I took part in the ISACA’s training week from June 12-15, 2012 in Dallas, TX. The track I registered and participated is called “Fundamentals of IT Assurance and Audit”. Topics covered include the process of auditing information systems, governance and management of IT, information systems acquisition, development, and implementation, information systems operations, maintenance, and support, and protection of information assets. What I learned the most, however, is a confirmation of my belief that IT audit/security is a growing area and an excellent career choice for accounting students. The biggest “gap” in this profession is that we have a bunch of IT “techies” who know everything about computers, network, etc. but not enough people who ALSO understand business side of the trade. After all, if the IT objectives cannot be aligned with business objectives, why do we invest in IT? So accounting students, here is your opportunity – you study accounting, so you know about business inside out – if you also know something about how IT works, your career choices will be wide open!
This event is well attended by professionals from different industries – accountants from CPA firms, internal auditors from public companies, security professionals, auditors at Federal Reserve, IT directors, etc. The instructor is an experienced consultant in IT audit. The picture was taken by a classmate – a CPA from Nigeria…(well they are called “chartered accountant” for that matter).
The Pillars Magazine at UM-Flint features a story about my 2011 Taiwan Study Abroad Program. It is a discussion about what we had learned from visiting a few Taiwanese companies last summer when 12 students toured Taiwan with me. Click the picture below to read about the story:
Presented at the International Business MBA Program at NSYSU in Kaohsiung, Taiwan: “New Alphabets in Accounting”:
Three of my former students: Sydnee Adams, Karen Kellogg, and Sean O’Morrow were nominated for Maize and Blue scholars – this is the highest academic award students are able to get at UM-Flint campus. I am very proud of them (because I never got any award like this!) and I wish they will be selected! Good luck!
I was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the 2011 International Business and Management Education Forum. I received a very warm welcome at the National Pingtung Institute of Commerce, the hosting institution of the event. I was also very glad to have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Elaine Tan from Royal Holloway College, University of London, who is another keynote speaker of the event. I wish Dr. Tan good luck in her new position with the Government of Singapore! Part of my presentation at NPIC can be found here:
More event pictures can be found by clicking here.
I recently accepted a visiting professor position at National Taichung Institute of Technology in Taiwan for the fall 2011. I look forward to spending my sabbatical leave from UM-Flint in a different environment with my new colleagues in Taiwan.