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Year 2014

3 March: Talk by Hong Kong Polytechnic University Professor

Supporting the university's effort to produce internationally competitive graduates, UTAR Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) organised a talk by its newly appointed external examiner from Department of Building and Real Estate of Hong Kong Polytechnic University Prof Dr Chiang Yat Hung on 3 March 2014 at Sungai Long Campus

FAM International Business Head of Department Alexander Tay Guan Meng said that the purpose of the talk was to expose students to the global alerts pertinent to their future careers in building and property management. "It was a very good sharing of knowledge on the prospect of building and property management from the global perspective. Therefore, we are looking forward to having more collaborative activities with Hong Kong Polytechnic University," said Tay as he shared their plans to improve the overall structure of the course in the near future.

Prof Chiang who has been with the well-established university for 20 years gave a one-hour talk in front of about 50 Building and Property Management students which consisted of three topics based on the context of the Hong Kong economy. The topics covered were the general economic development, the real estate and construction sectors and the property management as a subsector for the real estate and construction.

In encouraging students to gain practical experience, Prof Chiang's word of advice were, "To build your career as a property manager, you have to start from the bottom and drive towards becoming a strategic planner in this field."

Prof Chiang was on a three-day visit to UTAR following his appointment as the external examiner for the Building and Property Management course with the responsibilities on evaluation and advice  the course structures, curriculum, and examinations. During the visit, he had discussions with the academic staff to verify the academic standard of the program.




26 February: Transitioning from University to Work -  The Importance of Soft Skills to Land That Job!

CPA Australia and KPMG Malaysia in collaboration with UTAR's Accounting Society organized a talk entitled "Transitioning from University to Work ? The Importance of Soft Skills to Land That Job!" at UTAR Sg Long Campus on 26 February 2014.

The main purpose of the talk was to create awareness among the students on the importance of soft skills throughout their working life. UTAR's Accounting Society was honored to have Chief Auditor of CPA Australia, Dr. AJ Purcell together with Audit Director of KPMG Malaysia, Mr. Ruban Kandasamy as the main speakers for the day.

The talk started with Dr. AJ Purcell sharing his career pathway since graduating with a degree in Economics. Throughout his sharing, he explained how he had applied soft skills in his life and career. Dr. Purcell even gave examples to the students on how they can maintain good practice of soft skills starting from their life as student.

Dr. Purcell equated the soft skills required in leadership with that of driving a car. "You have to collaborate with your "passengers" (your team members) in getting an optimal solution for every problem or situation encountered. Even if a particular "passenger" doesn't work along, you have to find a way for everyone to move on," he added.

He also encouraged students to be investigative and have a strong foundation in accounting which they are gaining through their tertiary education at UTAR.  The real life example shared by Dr. Purcell showed how his investigative mind along with the networks he had built helped him  in detecting fraud where a worker from a client's company was making fraudulent transactions, tracing it back all the way to the company's cash statements.

The ideas provided by Dr. Purcell and Mr. Ruban inspired the audience. Throughout the interactive session, they received many questions from the audience who were keen to know more about topic discussed. 




President's Visit to Centre of Social Development and Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSDCSR) in FAM

On 20th February 2014 the President, Ir. Prof. Academician Dato' Dr. Chuah Hean Teik paid a visit to CSDCSR Research Centre in FAM. The slides presented to the President can be found here.

More information on the CSDCSR Research Centre can be found here.




Industrial Advisor gives Building and Property Management Talk


UTAR students of Property and Building Management attended a talk by its Industrial Advisor Richard Chan on 19 February 2014 at Sungai Long Campus. Organised by Faculty of Accountancy and Management., the professional (director) consultant on shopping centre and high-rise retail complex management were there to enlighten the students on the current industrial reality and demand while sharing his in-depth experience with the students.

International Business Head of Department Alexander Tay Guan Meng said that the talk is held to highlight practical aspects in building management despite the theories learnt in class. "Graduates of this course are in high demand. Therefore, we want the students to be equipped with as much practical knowledge, skills, and real-life experience provided by the industrial expert."

Chan who is also the director of RCMC Sdn Bhd, a Retail Consultancy Firm providing broad range of services and advisory role to developers and shopping centre owners lauded UTAR for having a comprehensive and specifically designed syllabus course syllabus.

