact

Research impact is, in general, the effect research has beyond academia. Research Councils UK (RCUK) for example, defines research impact as 'the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy'. This can involve academic impact, economic and societal impact or both:
(i) Academic impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent social and economic research makes in shifting understanding and advancing scientific, method, theory and application across and within disciplines; (ii) Economic and societal impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent social and economic research makes to society and the economy, and its benefits to individuals, organisations and/or nations.  The impact of research, be it academic, economic and social can include:
1. Instrumental: influencing the development of policy, practice or service provision, shaping legislation, altering behaviour; 2. Conceptual: contributing to the understanding of policy issues, reframing debates and 3. Capacity building: through technical and personal skill development.  At the Accounting Research Institute, research impact relates to its ability to make a difference - to the society, the policy makers and human kind.  The New Straits Times newspaper in its Learning Curve column provides a good illustration of what research impacts constitute.  Included in the write ups is ARI's research niche agenda in Islamic Financial Criminology under the heading "Advancing Knowledge for the Common Good". Congratulations all ARIANs. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Economic Transformation Program for Asnaf

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) in collaboration with the Sultan Mizan Foundation or the Yayasan DiRaja Sultan Mizan (YDSM) and Mydin Holding Berhad initiated an economic transformation program for the Asnaf and single mothers in Terengganu in 2014. Pusat Jahitan Baju Kurung specializes in producing the national dress for Malaysia.  The Sultan Mizan Foundation with the sponsorship of large government linked companies (GLCs) equipped the centres with sewing machines and other tailoring equipment.  As a party to the program, Mydin Holding Berhad supplies raw materials in the form of textiles and other tailoring materials and buy-back the finished products at bulk prices.  Two centres have been set up respectively in Kuala Terengganu and Paka. Each centre accommodates around 20-25 participants.  
The participants, who work in groups  produce at least 500 pairs of baju kurung weekly.  One of the main challenges often faced by small entrepreneurs is to find sustainable customers.  The ready-market concept offered by Mydin Holding Berhad allows the participants to produce quality products.  ARI provides financial management and other governance-related training to the participants. The program targets a period of two years for the participants, after which they are encouraged to manage their own little business. Congratulations all ARIANs.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Grantsmanship Workshop at Curtin University


Recently, three grant assessors from the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) and one from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MOSTI) were invited by Curtin University Sarawak Campus in Miri to give a one-day "Grantsmanship Workshop".  The four assessors were namely Professor Dato' Nik Muhammad from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Professor Dr Norhamidi from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Professor Dr Normah Omar from Universiti Teknologi MARA and Dr Sharon Teh from University College Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The one-day workshop invited grant applicants from the university who were reasonably well-versed in preparing an application according to the various guidelines given by competitive grant schemes. What is less known and which needs revealing, is how assessors in technical panels at the national KPT and MoSTI levels scrutinize, cull, shortlist and pick winning applications individually and as a panel. Since the speakers were all from different areas of expertise, they were able to share their experiences on the "do's and don'ts" of  grant application.  Highest on the list is the need for researchers to showcase and highlight new research areas that are in tandem with government initiatives and that can support Malaysia's aspiration to become a developed and high income nation. About sixty aspiring researchers attended the workshop and there were a lot of questions raised during the Questions & Answers session.  All in all it was a great event.  Thank you Curtin University for the invitation.