Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Congratulations Khairul Anuar and Wan Adibah

All members of the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) congratulate our collegues Dr Khairul Anuar and Dr Wan Adibah who have recently successfully completed their PhD program in New Zealand. Khairul Anuar and Wan Adibah were respectively named the best student in their cohorts when they were undertaking their Master in Accountancy program at Universiti Teknologi MARA. Congratulations and well done...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Investigative Techniques & Moot Court

One of the courses offered for the Master in Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology program is Investigative Techniques. The course covers different techniques used by financial fraud investigators or forensic accountants. Basically students would select actual cases involving CBT, corruption, money politics, money laundering, tax evasion, terrorism financing, illegal deposit taking etc and "re-constitute" an investigation framework. The focus is to identify specific legal violation, evidence gathering, data collection, data analysis and report writing. The students would then present their cases in a moot court setting where judges, witnesses and lawyers may be present. Today, in an effort to further improve the content of the curriculum, we invited Tuan Awang from the AG Chambers to provide practical requirements so that students understand basic protocols of court proceedings.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Country Participants

The three-day APMAA Conference 2011 saw new country participation: Nigeria (Prof Samuel Gbadebo, University of Abuja), United Arab Emirates - UAE(Prof Sherine Farouk, University of Dubai), Iran, Thailand (Prof Supapon, University of Chulalongkorn) Singapore (Prof Nam, Singapore Management University) and Yemen. Thailand and Singapore were part of APMAA founding members but have not participated in the last four conferences.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Congratulations Eley Suzana and and Noor Sufiawati

Two of our PhD students: Ms Eley Suzana and Ms Noor Sufiawati jointly won the "Best paper" award for the recent PhD colloquium held in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Ms Eley Suzana had also won the "Best Presenter" award. The results were announced during the APMAA Dinner held tonite at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Glenmarie. Congratulations to both of you....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PhD Research in Management Accounting

Ten PhD students presented selected portion of their research projects today in a one day PhD Colloquium held at the Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam campus. For the colloquium, three discussants have been assigned to critically review the students' written works.
In a way, the students were able to get a fair comment from the reviewers as the papers have been submitted to them much earlier. Three of my own students: Eley Suzana (Title: Supply Chain Management from the Perspective of Management Accounting), Ibrahim Morshidi (Export Driven SME Business Performance and Their Contingent Fit with Owner's Leadership Characteristics) and Hussein (Target Costing Implementation Decisions and Organizational Capabilities). The PhD colloquium is a great platform for students to discuss their phd projects. They can discuss findings from literature review, research framework, theoretical underpinnings, industry analysis, research design, data analysis or research findings. For each of these sections, they can write journal papers which can ultimately add values to their own final theses....

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thanks Councilor Ravi

Since today was our last council meeting for 2011, the CPA Australia (Malaysia Division)
councilors and management organised a farewell do for Mr Ravi Navaratnam who finishes his term at the end on this year. Ravi has been a Councilor for the past seven years and according to him, "he has enjoyed every minute of it". Thanks to you sir. I am sure he will continue to share and contribute his ideas to CPA Australia and the accounting profession...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AKNC 2011

I wish to congratulate all nine teams who made their presentations at the Final Round of the Annual Vice Chancellor Quality Award (AKNC 2011). The teams who represented the faculty category were namely the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Applied Sciences. Three units, namely Students Affairs, Infotech and the PTAR library represented the Division category. Meanwhile, three UiTM campuses from Perak, Pahang and Sarawak represented the State Campus category.
Each team had to present their best three strengths. Interestingly, there were a lot of innovations being showcased: Energy-efficient automobile, electronic databases, data management system, e-operation. In a nutshell, all teams have made very interesting and impressive presentations. Well done.