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Archive for October, 2010

The Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy (JEPP) – Call for Papers

Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy (JEPP), to be launched in 2012, is currently seeking papers. Edited by Professor Noel Campbell of University of Central Arkansas, JEPP was created to encourage and disseminate quality research about the vital relationships among institutions, entrepreneurship, and economic outcomes, and to improve the quality of the political discourse about entrepreneurship and development policies.
Institutions – especially public policies – are a significant determinant of economic outcomes; entrepreneurship and enterprise development are often the channel by which public policies affect economic outcomes, and by which outcomes feed back to the policy process. The journal considers high quality articles that advance understanding of the relationships among public policy and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and economic development, or all three areas.
The journal seeks to publish empirically oriented papers and accepts a wide variety of empirical evidence, such as statistical analyses, simulations, case or historical studies, and survey, experimental, or computational methods. The journal also considers conceptual or theoretical papers that indicate a direction for future research, or otherwise advance the field of study.
The coverage includes, but is not limited to:


* Public policy

* Public policies and behaviour of economic agents

* Interjurisdictional differentials and their effects

* New firms; startups

* Microeconomic analyses of economic development

* Development planning and policy

* Innovation and invention: processes and incentives

* Regional economic activity: growth, development, and changes

* Regional development policy.

Submissions are now invited for the inaugural issue, to be published in Spring 2012.

Submissions to JEPP should be sent by e-mail to the Editor,

Professor Noel Campbell

More information, including author guidelines, can be found at:

The Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy (JEPP) was created to encourage and disseminate quality research about these vital relationships. The ultimate aim is to improve the quality of the political discourse about entrepreneurship and development policies.


Post-Mortem – Coffee World

The first session of Coffee World was held yesterday, the 25th of October 2010 at 4.00pm. The theme of discussion was sustainability. Around 12 people turn up for the discussion, we hope the crowd will slowly increase as sessions continue.The session was moderated by Mr. Fariz and Mr. Sharan Srinivas of Right Livelihood College.
Like an aged engine, the session started off a little slow but began to warm up and sparked intense discussion on Sustainability and everything pertaining to it.
Among the questions raised and points made during this Coffee World session were:
1. On the definition of Sustainability, most agreed that the definitions provided (there were several) were ambiguous, however, all agreed that the spirit of sustainability touched on the lasting effects of our actions now (in the present) on the quality and standard of living of generations in the future. Whether we, a developing nation, can achieve developed nation status without compromising our natural resources, Also if it is acceptable to exhaust our natural resources (similar to what the current developed nations have done) in the name of development?
2. Is USM truly a Sustainable University? in terms of providing Grants for its research students to produce ‘sustainable research’. Lack of recycle bins and recycling activities on campus were among questions raised.
3. When implementing Eco-friendly policies like banning polystyrene and plastic bags on campus (White Coffin), is there help provided by the University to ensure the effort is continuous?
4. KPI vs Sustainability led University? Can we achieve success in both without compromising the integrity of the other?
Though these were unanswered questions, the fact that they were asked showed that these postgraduate students were concerned about issues outside the boundaries of their research and school and that even though there isn’t one clear answer or solution for the question posed, the fact that they were asked is a stepping stone to improvement.
As the discussion progress, the topic of discussion trickled on to other issues which go hand in hand with the efforts to achieve true sustainability and also garnered strong opinions from participants. However, as the sun began to set, so did the discussion. All agreed that the discussion brought up some interesting points which should be looked into further and put forth in a constructive manner to, hopefully make a difference years to come.

Coffee World Talks – Part 3

Coffee World


Coffee World is a brand new initiative from the creative minds of Mr. Nazrul (Manager of Anjung Semarak) and a few colleagues from the Right Livelihood College and USM, with their own unique approach and objective,  in gathering together students from different fields to meet up and discuss current issues which continue to be of significant impact to the world.

Program Mechanics

The discussion will be held at Anjung Semarak Café, in a coffee shop setting and all the participants will be served free coffee and finger food.  It will be scheduled for once a month. Topics can range from entertainment issues to the crusade of climate change. One student will lead the session as a moderator; an introduction of the issue of the day will be given followed by opinions and discussions from the floor.


Provide a platform for the students to meet up and speak their mind.


  1. To promote a culture of discussion and knowledge sharing among students.
  2. To provide a platform for shy, introverted students and outspoken students to voice out their opinions and learn from each other.
  3. Encourage students to be more aware about current issues surrounding them.
  4. To compile and document outcome of discussion for future reference and improvement.

Who should attend?

All USM postgraduate students/staff who are interested on the issues given.

Sessions will be held once a month.


Contact persons:

Mr. Raja Fariz:

Mr. Sharan Srinivas:

Mr. Nazrul Azizi:

Ms. Melanie Inbaraj:

Application for USM Fellowship and Graduate Assistant Scheme NOW OPEN!

Are you ready to become a SAS® Student Ambassador?

Are you a student or do you know students who are using SAS® to conduct outstanding research projects? Do you have a tip or technique for using SAS that you want to share with the global SAS user community?

The SAS Student Ambassador Program is a competition designed to recognize and support students who use SAS technologies in innovative ways to benefit their fields of study.

Selected students are named SAS Student Ambassadors and will earn the opportunity to present their project to a global community of SAS users at SAS® Global Forum, April 4-7, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. SAS will pay travel expenses and registration fees for the Student Ambassadors to attend and present their papers.

Call for applications

The deadline for submitting applications and all required materials — including an abstract andworking draft of the student research paper — is Oct. 25.

Visit the program Web site to learn more about it and the application process.

What are the benefits for students?

For students selected as SAS Student Ambassadors, SAS will pay all SAS Global Forum 2011travel, lodging and conference registration expenses. While at the conference, SAS Student Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to share their projects and interact with a global audience of SAS users, including researchers, business leaders, SAS experts and specialists from every industry and sector.

Who is eligible to apply?

Graduate and undergraduate students from around the world are eligible to apply to this program. Recent graduates may also be eligible to apply. The submitted project must have been conducted by a student within 12 months of the submission deadline. In addition, all applicants must have a strong command of the English language. Applicants will be required to submit papers, present projects and participate in question-and-answer sessions in English.

What types of projects are appropriate?

Appropriate projects can come from numerous areas of study and can use SAS in a variety of ways.

Are their examples of previous winners?

Find out more about the 2010 SAS Ambassadors and review examples of their papers. Hear from 2008 SAS Ambassador Piotr Sulikowski about his experience at SAS Global Forum 2008 here.

For additional information about this competition and other SAS student programs, please visit us online or send an e-mail to


Career Opportunities @ King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology will be hosting an information session at usm on the 20th of October 2010.

Those interested please RSVP, the latest by the 19th of October 2010 at 9am to

Entry is based on first come first serve basis as only 100 places are available. Finger food and light beverages will be provided.

Details as Below:

Download Flyer_KAUST

Malam Persada Kencana-Best Research Award

For more inquiries, contact Puan Umi at 04-6532948 or Puan Norsuriati Ayob 046532961

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