Saturday, April 13, 2013

ARI's Upcoming Visiting Professors

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) is happy to announce the arrivalof two visiting professors in April 2013.  Professor Stuart Locke from the University of Waikato, New Zealand will be in Universiti Teknologi MARA for a week from 22nd April to 28th April 2013.  Meanwhile, Professor Kabir Hassan from the University of New Orleans will be visiting the university for two weeks from 22nd April to 3rd May 2013.  Professor Stuart Locke has a background in finance, economics, valuation and chartered accountancy, and is Chairperson of the Department of Finance. His current research interests are in corporate governance, agribusiness finance, small business finance and personal financial planning, and he is a frequent media commentator on these topics. Stuart oversees the Management Research Centre, the commercial consultancy arm of the School which is now part of the IBR. The MRC produces financial benchmarking and business performance studies in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).  Stuart has been on the Board of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce and is actively involved with NZICA facilitating professional accountancy school programmes.  ARI's first collaboration with Stuart was the coorganization of an International Corporate Governance Conference in New Delhi, India in February 2012.  Professor Kabir Hassan has been with the University of New Orleans since 1990.  Prof. Hassan is a financial economist with teaching, research and consulting experiences in financial markets and institutions, Islamic Finance, corporate finance, applied economics and development finance. He has published a lot of articles in refereed academic journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Applied Financial Economics, and Atlantic Economic Journal, and presented numerous papers in professional meetings in many parts of the world. Prof. Hassan has received many awards and recognition for his outstanding teaching and research performances. He has received a number of research grants to conduct research in international trade, banking and finance areas.  In fact Prof Kabir Hassan was one of the keynote speakers at the last Islamic Accounting conference in November 2012.  We welcome both of them.  A lot of activities have been arranged for both scholars.


Friday, April 12, 2013

ARI-CPA Philippines Conference

As a result of a successful recent visit to the Philippine, the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants  (Cagayan Region) will be co-organising a two-day international conference on Islamic Accounting/Finance and Financial Criminology on 23rd-24th October 2013.  The event which will be held in the Cagayan City will be hosted by the regional Philippine Institute of CPA.  From the Philippine, participants will comprise academics, accountants, ulamaks and non governmental organizations (NGOs).  Prior to the two-day conference, a roundtable meeting will be held with Muslim Ulamaks, professionals and Philantrophists to discuss the viability of setting up a microfinance project there.  Interested participants and ARI members who are interested to take part in the event can contact the organisors.  Committee members from ARI will be Prof Rashidah (, Associate Professor Dr Abd Halim ( and Prof Normah (  Committee de lo Santos (  A website and brochures will be produced soon. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

ARI-INFORMM-SAHABAT Project on Harm Reduction

In their effort to complete their ongoing research project on "Harm Reduction", three researchers from the Accounting Research Institute recently visited an NGO - SAHABAT in Kota Baru Kelantan.  The project focuses on the cost effectiveness  of two harm reduction or intervention programs: Methadone and NSEP administered upon drug users to minimize the occurence or spread of HIV/AIDS.  Currently the research group is comparing the cost-effectiveness of Methadone and NSEP treatments under four different environments namely (i) NGO, (ii) Public Hospital, (iii) Private clinic and (iv) Prison.  In Kota Baru, the research group obtained NSEP cost/effectiveness data from SAHABAT as well as Methadone cost/effectiveness data from a private clinic that drug users in the state capital.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Promoting Corporate Integrity System to State GLCs

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) is happy to report of its close collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM).  Recently, in a meeting with IIM's  Private Sector Division, ARI through its Government-Linked Companies Research Centre (GLCRC) has been tasked to participate in IIM's outreach programs involving state GLCs and other listed government-linked companies.  As head of GLCRC, Associate Professor Dr Jamaliah Said and her research teams will be conducting research on corporate integrity system on these organisations.  Using the self assessment "Corporate Integrity Assessment Questionnaire", participating companies will administer the instrument on members from various organisational levels.  ARI will help to analyse and assess the integrity perceptions of GLC members.  Premised on this assessment, ARI researchers will prepare institutional reports for respective GLCs. For 2013, ARI hopes to cover some six state GLCs and another six public listed GLCs.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

ARI Forthcoming Visit to Harvard University

Two research fellows:  Associate Professor Dr Roshayani Arshad and Associate Professor Dr Faizah Darus  from the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) will be participating in the multidiciplinary International Conference  of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences  in Boston, USA.  The two papers to be presented will be considered for publication in the indexed journal (International Journal of Arts and Sciences).  Currently, Dr Roshayani is heading a research cluster on Non-Profit Organisations and Dr Faizah leading a cluster on Islamic Corporate Social Responsibility.  Whilst in Boston, both researchers will be visiting Harvard University and to forge international research collaborations with two research institutes the:  Hauser Centre for Nonprofit Organizations and Harvard Islamic Finance Information Program.  Arrangment for meeting and discussion has been made by the researchers....