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AFAANZ Doctoral Education Network (AFDEN)

Initiated in 2015, the AFAANZ Doctoral Education Network (AFDEN) aims to encourage and help enable the broad offering of a rich suite of doctoral-level subjects suitable for accounting and finance students in their first year of study, leading up to confirmation. Through AFDEN, AFAANZ does not purport to grant degrees or offer any of its own coursework. AFDEN, very much like its European "cousin" EDEN, purely facilitates a co-ordinated network for accounting and finance doctoral education across our region. 

Director

Professor Robert Faff (UQ Business School) is the inaugural Director of AFDEN. The Director reports to the AFAANZ Board, liaising with the AFDEN Implementation Committee.

AFDEN Implementation Committee

This AFAANZ implementation committee comprises:

Ray da Silva Rosa (UWA)
Millie Chang (UWA)
David Smith (Monash)
Mandy Cheng (UNSW)
Andrew Jackson (UNSW)

 

Core AFDEN Goal

AFDEN aims to facilitate the broad offering of coursework units/subjects relevant to PhD candidates in Accounting or Finance enrolled in Australian and New Zealand universities. The primary aim is to seamlessly facilitate a program providing PhD candidates the opportunity to develop world-class research skills and knowledge, helping to better prepare them to (a) produce high quality dissertations; and (b) enter an academic career path (for those aiming at such a career track).

 

Core Principles

AFDEN makes a commitment to:

  1. Simplicity of operation: a focus on facilitation and flexibility.
  2. Inclusivity: units are available to PhD candidates across all AFAANZ universities, subject to optimal class size constraints. Units may hosted by any AFAANZ institution.
  3. Devolution: each university, indeed each candidate, decides the extent they wish to participate in the program.
  4. No poaching: students remain enrolled in their home institution.
  5. In-Load teaching: Teaching into AFDEN is appropriately recognised in the hosting university’s workload model where possible.

 

Course Offerings

AFAANZ calls for applications from academics to nominate and host PhD level coursework units. It is envisaged that in the “steady state” mode of AFDEN, such courses will be approved PhD coursework units (or equivalent) on the books of the host institution. As such, these courses will have a highly “streamlined” recognition as part of the suite offered within AFDEN. We will also consider workshops, in circumstances where courses may not be feasible.

 

Call for AFDEN Scholarship Applications (to attend 1st Semester 2017 courses)

Applications for 1st semester AFDEN scholarships close 12 noon, Monday 13 March, 2017. Scholarship decisions will be communicated early the following week. 
Further Information  ↓

 

2017 AFDEN Offerings

Note that in the finance “stream”, Finance Theory and Finance Empirical can be viewed as foundation courses. For details of each subject, click the relevant link below:

Semester 1
Course * Course Leader Host University City Location Further Information
Finance Theory

Tom Smith

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University of Qld Brisbane Contact course leader
The Research Process

Robert Faff

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University of Qld Brisbane Contact course leader
Current Issues in CG, Financial Accounting and Economics of Auditing **

Zoltan Matolcsy
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UTS Sydney Contact course leader Visit: http://bit.ly/2kCzW0Y
Current Developments in Auditing Research

Ken Trotman
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UNSW Sydney Contact course leader
Current Developments in Financial Accounting Research

Baljit Sidhu
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UNSW Sydney Contact course leader
Current Developments in Financial Accounting Research - Managerial  Paul Andon
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UNSW Sydney Contact course leader


*
Please note that: (a) some of these courses start as early as 25 February, 2017; (b)  the mode of delivery varies across these units
(eg intensive over weekends, weekly, ad hoc) and (c) enrolments limits will apply (but vary across courses).
To clarify these and any other issues, please contact the relevant course leader ASAP.

** enrolment deadline = 24 March 2017

 

Semester 2 - To be advised
Course Course   Leader Host   University City   Location
Finance Empirical Tom Smith University of Qld Brisbane
The Research Process Robert Faff University of Qld Brisbane
Behavioural Finance* Doug Foster University of Sydney Sydney


* Further details will be made available in due course

 

Semester 1 Timetabling

Courses will be offered in intensive mode as follows.

  • Finance Stream 1st Semester (weekend modules)
  Finance Theory The Research Process
Module #1 27 & 28 Feb 5 & 6 Mar
Module #2 2 & 3 Apr 9 & 10 Apr
Module #3 14 &15 May 7 & 8 May

  • Accounting Stream 1st Semester
  Current Issues in CG, FA and Aud The Research Process
Session #1 4th April Mod #1: 5 & 6 Mar
Session #2 5th April Mod#2: 9 & 10 Apr
Session #3 6th April Mod#3: 7 & 8 May
Session #4 7th April NA
Session #5 8th April NA

 

Current Developments in Auditing Research

Classes are twice a week, Mondays 1-4pm and Thursdays 5-8pm.

First class: Monday 2 May

Final class: Thursday 30 May.

 

Current Developments in Financial Accounting Research

Classes are twice a week, Mondays 1-4pm and Thursdays 6-9pm (except during the Easter break week of 28 March).

First class: Thursday 17 March

Final class: Thursday 28 April.

Assessment

Formal recognition of coursework completion and satisfactory progress in a student’s academic record will be exclusively governed by the rules and regulations specified at their enrolled institution. In those cases in which students take a subject for credit, at the completion of the subject the Director/course instructor will communicate their level of accomplishment to the relevant officer of their university so that it can be formally recognised.

