Sunday, October 16, 2016

ARI@UiTM-STAR International Collaboration

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI HICoE) of Universiti Teknologi MARA has been selected by the Badan Pengawasan Keuangan dan Pembangunan (BPKP) of Indonesia to organize and conduct a one-week public sector training and research program for its State Accountability Revitalization Project (STAR) program. Twenty six selected participants were chosen for the program at ARI. They were from among the best recent graduates who undertook Masters Programs at universities in Indonesia.  STAR is an activity initiated by the Government of Indonesia in support of reform in the field of financial management and audit within the public sector.  The training program is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through a special loan. Whilst in Malaysia, the participants were exposed to several training programs involving various government agencies and public sector departments. Working visits to the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM), Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM), Auditor General Office were arranged.  Participants received first-hand information from officers of these agencies about government initiatives to transform the Malaysian public sector.  As a Higher Institutions' Centre of Excellence (HICoE), 

ARI also shared with participants its niche research agenda in Islamic Financial Criminology.  They participated in a laboratory-style usage of ARI's polygraph machines.  ARI also invited speakers to talk on financial criminology and anti-money laundering as possible research topics that participants can embark for their PhD program.  As part of ARI-BPKP research collaboration, participants shared their research projects with ARI members and post-graduate students for possible comparative study analysis.  ARI thanks Professor Dr Nafsiah Mohammed for initiating the networking collaboration with BPKP during her visits to Indonesia last year. 

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