The third day of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Peer Review Team (PRT) visit to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) saw the PRT, led by Prof. Dr. Michael Powell, continued with the observation, discussion and documentation on the significant aspects of learning and teaching.
The PRT was presented the update on the Curriculum Development and Management including innovation in learning and teaching, curriculum development, curriculum management, internationalization and training.
In addition, the PRT was also given a briefing on the system and the assurance of learning for each level; in addition to student support services including the library, UUMIT, Student Residential Hall, Student Accommodation Centre, University Health Centre and U-Assist.
The team also held interview sessions with undergraduate as well as Master's and Doctoral students.
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) gets closer to the accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) with a visit by the Peer Review Team (PRT) led by its chairman, Prof Dr Michael Powell, who is also the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia, which began yesterday.
The AACSB PRT which also included two other members namely Mr. Paul Jarley, Dean of the College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, United States of America and Mr. Boonchai Hongcharu, Director of National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand would be setting up camp in UUM for next four days in order to assess UUM.
Yesterday, Prof Dr Michael Powell was taken on a campus tour where he visited the Three Siblings Tree, located in the Sintok forest, and then he was taken to the UUM COLGIS Trading Room, the UUM Health Centre (PKU), UUM National Golf Academy, the Sultanah Bahiyah Library and U-Assist.
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak in his statement said UUM was getting closer to mark another historic achievement in forging world fame.
"Six years ago, UUM made a promise to be among the prestigious international business schools in the world. Now we are just a step away from that promise. God willing, soon, AACSB accreditation will be in our grasp.
"Despite the tough challenges we have of all faced, we still need to continue to give our unwavering support and I assure you that we can achieve our goals by the end of this month, if we give another solid boost," he said.
He also expressed hope that the visit by the AACSB PRT would proceed smoothly and that the PRT members would give UUM the green light to obtain the coveted AACSB accreditation.
In his statement, he also expressed his deepest appreciation and gratitude to UUM campus community for the immense hard work and dedication rendered.
PRT members also held meetings with the UUM COB Assistant Vice- Chancellor and Director of UUM Academic Accreditation and Standards (AACSB) at EDC UUM Hotel & Residence yesterday evening.
Source : UUM Online
Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah (Member of Kedah Council of Regency) who is also the Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) proclaimed the name change for the School of Accountancy (SoA) in a grand ceremony held at Sri Angsana Hall, EDC Hotel & Residence today. The SoA is now known as Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA).
Speaking at the ceremony, Tunku Chancellor expressed her utmost pleasure for the honour seeing that Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy (TISSA) is her eponym.
She added that, various accreditations and recognition obtained by Accountancy programmes specifically the Bachelor of Accountancy and the Bachelor of Accountancy (Information System) indicated that UUM has been entrusted with much accountability to ensure the graduates demonstrate high overall potentials and the desire to succeed with high marketable skills as well as displaying essential leadership qualities.
"UUM incessant efforts to achieve its vision to be the Eminent Management University have come to fruition when the Accountancy and Finance subjects secured a position in the Top 200 QS World University Rankings by Subject last year.
"This is a major breakthrough and it should inspire UUM community to become more actively engaged and committed to ensure the continued success of the SoA in the international arena. The School of Accountancy will certainly keep up with the existing momentum and strive for future success and excellence," said Tunku Puteri.
The top management of UUM, led by the Vice-Chancellor has definitely drawn a strategic action plan to ensure continued success of UUM.
"Despite the fact that some parties are partial to the rating or ranking of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IPT), we need to understand what is relevant at the moment. This stance would only cause us to miss out on opportunities and be left behind.
"We observed that world leading universities display and use their ratings as a pull factor not only for students but also to attract the academics. Undeniably, this is one of the best ways to attract collaborative partners in the industry," she said.
Tunku Chancellor said, the accounting profession must maintain high ethical professionalism which includes integrity where ethics practices by the accountants will unquestionably improve and strengthen the governance of an organization.
It can also prevent the downfall of the organization as evinced in organizations such as Pamalat, Worldcom, Enron, Silverbird and a number of local companies.
Her Highness also expressed her utmost confidence that TISSA-UUM will produce graduates who are able to demonstrate professional ethics with high integrity as outlined by the International Federation of Accountants Committee (IFAC) via its umbrella organization, The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA).
"I hope the rebranding exercise of TISSA-UUM will open a new chapter and produce more world-leading experts in the field of accountancy, not only to serve in Sintok but also around world," she said.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of UUM, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said, the rebranding exercise of TISSA-UUM is significant since this is carried out after 32 years of its establishment. This is in keeping with its standing as the largest accounting school in Malaysia, and it has produced more than 12,000 graduates.
He added that, the curriculum revision for the Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Accountancy (Information System) programmes have been completed, taking into account the feedback in relation to Strategic Plan Three. The report is used by IPT as a guide to prepare accounting graduates for the international accounting standard education.