In his talk, he advised the students to relate what they have learnt to the reality in order to go further in their career. He also alarmed the students of the huge responsibility the building managers carry on their shoulders involving public safety and convenience. "In order to be a good building manager, you must be a 'troubleshooter' to anticipate a problem before it comes.

"A successful building manager also must be able to enhance two core values which are instant income and the value of the building over time." said Chan who has spent 33 years of ups and downs in the industry. He further touched on the mistakes commonly done which caused severe impacts on to the end users/building manager and value engineering in property management.

Earlier on, Chan attended the industrial advisor's meeting and interaction session with the academic staff where they discussed matters pertaining to the course including the suggestion to extend the internship period to four months



FAM lecturer receives Gold Medal Award

It was an unforgettable moment for Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) lecturer Dr Falahat Nejadmahani Mohammad when he was announced the top Doctorate student during the 48th Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Convocation ceremony. He was then awarded the USM Gold Medal Award for Doctor of Business Administration during the Graduate School of Business Annual Dinner held at Cititel Penang on 20 September 2013.

Dr Falahat, who is currently based in the FAM's Department of International Business and also the Chairperson of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility in Business, received the prestigious award from Motorcycle & Scooter Assemblers And Distributors Association of Malaysia (MASAAM) President YBhg Dato Syed Mohamad Aidid.

Upon receiving the award, a humbled Dr Falahat thanked all academic staff and family members who have contributed to his success. The elated lecturer said, "Unwavering focus on your goal, constant perseverance and motivation is imperative to accomplishing anything. Many life trials may come along the way and sacrifices need to be made in order to achieve your goal." He also quoted Gordon Hinckley's wise saying, "You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make."

Dr Falahat received a gold medal, trophy, certificate and cheque.





Visit by staff of CTIM to FAM

On 13 July 2012, the students of the Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM) were paid a visit by Ms Nancy Kaur, the Education Manager of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM).

For more info: please click here 


September 2010

Exemption for Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


CIMA has given exemptions for their exams to UTAR's Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) (BAT) graduates of up to 11 papers (out of 14).


Students are to take note of the units that must be taken to be eligible for maximum exemption of 11 papers. The list of the exempted papers can be downloaded from this following link:


CIMA Exemption for UTAR's Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)



UTAR Professor Cheng Ming Yu honoured as Young Global Leader 2011 by World Economic Forum



Professor Dr Cheng Ming Yu, Chair of Mr and Mrs Chua Chai Leng Professor of Economics, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), was honoured as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum on 9 March 2011.


The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The organisation bestows the honour each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders below the age of 40 from around the world. The selection committee, chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, meticulously screens through profiles of thousands of young leaders from numerous disciplines and sectors from every region of the world.


Professor Cheng was selected based on her record of professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through her inspiring leadership. She is the only Malaysian in the list of 190 young global leaders from 65 economies for 2011.


"I'm honoured to be chosen as a 2011 YGL [young global leader] and I hope to play an active role to make this world a better place to live in," said Professor Cheng, adding that she had already been invited to attend annual meetings by the World Economic Forum.


Before her appointment as the UTAR Chair of Mr and Mrs Chua Chai Leng Professor of Economics, Professor Cheng was a visiting lecturer of Graduate School of Business, University of Newcastle, Australia. She was also a recipient of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship with two months in residence at Reitaku University, Japan and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Washington State University, USA in 2004-05. She carried out research on competitiveness studies at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore in 2007-08. Currently, she researches on projects related to economic development including social capital, globalisation, human capital development and competitiveness studies.



Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at UTAR Petaling Jaya Campus on 24 May 2011

Prof Chuah and Janet Ang signing the MoU


Documents exchanged (from left) : Dr Ong, Prof Chuah, Janet Ang and Dr Cheah

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at UTAR Petaling Jaya Campus on 24 May 2011.


With the signing of the MoU, UTAR, a leading private not-for-profit university in Malaysia, and MAICSA, one of the nine divisions of the internationally reputable Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), formally agreed on working together on areas of common interest including upholding the professionalism of chartered secretaries.


Signing on behalf of the parties were UTAR President Ir Professor Dato' Dr Chuah Hean Teik and his counterpart MAICSA President and Fellow of ICSA Janet Ang Siew Cheng. UTAR Dean of the Faculty of Accountancy and Management Dr Ong Seng Fook and MAICSA Deputy President and Fellow of ICSA Dr Cheah Foo Seong signed as witnesses.


