Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ARI Sharing Session with UMT

The Department of Accounting & Finance, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) has invited the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) to share its experience and journey in becoming one of the country's six Higher Institutions' Centres of Excellence (HICoE) in Malaysia.
ARI was represented by Assoc. Prof Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi, Deputy Director of ARI (Postgraduate & Innovation). A one-day "sharing session" was attended by researchers and lecturers from the Accounting and Finance department, UMT. The morning session was specifically dedicated for "ARI sharing session". Dr Zuraidah spoke on ARI evolution from an individual-based "special interest group" to a cluster-based research centre and finally to a HICoE. As a HICoE, ARI works in synergy with its partners by participating in collaborative research at the national and international level. Dr Zuraidah also spent some time to explain the MyRA instrument. Aspiring centre of excellence must understand the requirements of the MyRA instrument as it forms the tenet of HICoE evaluation.
Meanwhile, in the afternoon session Assoc. Prof Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi shared some of her expertise in quantitative research method and statistical analysis with the participants. The session was officiated by the Assoc. Prof Dr Mohd Hassan Che Haat, the Head of Accounting & Finance Department. Also present was Dr Mohd Shaari Abd. Rahman, Deputy Dean (Academic & Students’ Affairs); Assoc Prof Dr Nur Azura Sanusi, Deputy Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Management & Economics, UMT; Dr Zalailah Salleh, Deputy Director of Center of Socioeconomic Development, UMT, and Dr Zunaidah Sulong, a representative from Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin. Several research topics in the areas of Islamic Finance and Financial Criminology have been identified for possible future collaboration between ARI and UMT. The Eastcoast sea breeze is definitely a luxury opportunity for more ideas and creativity!!