Driving Research in Islamic Financial Criminology

As a national Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE), the Accounting Research Institute or ARI focuses on a specific niche research area – Islamic Financial Criminology (IFC).  In essence, IFC encompasses two very important conceptual domains:  Islamic Finance & Muamalat and Financial Criminology. Premised on the Shari’ah principles and requirements, the Islamic Finance industry has great potential to grow. Hence, research in Islamic Finance and Muamalat aspires to explore new models, new tools, new products and new methodologies that could support the prosperity of the Islamic finance industry in Malaysia. Financial criminology refers to the scientific study of the causation, correction, detection and prevention of financial crime in business and non-business organizations.  Research in Islamic Financial Criminology therefore focuses on developing possible fraud risk mechanisms for the Islamic finance industry.



Official Website : http://www.apmaa.asia/


The Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association (APMAA), established in 2004, is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of management and accounting.
The proposal to form the Asian Management Accounting Association was first mooted at the convention of Asian Management Forum, the first forum, which was held on 3rd and 4th November 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan under the inspiration of Professor Dr. Akira Nishimura. Since then, the founder members from countries of the Asia-Pacific region continue to meet annually to share the same vision of advancing management and accounting research and practices with particular reference to the Asia-Pacific region.

As a result, when the second convention, Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Forum was held on 24-25, November 2004 in Malaysia, it was unanimously decided that the time had arrived to officially establish the Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association with two primary objectives.

  1. The objective of APMAA is to promote the advancement of management accounting theory and practices with particular reference to Asia-Pacific accounting issues.
  2. For this purpose, APMAA shall undertake to organize forums and conferences, and the publication of the journal: Asia-Pacific Journal of Management Accounting (APMAJ).

Professor Dr. Akira Nishimura remained the President of APMAA since its inception until 2009. On 1 January 2010, the baton was passed to Professor Dr Susumu Ueno.

APMAA is striving for establishing national chapters around the region to facilitate networking as well as the facilitation and exchange of knowledge at a more local level.


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As a Higher Institutions' Centre of Excellence (HICoE), ARI is to drive a niche research in Islamic Financial Criminology (IFC). Essentially there are two main research thrusts within IFC: (i) Islamic Accounting & Muamalat and (ii) Financial Criminology. The focus on IFC is in tandem with the government's aspiration of making Malaysia, the global hub is Islamic Finance. In view of this vision, fundamental research in financial criminology is important so that new policies or system can be developed to mitigate and prevent financial crime within the Islamic Finance industry and other economic sectors.

Program Overview

The aim of the programme is to train students whose research is of the highest quality in Accounting broadly conceived. ARI, as one of HICOEs, has a very strong research culture that includes an active seminar programme, publication and distinguished visitors. It also has close links with eight centres of excellence (CoEs).

The postgraduate program (by research) in Accounting requires students to attend research workshops and research seminars conducted by the postgraduate office, the faculty and ARI.   Students will present research proposal in the second semester during their first year.  Students are also encouraged to participate at an early stage in appropriate international workshops and colloquium.

Student progress is regularly monitored by the faculty supervisory committee and the coordinator of postgraduate (research). Each postgraduate student has a main and second supervisor. He or she may appoint one external supervisor outside UiTM.

  • AC990 – Doctor of Philosophy (Accounting)
  • AC780 – Master of Science (Accounting)



Entry to the programme is normally conditional on a candidate having obtained strong marks (typically a high merit or distinction) at masters level or other degree accepted as equivalent in Accounting or a related discipline.

For further information on the university postgraduate information, please see the institute of post-graduate office (link to: http://ipsis.uitm.edu.my/research-department.html.

Applications for postgraduate programs (by research) in Accounting can be made online or by mail through UiTM's Graduate Admissions Office (link to  http://www.online.uitm.edu.my/ipsis/research)

Our academic staffs include research fellows and associates from multi-disciplines.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi
Deputy Director (Postgraduate & Innovation)
Accounting Research Institute
Universiti Teknologi MARA
40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA

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