Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Setting a HICoE Vision

The Institute for Infrastructure Engineering and Sustainable Development (IIESM)of Universiti Teknologi MARA organised a one-day strategic visioning workshop at the INTEKMA Resort today. IIESM aspires to become another HICoE from UiTM. In essence, IIESM has seven research units under its wing. They are namely: Geotechnical Engineering & Georisk Management (MYGERMAC), Concrete Waste Engineering & Earthquake CWE3C), Innovative Construction Materials & Structures (ICMSC), Flood Marine, Bioremediation, Water Resources Engineering & Management Research (WAREM) and International Research on Disaster Prevention. As the only HICoE from UiTM, the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) Director, Prof Dr Normah Omar has been invited to share ARI's own experiences. ARI hopes that IIESM will be successful in its vision of becoming another HICoE from Universiti Teknologi MARA.

Monday, November 29, 2010

New Applied Research Reports

ARI wishes to congratulate eleven of our Masters Students who have successfully completed and submitted their applied research project. The eleven research titles are as follows:
1. Performance Review of Fraud Detection System; A Case Study of A Malaysian Bank
2. Analysis of Under-Declared Tax: A Case Study of an IRB Branch
3. Mid-Term Review of Government-Linked Companies Transformation Program
4. Skills and Competencies of Accountants to Detect Financial Fraud: A Case Study
5. Evaluation and Analysis of Non-Performing Loan of a Financial Institution
6. An Analysis of Corporate Disclosure Awareness Among the Management of a PLC
7. An Analysis of Fraud Awareness Among Employees of an Insurance Company
8. Risk Assessment on the Operational Department of a Malaysian Port
9. Employees Perception on Whistle Blowing Policy in Detecting Occupational Fraud
10.Transforming the Malaysian Public Sector: Methods & Experiences of MAMPU
11.NPL of a Local Bank: Evidences from Post-Mortem Review Reports

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Forging Reasearch Clusters in ASEAN Countries

Day Two:
The first conference to launch the Pioneering ASEAN Higher Education Research Clusters was held recently in Bangkok, Thailand on 26-27 November 2010. Malaysia was represented by directors of all HICoEs and a deputy vice chancellor from UPM. Nine countries namely Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, philippines, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and Brunei attended the conference which was hosted by the SEAMEO RIHED of the Thai higher Education Department in Bangkok. The meeting agreed in principle over the development of an ASEAN Citation Index (ACI)to cater for the regional needs of ASEAN researchers. Research clusters will be spearheaded by individual centre of excellence. Based on the available network obtained from the conference, ARI is poosibly looking at forging a research cluster with NTU & NUS (Singapore), University of Chullalongkorn (Thailand) and UniversityBrunei Darulsalam.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Conference on Pioneering ASEAN Higher Education Research Clusters

Day One:
In view of our efforts to forge strategic alliances with top notch research centres globally, it was indeed a golden opportunity for ARI when the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) invited us (ARI) to represent Malaysia to the first ASEAN conference on Higher Education Research. The conference was attended by 42 international delegates on top of more than 300 Thai participants who represented their respective universities. The two day event was officially opened by the Thailand Prime Minister. Basically the conference was held with two very specific objectives. Firstly, participants are to agree on a specific research cluster projects. Secondly, the conference must decide on how such research cluster will be carried out. ARI hopes to identify strategic alliance partners from among ASEAN universities.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Congratulations to Another Batch of Winners

The first day of UiTM's 73rd convocation was held today. The event was graced opened by the His Royal Highness, DYMM Yang diPertuan Agung, Tuanku Mizan. His Royal Highness is the university's Chancellor. The event saw among others, the awards of honorary doctorates to two of UiTM's former vice chancellor and director. Dato' Ahmad Zaidee Laidin was awarded the Doctor of Electrical Engineering and Prof Dr Mansor Salleh the Doctor of Mechanical Engineering. For ARI and the Faculty of Accountancy, beside the Diploma in Accountancy and the Bachelor of Accountancy students, we also celebrated the successes of our post graduate students: 15 Master of Accountancy, 1 Master in Corporate Governance and 18 Master in Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology. Congratulations and well done....