Friday, September 23, 2016

ARI Participation at HELP University Colloquium

In a spirit of comradeship, the Accounting Research Institute (ARI HICoE) sent six papers and provided a keynote speaker for the 3rd Colloquium on Advances and Sustainability in Globalization Wave organised and held at the HELP University in its Jalan Semantan, Damansara campus.  Paper presentations were headed by Associate Professor Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi and her team from ARI. Meanwhile, Professor Dr Normah Omar, ARI Director gave a keynote speech titled "Grabbing the Opportunities and Enhancing Professional Readiness of the ASEAN Economic Community - AEC". The one-day colloquium was officially graced by HELP University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr  Khong Kim Hoong and attended by staff, students and presenters from various institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.  A total of thirty papers were presented. ARI researchers mostly presented their papers related to financial criminology, governance and forensic accounting.  Well done and congratulations for the smart-partnership between ARI and HELP University.

Congratulations ARIANs for the Six Golds

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) congratulates all fellows, associates and postgraduate students who participated in the three-day event of Innovation, Invention and Design Exposition (IIDEX 2016).  When the results were officially announced this morning, ARI fellows were awarded six gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal. Well done guys, it was a tremendous teamwork and well-deserving efforts.  Inshaallah ARI will send all gold medalists to participate in international expositions in early 2017.  In the meantime all fellows can work on promoting the use of their products to industries and government agencies.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Forensic Accounting & Financial Criminology Courses at Royal Malaysia Police

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI HICoE) thanks the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for inviting our fellows to facilitate in PDRM's one-week training program in Forensic Accounting.  The program was successfully facilitated by three ARI fellow/associates - Dr Syed Noh Syed Ahmad, Associate Professor Dr Halil Paino and Professor Dr Normah Omar.  Among the topics covered include financial statement analysis, financial statement fraud, corruption, fraud examination, procurement fraud and money laundering.  The program which was organised by the Financial Crime Unit of PDRM at Bukit Aman was to give exposure to investigation officers and to provide a platform for knowledge sharing among the officers who came from different parts of Malaysia. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ARI's Participation at IIDEX 2016


Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) organizes its annual invention, innovation & design exposition (IIDEX 2016) on 20-23 September 2016.  Themed "Revving Innovation, Soaring Commercialization", IIDEX 2016 is held at the Dewan Agung Tuanku Cancelor or DATC of UiTM in Shah Alam.  The event has attracted more than 400 research products.  The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) showcases ten (10) research innovations: Best Fit Model of Necessity Entrepreneurs; Decision Support System for Whistleblowing; Governance Rating Index for Sustainability of Mosques; Third Sector Accountability Assessment System; Social Enterprise Governance and Performance Rating; Islamic Social Responsibility Assessment System; Public Sector Financial Health Check-Up System; EPV Empowering Professionals; My Financial Risk Prediction and Cash Flow Analyzer.  Today, research fellows, research associate and post graduate students from ARI showcased their products for judging and evaluation.  It was indeed a joyous moment for all us at ARI.  The Institute of Research Management and Innovation (IRMI) is also organising pitching session with industry partners.  Congratulations all and well done.  Winners of this university-level competition will be sent for other national and international expositions. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

PBBM-UiTM Management and Leadership Training 2016

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI HICoE) of Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia and the Association of Statutory Bodies Malaysia (PBBM) have collaborated since 2012, to provide training on management and leadership to delegates that come from various Malaysian government agencies. The latest training program is held in  Australia and has started from the 14 September and will ends on 21 September 2016. Although the training period has yet to end, the journey has so far been fruitful. The delegates had a meeting with the management of Edith Cowan University for a sharing session before attending the Business Sustainability, Performance Management and Governance Symposium. Associate Professor Dr. Hadrian G Djajadikerta from the Faculty of Business of Edith Cowan University chaired the symposium. During the symposium, two representatives of ARI had presented their research papers. Associate professor Dr. Halil Paino had presented an empirical paper entitled “Modeling Dysfunctional Behavior” whilst Associate Professor Dr. Erlane K Ghani had presented a conceptual paper entitled “Integrated Reporting: A Strategic Approach to Governance’. Both papers have received commendable response from the participants of the symposium. Following the symposium, few agencies had expressed interest to collaborate with ARI. The Director of Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM), Professor Tunku Kamarulzaman Tunku Zainol Abidin had expressed interest in collaborating with ARI for new programs and incorporating integrated reporting in his organization. The Section Head of Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) Mr Azmil Haron had also requested further information on the papers for future reference and potential collaboration.  
The academics from Edith Cowan University had also provided similar intention for potential collaboration in terms of research. The delegates had the opportunity to visit the Malaysian consulate office. The delegates were very honored to meet the Consulate General, Mr Nazaruddin Ja’afar and the Education Consul, Mr Abdul Hadi Mustaffar. During the meeting, various issues were discussed in relation to the purpose of office as well as on leadership and strategic management. The delegates will be going to Sydney on the 17 September 2016. In Sydney, the delegates will attend a 1-day talk in Macquarie University where they will be given talks by two academics who are experts in leadership and strategic management. The delegates will also do a university visit at the University of Sydney and the Malaysian Consulate Office in Sydney before heading back to Malaysia. Whilst in Australia, the participants will also visit government agencies in Perth and Sydney.  Well done and congratulations ARI fellows and associates: Associate Professor Dr Halil Paino, Associate Professor Dr Erlane K. Ghani and Dr Saiyidi. 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Welcome Aboard Associate Professor Dr Erlane