 

AFDEN Scholars & AFDEN Travel Scholarships

AFAANZ recognise that a critical impediment to the success of AFDEN is the “tyranny of distance” and, particularly, the related issue of nontrivial travel costs. Accordingly, to help overcome this obstacle we have established the “AFDEN Scholar” designation – which, critically, attracts a Travel Scholarship award. The details of these awards are as follows:

  • Each scholarship is up to the value of $1500.
  • The scholarships aim to facilitate the attendance of highly qualified and deeply motivated PhD students whose domicile is some significant distance from the location of the course.
  • Scholarship decisions are made by a sub-committee of AFDEN, chaired by the program Director
  • Awardees will be reimbursed legitimate travel expenditures to attend authorised AFDEN Coursework offerings (by receipt): (a) discount return economy airfares; (b) reasonable hotel costs; (c) reasonable ground transport costs to/from airports.
  • The scholarship application process requires a 1-page submission, emailed to the AFDEN Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., addressing the following: 
  1. Name and contact details
  2. University, program and year of study
  3. Thesis topic
  4. Resources provided by home university, eg PhD related research funding
  5. Whether the applicant is taking the course for credit at their home university
  6. Short outline of why the applicant will benefit from the scholarship opportunity.


We are pleased to advise that the following “named” AFDEN Travel Scholarships are available:

  • Frank Finn AFDEN Travel Scholarships 
    Up to three scholarships will be awarded per annum to students enrolled in either of the finance foundation courses: Finance Theory or Finance Empirical.
  • Philip Brown AFDEN Travel Scholarships 
    Up to three scholarships will be awarded per annum to students enrolled in any eligible course.
  • Ray Ball AFDEN Travel Scholarships
    Up to three scholarships will be awarded per annum to students enrolled in any eligible course.
  • Bob Officer AFDEN Travel Scholarships
    Up to three scholarships will be awarded per annum to students enrolled in any eligible course.
  • Tim Brailsford AFDEN Travel Scholarships
    Up to three scholarships will be awarded per annum to students enrolled in either of the finance foundation courses: Finance Theory or Finance Empirical.
  • Izan AFDEN Scholarships 
    Up to three scholarships will be awarded per annum to students enrolled in either of the finance foundation courses: Finance Theory or Finance Empirical.
  • AIBE AFDEN Travel Scholarships 
    Up to five scholarships will be awarded per annum  to  students  enrolled  in  any eligible course, subject to their chosen area of research being sufficiently linked to the public policy/regulation focus of the AIBE around its 6 nodes (see: https://www.aibe.uq.edu.au/research-engagement )

 

Structure of Courses

While AFDEN’s underlying philosophy places supreme value on a “face to face” cohort effect, a variety of delivery modes might be used including:     

  • A set of three 2-day modules
  • 1 week intensive (the “EIASM /EDEN”) model
  • Weekend workshops

In some cases, web-based delivery might also be used. Decisions on the mode of delivery and the imposition of any class size caps will made by the course instructor/ host institution.

 

Course Instructors

AFDEN welcomes unsolicited approaches for potential offerings – to this end, please contact the AFDEN Director directly via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

EIASM/EDEN

As a complement to AFDEN, students are encouraged to consider the rich vein of doctoral training opportunities offered through EIASM’s EDEN program. See also the Code of Practice for Doctoral Studies jointly developed by EIASM and EDAMBA. 

 

AFDEN Scholar Honour Roll

  AFDEN Scholar Award Name AFDEN Course
2015/ 1st   semester
1 Vinu Nagar   (Swinburne) Frank Finn scholarship Finance   Theory
2 Gareth Hurst   (Newcastle) Tim Brailsford scholarship Finance   Theory
2015/ 2nd   semester
3 Vinu Nagar   (Swinburne) Izan scholarship Finance   Empirical
4 Jianlei Han (UQ) Philip Brown scholarship Behavioural Finance
5 John Burger (Bond) Bob Officer scholarship (1) Behavioural Finance
2016/ 1st   semester
6 Vinu Nagar   (Swinburne) Ray Ball scholarship The Research Process
7 Yiqing Kevin Dai (Uni of Adelaide) Izan scholarship Finance   Theory
8 Yilian Guo (Macquarie) Tim Brailsford scholarship Finance Theory
9 Renee Yu (Macquarie) Frank Finn scholarship Finance Theory
10 Georgina Ge (Macquarie) Frank Finn scholarship Finance Theory
11 Tom Simpson (UWA - $3K) Izan scholarship Finance Theory
12 Olayinka Moses (VU Wellington) Philip Brown scholarship Current issues in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting and Economics of Auditing
13 Nargess Golshan (Curtin Uni) Ray Ball scholarship Current issues in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting and Economics of Auditing
14 Emon Chen (Uni of Adelaide) Bob Officer scholarship Current issues in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting and Economics of Auditing
15 Hoa Luong (Curtin Uni) Philip Brown scholarship Current issues in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting and Economics of Auditing
16 Jian Liang (UWA) Ray Ball scholarship (3) Current issues in Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting and Economics of Auditing



AFDEN Historical Cohort Statistics

Year/Semester AFDEN Course Cohort Size University Coverage
2015 1st   semester Finance   Theory 44 Bond, Swinburne, QUT, Newcastle, UQ, U Sydney,   UTS, UWA

2015

2nd semester

Finance Empirical 51 UTS, U Sydney, U of Newcastle, QUT, Swinburne, Bond, UWA, Rice

2015

2nd semester

The Research Process 34 UQ, Bond, Wollongong, Brazil

 

 

 

AFAANZ Doctoral Symposium Program

The Association is proud of its tradition in promoting its annual Doctoral Symposium to those undertaking their PhD studies. Please contact AFAANZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

This 2017 AFAANZ Doctoral Symposium will be held from 28 to 30 June in Adelaide, Australia. 

A call for nominations will be emailed to heads of departments in Australia and New Zealand in early January 2017.

PhD students who are not from Australia and New Zealand and wish to attend the Doctoral Symposium, please contact AFAANZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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