The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) was first formed in 2002 as a special interest group. Since then, ARI had gone through a complete evolutionary cycle which includes of first being a special interest group (SIG), then as a research centre and finally as a research institute. The Ministry of Higher Education formally approved the formation of ARI in 2005. As a research institute, ARI is responsible to coordinate and manage the activities of its eight multi-discipline research centres. Effective November 2009, ARI has been recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education as one of the Higher Institutions' Centres of Excellence (HICoE). Today ARI coordinates eight research centres that have been co-established with various national and international professional agencies:
- CIMA-UiTM Asian Management Accounting Research Centre (AMARC);
- UiTM-MICG Corporate Governance Research Centre (CGRC);
- UiTM-ACCA Financial Reporting Research Centre (FCRC);
- UiTM-ACFE Asia-Pacific Forensic Accounting Research Centre (AFARe);
- UiTM-CPA Australia Public Sector Accounting Research Centre (PSARC);
- UiTM-ACCA Asia-Pacific Sustainability for Sustainability (APCeS),
- Islamic Accounting and Muamalat Research Centre (IAMRC) and
- Government-Linked Companies Research Centre (GLCRC).
As a HICoE, ARI focuses its current fundamental research in the niche area of forensic accounting and Islamic Financial Criminology. Nevertheless, ARI's other expertise in the areas of corporate governance, management accounting, financial reporting, public sector accounting, taxation; auditing and accounting information system will continue to be championed by respective research centres and SIGs.
For further details, please visit: http://ari.uitm.edu.my and http://accounting-research-institute.blogspot.com/.