Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 in Memory

The year 2016 has been a great year for the Accounting Research Institute (ARI).  In tandem with ARI's aspiration to become global Higher Institutions' Centre of Excellence (HICoE) by 2018, a lot of efforts have been put into place by all ARIANs.  Thanks to all members - Research Fellows, Research Associates and Research Partners. Associate Prof Dr Jamaliah as ARI deputy director for research and networking was busy promoting ARI globally through networking collaborations with various agencies - Centre of Risk Management Academy (Indonesia); Institute of Public Enterprise (India); University of Bolton (UK); The Islamic Research and Training Institute &  King Abdul Aziz University (Saudi Arabia) and Universitas Indonesia.  She also makes sure that all research projects are progressing as scheduled and are producing the promised research output and outcomes.  
PM Dr Roshayani Arshad and PM Dr Zuraidah are both responsible in promoting ARI's postgraduate programs.  Today, ARI is offering four post-graduate programs by research - Master in Islamic Finance & Muamalat ; Master in Financial Criminology; PhD in Islamic Finance & Muamalat and PhD in Financial Criminology. Postgraduate program modules have been developed so as to ensure that students will graduate on time.  International students from Indonesia. Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh have indicated interests to embark on ARI postgraduate programs in 2017. Professor Dr Nafsiah is ARI's "ambassador" to Indonesia.  She has initiated a lot of training programs and collaborative efforts for research & development internationally.  STAR-BPKP research & training; University of Gadjahmada, Trisakti University and many others.  Prof Faizah obtained an ERASMUS grant in 2016 for three scholars with Burgas Free University.  Three more slots have been offered for 2017.  Dr Intan Salwani and Dr Shuhaida are ARI's IT experts.  They have put into placed the Online Journal System (OJS) for two ARI journals - Malaysian Accounting Review and Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal. Both journals are indexed and we hope to submit both journals for SCOPUS and Thomson Reuters indexing by the end of 2017. Associate Professor
Dr Nawal and Associate Professor Dr Abdul Halim are research leaders for ARI's research in Islamic Finance. They have embarked international research collaborations with Islamic Finance Scholars in the Philippines, Indonesia, Morocco, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.  Formal collaborations will be forged through Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Agreement. Dr Balkish, Dr Azmi and Dr Farah Aida will soon be our experts in Enterprise Risk Management as they are undertaking professional certifications with the global's Enterprise Risk Management Academy (ERMA).
Dr Norazida is now on a 15-month sabbatical attachment with the Inland Revenue Board Malaysia (IRBM).  She will further strengthen our professional collaboration with that agency.  Dr Yang Chik, our law expert has been involved with many law-related initiatives including getting involved with the exposure drafts of the upcoming Companies Act amendments and other corporate governance-related proposals.  ARI welcomes our newly appointed research fellows - Associate Professor Dr Ayub Md Som (Chemical engineering), Professor Dato'Mustaffa Md Zain and Associate Professor Dr Erlane who will be tasked with spearheading the transdiciplinary aspects of ARI research projects.  Whilst Dr Ayub's specialisation is in Decision Support System, Prof Mustafa is a leading researcher in Corporate Social Responsibility.  Dr Erlane is an expert in the "Internet of Things".
 Our post-doctoral scholars Dr Shamimul Hassan and Dr Soheil Kaziman have been ARI's great assets in 2016 and beyond.  They have published in many indexed journals with ARI fellows as co-authors.  They have also initiated potential research and publication collaborations in Bangladesh and Iran respectively.

As a result of these hardworks and smart collaborations, ARI has received many research recognitions and accolades in 2016: Six gold awards from ITEX 2016; Global Islamic Finance Awards for "Best Research & Development in Islamic Finance 2016"; ACQ's "Islamic Financial Criminology Research Body of the Year for Second Consecutive Year 2016"; Gamechanger Online Magazine UK award for "Gamechanger Award 2016" and "ASEAN Risk Awards 2016" from the Enterprise Risk Management Academy (ERMA).  Almost all ARIANS have achieved the stipulated KPIs for 2016.  Congratulations and great job everyone.

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