Queen’s Executive MBA Open Evening Wednesday 26 May 2010
In order to contribute to a research development programme for early career academics from Turkey and the Eastern European geographic region, a research programme was initiated and developed by Professor Istemi Demirag of Queen’s University Management School in conjunction with Professor Recep Pekdemir and Dr Kerem Sarioglu of Istanbul University. The programme was held in Istanbul between 16-18 May 2010, just before the European Accounting Association’s Annual Congress. All the administration of the Programme was organised by the local organising committee at Istanbul University. The Programme was also supported by the Union of Chambers of the Certified Public Accountants of Turkey (TURMOB), Istanbul University, and the European Accounting Association (EAA).
The programme helped sixteen early career academics from a number of countries including Turkey, Russia, Romania, Slovenia, Tunisia and enabled them to establish contacts with distinguished academics and colleagues from the international accounting academic community. In addition to Professor Demirag, five other distinguished international professors contributed to the programme. These other professors included: Professor Rashad Abdel –Khalik, University of Illinois, USA; Professor Sidney Gray, the University of Sydney, Australia; Professor Stephen Zeff, Rice University, USA; Professor Christopher Humphrey, Professor Pamela Stapleton, and Professor Andrew Stark, University of Manchester.
The programme included a combination of presentations, seminars and one to one consultations with the invited academics. In addition to this, each participant was given an opportunity to present his or her research project to be followed by a question and answer session. Guidance was also provided on research methods and proposal writing.
In acknowledging the success of the Programme, Professor Aileen Pierce, the current President of the EAA said: “On behalf of the EAA, I want to thank you very much for following through so effectively on the proposal you initiated in Tampere where you articulated sincerely the opportunity to provide significant local benefit as result of so many accomplished, established and high profile accounting researchers being in Istanbul for the EAA 2010 congress. I also want to thank Recep and his team for the tremendous effort they put into the local logistics and into capitalising on their great professional contacts in Turkey - both of which contributed to the smooth operation of the programme. Finally, I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to the Faculty team who contributed so much of their time and expertise to make this programme a great success from the perspective of the participants. I met many of them during the congress and their appreciation of your insights, comments and encouragement was very evident. This initiative has been a great addition to the suite of activities that encircle the EAA congress”.
It is hoped to that in the coming months we will build on this initiative in order to provide more support to emerging academics in coming years, particularly to those from Eastern Europe.
Professor Istemi Demirag
Queen’s University Management School
A second-year Queen’s University Management School (QUMS) student has been selected by Sebastian Coe to attend the Singapore Youth Olympic Games this summer.
Second year accountancy student Andrew Johnston from Ballyholme, Co Down, won the inaugural Deloitte Business Competition. He will also gain two weeks’ paid work experience in Deloitte’s London 2012 team as part of his win.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), had high praise for Andrew's entry to the competition which was a paper focusing on what a successful Games might look like for residents local to the Olympic and Paralympic venues.
Coe highlighted Andrew’s practical recommendations to create a positive experience for residents, including community programmes, ticketing and business partnerships and his views on which indicators might be measured to gauge the success of the programmes he suggested.
In his entry, Andrew was keen to emphasise the importance of the Games as a catalyst for lasting change and the need to inspire young people through sport. He highlighted the spirit and the power of the Games and recommended a number of ways to connect with the local community, including artwork, text messages, volunteering opportunities and partnerships with job centres and training colleges.
Andrew said: “The opportunity to work with the Deloitte 2012 team will be a hugely beneficial and unique experience for me professionally. To get an inside, operational viewpoint on one of the world’s great events is an unbelievable opportunity and I’ll be focused on learning as much as I possibly can from it. I’m really looking forward to what will no doubt be a fantastic experience.”
Glenn Roberts, Senior Partner at Deloitte in Belfast, said: “Andrew’s Olympian effort demonstrated the business awareness, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking that we were looking for. To beat so many rivals from across the UK is true demonstration of the impressive quality of Andrew’s entry and of the high standards of teaching to be found at Queen’s University Belfast.”
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The MSc New Venture Creation programme has won postgradireland’s Postgraduate course of the year – business. This award is new for 2010 and Queen’s University Management School is delighted to have won the inaugural award. This postgraduate award recognises excellence amongst Irish postgraduate course providers. The award was judged on the programme’s clear and measurable indicators of success, its provision of a good experience for students and positive feedback received from current students. The independent panel of industry experts who judged the award said that the MSc New Venture Creation "stands out as best in class amongst high impact programmes. The judges were impressed with the obvious support and recognition of external stakeholders and the 100 per cent success rate for the employability of its graduates". David Gibson, Programme Director, was pleased to accept the award at the ceremony.
More information is available at www.gradireland.com/awards
The entrepreneurship competition, which is in its third year, encourages links between China and Britain and is open to those involved in new business ventures.
Dr. Yu Xiong, director of the competition's organizing committee and a lecturer at Queen's University Management School, said, "This is the only event of its kind that is supported by universities and authorities from both China and the United Kingdom."
"Doing business overseas can be daunting for many entrepreneurs, but this exciting program aims to promote opportunities that exist and highlight potential business leaders of the future," Yu said.
Prof. Richard Harrison, director of Queen's University Management School, is delighted that this event has forged such strong links. "We are pleased to be working with a number of leading UK universities and the Chinese authorities in this exciting competition," Harrison said.
H.E. Mr. Futao Chen, the Minister counsellor for Science and Technology from Chinese Embassy London, and Prof. Sean Gorman CBE, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences addressed the event,
The entrepreneurship competition was organized by the China Innovation and Development Association and its partners from both Britain and China.
A presentation will be made at this event by the Programme Director, Dr Frances Hill, will which will provide full information about the Queen’s Executive MBA programme. A further presentation will be given to provide an insight into Queen’s University Management School and the full executive education provision.
Date: Wednesday 26 May 2010
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Venue: Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast.
To register your interest in attending this event log onto http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/openevents/