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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MoU Signing: UiTM and Petronas

It was indeed another milestone for the Accounting Research Institute when it has been chosen by the university to coordinate academic and research programs under the Memorandum of Understanding between Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas).  The event which took place at UiTM's newly launched training centre - Institute of Leadership & Development (ILD) at Bandar Enstek, Nilai Negeri Sembilan, was witnessed by the Minister of Higher Education. YB Dato' Seri Haji Idris bin Jusoh and Tan Sri Dato' Academician Ir Dr Ahmad Zaidee bin Laidin, Chairman of UiTM's Board of Director.  Basically, the MoU will involve the participation of six responsibility centres in UiTM: Accounting Research Institute (ARI), Faculty of Accountancy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Business Management, Faculty of Media Studies and Faculty of Information Management.  Whilst ARI will participate in research activities with Petronas's unit of integrity, the faculties will benefit in term of students attachment with Petronas.  As a conglomerate organisation, Petronas has huge pool of talents.  UiTM can take advantage of this opportunity to appoint them as adjunct professors or industry experts at the university.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Corporate Governance Symposium

Congratulations are in order for the successful joint-organization of a recent Corporate Governance Symposium by the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) and Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). 
 The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) was also invited to co-organize the one-day event held at the Nexus Connection Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.  Themed "Driving Public-Private Governance Forward", the symposium showcased three forums, two keynote speeches and a special presentation.  YB Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan officially graced open the symposium.  For the purpose of building strong links between the public and private sectors, a robust public-private collaboration is imperative given the crucial roles that these two sectors play in upholding good governance practices for Malaysia.
Importantly, this symposium also aimed to leverage on public-private partnerships to augment scarce resources and talent, while building capacity and competency in governance-related areas, e.g. accounting education and research.  Participants would gain awareness of current developments in the governance of public and private sectors, and benefit from developing wide networks with other governance specialists and thought leaders.  Given the current global emphasis on good governance, the symposium was especially timely in providing a common platform for practitioners, academia, policy makers and implementers to engage in intellectual discourse with the primary goal of enhancing understanding on the subject of governance.  ARI from Universiti Teknologi MARA was represented by 10 fellows and post graduate students at the symposium.