ISACA training

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).

Visited NTNU’s Mandarin Training Center

It was very nice to visit Taipei again (on a raining day)…..especially National Taiwan Normal University, which is located in central Taipei that is not too far from where I spent my teenage years. Time flies….Anyway this time I visited NTNU’s College of Management and met with faculty there to talk about possible international collaboration ideas. Hopefully we (SOM at UM-Flint) are able to continue to nurture this relationship and commit more resources in international collaborations!

NTNU campus

In addition to College of Management, I also visited world-renowned “Mandarin¬† Training Center” at NTNU. This center has many famous alumni including former prime minister of Japan and Australia. They enrolled almost 1,600 students every year and 40% of students come from the U.S. Students take Mandarin language classes on week days and participate in cultural activities when they are free from heavy work load on weekends. Sounds like a perfect place for me to take my next study abroad group!

Pictured with executive secretary of MTC
MTC's student lounge
MTC class

Maize and Blue scholar

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!

2011 International Business and Management Education Forum

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.