Welcome Message from the Faculty Dean
A very warm welcome to the Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF), UTAR!
For the uninitiated, FBF proudly offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which are specifically designed to produce qualified and trained personnel in various areas of expertise such as accounting, finance, business administration, banking and finance, entrepreneurship, economics and marketing.
Currently, the programmes offered by FBF include:-
1) Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting
2) Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
3) Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) Banking and Finance
4) Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) Entrepreneurship
5) Bachelor of Marketing (Hons)
6) Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Financial Economics
7) Bachelor of Finance (Hons)
8) Master of Business Administration (Corporate Management)
9) Master of Philosophy
10) Doctor of Philosophy
The Faculty is also actively developing and implementing effective short and long term strategic plans for its six departments, namely the Department of Business, Department of Commerce & Accountancy, Department of Economics, Department of Entrepreneurship, Department of Finance and Department of Marketing.
These plans emphasise on
(1) Enhancing and maintaining the high standard and quality of the academic programmes;
(2) Leading the development and implementation of research strategies;
(3) Intensifying collaboration efforts with the local and international industry and professional bodies.
As torchbearers of FBF, we are mindful of our responsibility in ensuring and offering a high quality of education that supports the personal and professional development of students. Hence, through the various committees, we have been continuously reviewing our academic programmes to meet the market demands and society needs, and proposed new programmes in areas of high demands. FBF’s commitment in excellence saw the successful obtainment of the approval as well as full accreditation from the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
With our undergraduate programmes meeting the global benchmark for competency, ethics and professional practice standards in accounting, business administration and financial planning services, we are also proud to receive various recognitions, exemptions and/or collaborations by a wide number of prestigious professional bodies. Among them are:
- Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), Australia
- Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) - Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- The Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
- Malaysian Institute of Chartered Public Accountants (MICPA)
- Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS)
- International Entrepreneurs Association (IEA), UK
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) – University Recognition Program
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) - Claritas® Investment Certificate Academic Program
- Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC)
In line with UTAR’s commitment in pursuit of excellence, to date, FBF has successfully imbued a research culture and increased the number of publications through various R&D related activities, initiatives and events. The Faculty successfully organised the inaugural “International Conference on Business, Accounting, Finance, and Economics (BAFE)” in 2013
and then another in 2014
. The conference served as an avenue for researchers and participants to network and share their experiences as the conference has witnessed the congregation of an impressive group comprising more than 100 presenters and participants from as far as Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, and local private and public universities. Regular interactions between Faculty members and external researchers are crucial to establish research collaborations and projects with significant socio-economic impact. Therefore, back by popular demand, the 3rd BAFE Conference
will be held on 9 October 2015
at UTAR Kampar Campus
with the theme “Sustainable Development in the Globalised Environment: Challenges and Opportunities
In exploring and intensifying collaboration efforts with the industry and professional bodies, we are constantly planning and organising more interactive and collaborative activities and events between FBF and the industry partners. An example is the Industrial Advisor Day which is held at least twice in a year by inviting industry experts to the Faculty to share their work experiences through enriching talks and public lectures to staff and students. We have played a pivotal role in enhancing the collaborative relationship between the University and the industry partners such as Public Bank Berhad, Phisontech, Takaful Ikhlas Berhad, Dell, OCBC Bank, ACCA, and CIMA, just to name a few.
Being UTAR’s biggest faculty, we provide a supportive and challenging environment for students to develop the essential knowledge and skills required to success in the rapidly changing business world. We also have a vibrant student community and enrichment programmes. We encourage our students, both local and foreign, to contribute to the FBF's success by participating and organizing in a wealth of extra-curricular activities, events and/or competitions, be it University, national or international levels. These include the Dell Business Challenge Cup, National Financial Planning Quiz Tournament, UTAR New Village Community Project, UTAR Soft Skills Development Certificate Programme, and International Student Volunteer Portfolio and so on. In addition to such exciting offers, there have been increasing students exchange programmes, cultural learning and exploration tour programmes and education training programmes which allowed FBF students to broaden their horizons and explore countries such as Germany, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China. These extracurricular activities and student life enrichment programmes are crucial to enhance overall education training and exposure of our students, especially in a globalised world.
As your Dean, I am proud and delighted to welcome all of you to join us to realise your full potential today!
Prof. Dr. Choong Chee Keong
Dean / Professor
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Teh Hong Piow Chair in Banking and Finance (Professorial Chair)
Faculty of Business and Finance