It is with immense pleasure that I write a message of strong support for Professor Nastase, Vice-Rector of the ASE. My dealings with Prof. Nastase come from two notable contexts: (1) my role in supporting the ASE international conferences over the years (International Conference on Accounting and Management Information Systems (AMIS) and the associated paper development workshops sponsored by IAAER and ACCA); and (2) my role on the Editorial Board of JAMIS.
Regarding the conferences, I have had the great pleasure of attending, chairing sessions, critically evaluating papers and/or presenting keynote addresses in the years 2008, 2009 & 2010. It is a significant challenge, even in ideal circumstances, to make a success at holding a truly international conference in the accounting area. The fact that, with Professor Nastase at the helm, the AMIS conferences have been so successful over the years and have grown in prestige and reach (even during the trying circumstances of the GFC) is a testament to his wonderful leadership. The upward trajectory of the conference is fantastic – in my view it really has helped put the ASE “on the map” in the international arena. Clearly, gaining international exposure and reputation is absolutely critical to the ongoing academic development of the ASE and more broadly Romanian academic accounting. One fantastic example of serious nature of this exposure is the involvement of world leading accounting academics such as Professor Katherine Schipper. Also, the maturity of this conference is highly notable – and something with which I am proud to be involved over several years. Moreover, teaming up with ACCA and IAAER has been a major coup that gives great credibility to the international exposure and reputation achieved. Congratulations to Professor Nastase and his team on this wonderful sustained achievement!
With regard to the journal, JAMIS, again the challenge is extreme – to make the decision to move a domestic-focused journal to one with serious international exposure is a brave and daunting move. While it is acknowledged as a long-term goal, great inroads have already been achieved: the Editorial Board boasts an impressive list of high profile academics across international boundaries. The other obvious measure of success, is the growing trend toward international authors publishing in the journal – and publishing quality papers. Much more hard work lies ahead, but with the strong support of Professor Nastase, this is another successful initiative that will help further place the ASE, and more broadly Romanian academic accounting, on the international academic stage. Once again, I wholeheartedly congratulate Professor Nastase for his wonderful support of this journal as an important outreach to the global accounting academic community.
Finally, Professor Nastase, I extend my best wishes with your goal of taking on the role of Rector at the ASE. I am absolutely convinced that should you secure this position, the ASE will greatly prosper, even through these hard and challenging times, to become a recognised quality player within the European university sector.
Professor Dr. Robert Faff
Editor Accounting and Finance (ISI Journal)
Director of Research
UQ Business School
University of Queensland 4072