TOP Launch: In conjunction with the above symposium, the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Chief Development Officer and Head of School and others attended a welcome to students and official launch of the UNE TOP teaching partnership at ATP on April 6th. This was followed by a formal dinner to mark the launch at which a research agreement between UNE and TOP was signed.
Conference: The accounting and finance discipline conducted, in conjunction with the TOP Education Group, the 1st International Symposium – Corporate Governance in Privately Owned Firms at Australia Technology Park on April 5 – 7. Papers were presented by Brian Gibson, Martin Hovey, Omar Al Farooque, Subba Reddy Yarram and Sun Lan from the school. Other participants included academics from North America, Europe, China and other Australian Institutions (including TOP academic staff members). A 2nd symposium is planned for early 2010.
Research Agreement: UNE and TOP have signed a research agreement to: support an annual symposium on corporate governance in privately owned firms; provide subscription to an accounting and finance research data base; and provide seed funding and support for research into governance in privately owned firms in the Asia pacific region. Cash funding is $130,000 ($30,000 in 2009 and $50,000 in each of 2010 and 2011). In addition TOP provided around $20,000 to support the first international symposium.