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Japanese University honours Business School Professor

06 Dec 2012

The prestigious Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo, Japan, has awarded the Business School's Professor Sid Gray an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contributions to international accounting.

Professor Gray is the Chair of the Business School's Discipline of International Business.

Commenting on the decision to award the honorary doctorate, the President of Kwansei Gakuin University, Professor Takutoshi Inoue, said that Professor Gray's global contribution to the development of the accounting discipline was very much appreciated.

"We also appreciate your dedicated efforts to support our colleagues in their research in accounting," Professor Inoue said.

In response, Professor Gray said he was very honoured to receive this award and privileged to have been involved in research collaborations with academics at Kwansei Gakuin University over many years.

A degree ceremony will be held in early December.

Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU), which was founded by American missionary the Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D. in 1889, is one of Japan's most prestigious private schools. It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in over 35 different disciplines and has around 20,000 students enrolled.

KGU's educational system, built on its motto Mastery for Service, encourages students to not only strive to master academic knowledge for their own career, but to also nurture their personality and character for the purpose of serving others.

Professor Gray is a prolific researcher in the fields of accounting and international business.

He received his BEc (honours) degree from the University of Sydney and PhD from the University of Lancaster. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business headquartered in the USA.

Professor Gray is also Co-Editor of the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (published by Wiley-Blackwell in association with New York University's Stern School of Business) and an Editorial Board Member of a number of leading international journals such as Abacus, Journal of International Business Studies and Management International Review.

He is a former President of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research.