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.