"I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the SoA for their unrelenting support to accomplish the vision and mission of UUM as the university sought to obtain a place among the Top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by 2020. I also hope that TISSA community will be more enthusiastic and eager to make Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy the best Accounting school in the world.
The SoA was established in 1991 and it was known as the School of Accountancy. The school has gone through the restructuring process in 2004 and it was then known as the Faculty of Accountancy.
In 2008, the Faculty of Accountancy was placed under the umbrella of UUM COB until 2011. The name of the faculty was then changed to the School of Accountancy.
Also present at the ceremony were Dato' Tajul Urus Mat Zain, Kedah State Executive Council Member representing YAB Menteri Besar of Kedah; UUM Pro-Chancellor, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh; a member of the University Board of Directors (LPU), Dato' Hafarizam Harun; members of the University Management Committee (JPU), Dean of TISSA-UUM, Prof. Dr. Kamil Md Idris and UUM officers.
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April 2016 is the most crucial month for Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) as it awaits the arrival of the AACSB Accreditation Peer Review Team (PRT) scheduled on 24 to 27 April.
The visit from AACSB PRT will be the last crucial step for UUM in its efforts to obtain the prestigious accreditation. The process of obtaining the accreditation which began as early as 2008 started off with the process of drafting and documentation of academic syllabi of courses offered by the various Schools under the auspices of the College of Business, Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) and Department of International Business, School of International Studies (SoIS), UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies (COLGIS).
UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said that the impending visit from the AACSB PRT is important because it represents the final phase of which will determine the position of UUM as the Eminent Management University in the eyes of the world and place it on par with the best business schools worldwide.
"We need the AACSB accreditation because UUM ought to be placed amongst the best universities in the world that offers studies in the field of business and management.
"To date we have received international accreditation for the Bachelor of Business Administration (MBA) by Association of MBAs (AMBA), and if UUM is able to obtain the AACSB accreditation, it will definitely be more meaningful because this accreditation encompasses a much broader scope , both the undergraduate and postgraduate level which would put both programmes at the international standards, "he said during the launching of the AACSB Month held at the Foyer of the Sultanah Bahiyah Library yesterday.
He added that at present there are about 727 business schools from 45 countries around the world which have been accredited while in Malaysia only two universities have successfully acquired the accreditation namely Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Malaya.
Hence, he expressed hope that the UUM members of staff involved during the AACSB PRT visit will give their highest commitment in the efforts of obtaining the desired accreditation.
AACSB or The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, established in 1916, is the oldest international accrediting body for business schools at universities which offer Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes in business and accounting.
The accreditation process which involves strict internal review, evaluation, and adjustment can take up several years to meet the standards set by AACSB International. The launch of the AACSB Month is a strategy to compile inventories and boost awareness amongst the campus community of the importance of this accreditation to UUM.
At the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor also launched the Quality Assurance Manual (QAM) for Academic Staff.
The first of its kind manual which was developed by UUM Institute of Quality Management (IPQ) is the result of the Vice-Chancellor's desire to have a guide for the academic staff in performing their duties as a lecturer, researcher, and consultant. The initial version of the manual is expected to help the academic staff of UUM COB, especially in helping them cope with the AACSB review.
The event also included an aerobics session which was led by Mr. Jamil Mat of the UUM Arts and Culture Centre with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and exercise activities amongst members of staff.
Also present at the ceremony were members of the University Management Committee (JPU) and senior university officials.
'Jauh perjalanan, luas pemandangan' inilah yang cuba diterapkan oleh Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) melalui Pejabat Pembangunan Pelajar dan Alumni (PPA) UUM COB dengan menggalakkan pelajar melibatkan diri dalam program pertukaran pelajar bertujuan membuka minda mereka dengan budaya dan persekitaran yang berbeza di luar negara.
Bagi sesi A152 Februari 2016, seramai tiga puluh dua (32) orang pelajar UUM COB telah berjaya terpilih bagi menjalani program mobiliti berkredit luar negara. Antara yang terawal menjalani program adalah kumpulan pelajar yang terpilih ke Universitas Indonesia (UI) Jakarta, Indonesia.
Pelajar yang mendapat tajaan penuh Asean International Mobility for Students (AIMS) ini rata-rata terdiri daripada pelajar di bawah program Ekonomi, Pengurusan Perniagaan dan Perakaunan.
Sepanjang dua minggu pertama berada di Universitas Indonesia, pelajar sempat berkongsi pengalaman serta gambar menarik melalui e-mel mereka kepada pihak PPA UUM COB. Sebagai duta kecil UUM ke UI, Dekan PPA UUM COB Dr. Hendrik Bin Lamsali berharap pelajar dapat menunjukkan prestasi yang cemerlang dari segi akademik dan sahsiah serta menjadi contoh kepada pelajar mobiliti lain di sana. Di akhir kiriman e-mel mereka sempat melahirkan rasa bersyukur dan berterima kasih kepada UUM kerana memberi peluang untuk merasai pengalaman belajar di luar negara.