With the goal to excel in teaching and research, UTAR’s Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF), the Centre for Accounting, Banking and Finance, the Centre for Business and Management, and the Centre for Economic Studies, once again jointly organised the International Conference on Business, Accounting, Finance and Economics (BAFE) 2016 on 5 October 2016.
Organised for the fourth consecutive year, the one-day conference themed ‘Capitalising on Globalisation for Competitiveness Enhancement’ saw more than 70 papers submitted from an impressive group comprising approximately 120 local and international participants from as far as Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
UTAR’s 4th BAFE 2016 was aimed to be a valued platform for researchers and scholars to share thoughts on their research findings particularly in the aspects of business management, accounting, finance and economics.
The Organising Chairperson of BAFE 2016 and FBF Deputy Dean for R&D and Postgraduate Programmes Dr Mahmud bin Hj Abd Wahab expressed his gratitude to all parties for their kind support towards the conference and added, “We have successfully organised a total of four International Conferences of BAFE since year 2013. The theme, ‘Capitalising on Globalisation for Competitiveness Enhancement’ for today’s conference is certainly most timely and relevant as UTAR hopes to become a global university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact.”
Representing UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong said, “BAFE 2016 serves as a platform for academics and researchers to present their findings, latest works, ideas and proposals that will contribute to the theoretical, methodological and empirical knowledge in the fields of business, accounting, finance and economics.”
He added, “I hope that BAFE 2016 serves as a conduit for information exchange that will provide more opportunities for further research works and collaborative activities among all participants. New findings and discoveries may be expedited when researchers gather together and brainstorm. Synergistic efforts such as these create opportunities for further progress and developments and I hope such is the spirit among all participants present today.” He also congratulated the organising committee for making the conference possible and extended a warm welcome to the participants.
Also present to grace the opening ceremony was Yong Yoon Kian representing Deputy Finance Minister Senator Dato’ Lee Chee Leong, who said, “It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you here today. BAFE is indeed a good opportunity for researchers to network as well as to discuss and learn new knowledge from other researchers and their research output. I strongly believe that BAFE 2016 will provide productive discussions throughout the day among all the participating scholars. I wish you all a successful conference.”
Professor from Universiti Teknologi MARA Prof Dr Catherine Ho Soke Fun was the keynote speaker and presented her talk titled “Global Integration: Trends and Issues”.
Among other topics covered at the BAFE 2016 were macroeconomic environment and financial markets, institutional economics, accounting, organisational strategy and behaviour, education management, business management strategy, human resource strategy and development, industrial economics, auditing, taxation, technologies in business, tourism services, economics of resources and welfare, Islamic banking and finance, banking, societal contribution and entrepreneurship.
Adding to the highlights was the announcement of the Winners of the BAFE 2016 Best Paper Award. The list of winners as follows:
List of Winners for Best Paper Award
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