Ahmed Saadeh.

Ahmed Saadeh, a Senior Academic Staff member at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), New Zealand, has been acknowledged by his peers by winning the Wintec Teaching and Learning Award in Wintec’s 2017 Annual Staff Awards conferred on 8 September 2017.

Ahmed has embraced the new Wintec Teaching & Learning Directions and applied many of the principles in his modules over the past two semesters.

Student SetMaps indicate students can clearly see his passion and enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches and they clearly value his expertise.

The students have also specifically talked about his ability to engage with all cultures and encourage participation which is a wonderful piece of feedback.

In his SetMap for his accounting module, 12 out of 17 responses highlighted his teaching style and techniques as being especially strong.

Peer observations from colleagues within Centre for Business and Information Technology (CBITE) and those from the Teaching & Learning team highlight Ahmed’s ability to be very inclusive in his classes, engage with all students from all cultures and provide a strong learning platform for students to build their knowledge and skills. He challenges his own practice as well as providing opportunities in class for students to challenge themselves.

Ahmed has introduced technology into the accounting classes, using ‘YouTube’ videos to encourage discussions and debate and creating a campus challenges to show how students can apply their learning in accounting to everyday life situations. He has brought the outside world inside for students and made accounting (and particularly auditing) fun and interactive.

Ahmed’s PhD research paper was awarded the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the 4th Forensic Accounting Conference and he has presented this paper over in Australia.

He has also been invited by Waikato University to be a guest speaker on auditing.

Ahmed has embraced the new way of Teaching & Learning – he has grown through the experience and so have all his students. 

Ahmed, who is himself finalising a PhD in Forensics Accounting and has worked as an auditor, teaches the Auditing and Assurance paper at Wintec,  a paper he says is known for being ‘hard’.

He believes that auditing, a subject that’s not all fun, can become interesting, by incorporating technology in the classroom and allowing students to explore how what they have learned applies to the real world can serve as a great reflective tool.

“People can have high expectations that an auditor’s duty is to prevent or detect fraud”, says Ahmed. “And auditors believe they are not expected to, and cannot, reduce fraud risk to zero and therefore cannot obtain absolute assurance that financial statements are free from fraud or error”.

“There is a gap between society’s expectations of auditors and auditors’ performance. Identifying and understanding the auditing gaps and the nuances of this evolving role are critical for our students to go out into a world where they will expect the unexpected and develop solutions.”