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) is delighted to welcome Associate Professor Dr Erlane K. Ghani, CPA as its new research fellow effective 1st September 2016.
 Dr Erlane's appointment will be for a period of three years.   Dr Erlane's research interest is in the area of internet financial reporting which will definitely synced well with ARI's research niche agenda in Islamic Financial Criminology.  In addition to research, Dr Erlane will also be tasked to facilitate with ARI's training programs and journal administration.  With an H-Index of 9, Dr Erlane is an avid writer and scholar and will certainly contributes to ARI's future development. Welcome aboard.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

ARI Researchers for ERASMUS+ Program

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) congratulates its two researchers - Research Fellow, Associate Professor Dr Faizah Darus and Research Associate, Associate Professor Dr Haslinda Yusuf who have been selected to participate in the joint Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program between Burgas Free University, Bulgaria and Universiti Teknologi MARA.   In 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two universities.  Among the programs agreed by both universities were staff exchange and research collaboration. Earlier in May 2016, three researchers from Burgas Free  University - Professor Baltov, Professor Kotseva and Professor Anastassova came to Universiti Teknologi MARA for one week and were assigned respectively to the Arshad Ayub Business School, Faculty of Media Studies and Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism. The dean of the Faculty of Hotel Management, Dr Mohammed Hemdi was the first lecturer/researcher from UiTM being sent to Bulgaria for this program in May 2016.  Whilst in Burgas Free University, Dr Faizah and Dr Haslinda will be teaching both financial reporting and sustainability reporting to the students there.  Both will also be pursuing possible research collaboration with researchers in Bulgaria.  Current research interest of both Associate Professor Dr Faizah and Associate Professor Dr Haslinda is in the area of Sustainability Reporting.  Dr Faizah is also currently leading a research cluster in Corporate Waqaf Sustainability and Governance under ARI HICoE's  niche in Islamic Financial Criminology.   For this visit, both researchers are fully sponsored by the Erasmus+ program.  Congratulations to both of you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Congratulations ACFE-Certified Scholar

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) congratulates the recent success of its post-doctoral scholar Dr Md Shamimul Hassan when the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) admits and accredits him as a certified fraud examiner. Dr Md Shamimul Hassan sat for the ACFE examination and passed all four papers.  The ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.  The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection and deterrence. CFEs around the world help protect the global economy by uncovering fraud and implementing processes to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place. May this accreditation be the beginning of your future undertakings both in academic and research. We are very proud of you.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ARI's Involvement at ICABEC 2016

The 4th International Conference on Accounting, Business and Economics (ICABEC 2016), was successfully held in Kuala Terengganu on 28-30 August 2016 by researchers from the Faculty of Marine Business, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).  One of the main aims of the conference was to bring together researchers and practitioners who are interested in the current developments and issues related to global economy, businesses and accounting practices at a common platform.  Themed "Thriving in Emerging Economies: Transparency and Management Integrity", the conference has successfully attracted more than 100 papers.
 A selected fifteen papers would be published in a special issue of  Journal of Sustainability Science and Management (JSSM), UMT's indexed journal. JSSM is an Open-Access and peer–reviewed journal, and currently indexed in Scopus, Scimago and DOAJ. The two keynote speakers for the conference were namely ARI Director, Professor Dr Normah Omar who spoke on "Governance-Based Environment for Driving Sustainability in ASEAN Economic Community"; and President of Transparency International Malaysia, Dato’ Akhbar Haji Satar, deliberated on the topic "Corruption and Fraud".  ARI senior fellow, Associate Professor Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi was also attending the event to present her research paper. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ARI Research Retreat

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) recently organises a two-day research retreat at the Institute of Leadership & Development (ILD) with the participation of research fellows, research associates, post-doctoral scholars and distinguished researcher.  The main aims of the retreat was firstly to update members of the outcome of the recent ARI HICoE document audit at the Ministry of Higher Education.  Secondly, researchers, who are grouped into four main clusters and twelve sub-clusters presented their research progress and reported their contributions towards the HICoE Key Performance Indicators (KPI).  Thirdly, in view of additional research-related activities of ARI as a Higher Institutions' Centre of Excellence, members participated in the development of ARI's research and development policies.  This is to ensure that proper governance are in place and research output and outcome are effectively and efficiently produced to support the aspiration of ARI HICoE to become a global research centre in its niche research in Islamic Financial Criminology.  Thank you all members for your kind participation and commitment.