"MAICSA has accredited nine degree programmes from UTAR for exemptions from the MAICSA Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration (PDCA) and the Professional Part I programme of the ICSA International Qualifying Scheme (IQS)," said Ang, adding that the institute would accredit more UTAR programmes after the signing of MoU.


The nine UTAR degree programmes exempted from the two examinations were:


  1. Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  3. Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting
  4. Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Public Relations
  5. Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)
  6. Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Global Economics
  7. Bachelor of International Business (Hons)
  8. Bachelor of Marketing (Hons)
  9. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology


"The synergy between UTAR and MAICSA will open up added avenues for UTAR students to develop their careers and keep abreast with the professional skills and knowledge essential in the business world," said Professor Chuah, adding that the international vision and all-round professionalism approach of MAICSA were synergetic with UTAR's commitment to provide quality education for better graduate employability.


Other areas of collaboration would include the two parties involving in international collaborative research in corporate governance, ethics, secretaryship and administration, MAICSA facilitating internship and employment placements for UTAR students and graduates in its member companies, and UTAR becoming a MAICSA approved learning centre.



Series of Talks conducted by Center for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility in Business (CSDCSR) - 16th & 17th March 2011

Two talks were conducted by CSDCSR on the 16th and 17th March 2011.


16th March 2011 - Talk by Professor Nariai Osamu and Professor Lau Sim Yee, from Faculty of Economics, Reitaku University, Japan on Japanese economy, and Japanese trade & investment relations with ASEAN particularly Post-Earthquake and Tsunami.


Professor Nariai Osamu is a professor of economics at the Faculty of Economics, Reitaku University. He graduated from Faculty of Economics, Tokyo University, and served as an economist in Economy Planning Agency 20 years before joining Reitaku University. When he was with Economic Planning Agency, he was seconded to OECD in Paris for 2 years and also to the office of Ministry of Finance, Brunei. His research interests are Japanese economy, Asia economic integration and international financial system.

Professor Lau Sim Yee is a professor of economics at the Faculty of Economics, Reitaku University. He graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University. Before joining Reitaku University, he worked for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. His research interests are development economics, Asia economic integration, and technology transfer. He is a Malaysian and has been residing in Tokyo since 1983.


More pictures here


17th March 2011 - Talk by Professor Akira Kajiwara, Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Management, Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan on Corporate Social Responsibility.


During the talk, Professor Akira shared about the Professional Engagement and its relevance to Corporate Social Responsibility. He also highlighted the options for future collaboration between the industry and Corporate Social Responsibility.


More pictures here








In the press: New Straits Times, 12 December 2010

UTAR offers industry-relevant MBA courses



November 2010

MBA Edge Nov 2010 Issue Featuring UTAR MBA (Corporate Governance) students


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9 November, 2010

UTAR and Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) ink pact

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at UTAR Petaling Jaya Campus on 9 November 2010.


With the signing of the MoU, UTAR, a leading private not-for-profit university in Malaysia, and CTIM, a premier body for tax professionals in Malaysia, formally agreed to collaborate together to promote the profession of tax consultants.


Professor Chuah signed the MoU on behalf of UTAR, while Assistant Professor Dr Ong Seng Fook, Dean of Faculty of Accountancy and Management, signed as witness. Signing on behalf of CTIM was its President Mr Khoo Chin Guan and as witness was its immediate-past President Dr Veerinderjeet Singh.


MoU signed (from left): Dr Veerinderjeet, Khoo, Prof. Chuah and Dr Ong



August 2010

Exemption for Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) from Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia

On August 2010, upon reviewing the programme curricullum for UTAR's Bachelor of Accounting (Hons), the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) has granted the university a maximum exemptions (8 out of 10) for the programme.


The exemptions are:


Foundation Level  - Taxation I, Economic and Business Statistic, and Financial Accounting 1.

Intermediate Level - Taxation II, Taxation III, and Company and Business Law.

Final Level - Financial Accounting II, and BUsiness and Financial Management.



The remaining two papers i.e. Tax IV (Level III) may be taken while the students are in their final year and Tax V (Level III) can only be taken after the completion of the Bachelor of Accounting (Hons).




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