DWU to host ICT symposium


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Divine Word University’s Information Systems Department will hold its 7th Information Systems symposium on Thursday 28th September, 2012. The symposium will be staged at the Sir Peter Barter Auditorium on the Madang campus.

The theme for the symposium is “Envisioning change through Information and Communication Technology Advancements”.

Information Systems is the second Department within the Faculty of Business and Informatics (FBI) to host a student organized annual symposium this month. The Business Studies Department staged its 12th annual Business Ethics Symposium on Friday 9th September, 2012. The theme for that symposium was “Ethics in the development of PNG through the power of positive vision”.

Tourism and Hospitality Management is another department in the same faculty which also staged another student-led forum that brought together stakeholders, the university community and the public. This was the 5th annual tourism exposition labeled in Tok Pisin as Liklik Diwai Turism Expo. The tourism expo was organized and staged by students under the theme “Creating a positive vision for tourism and hospitality industry in PNG”.

The IS department is inviting staff, students and the general public to the symposium which is expected to be very informative given the importance of ICTs in modern life.

The symposium received a K10,000 donation from the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) in August.

NICTA managing director Charles Punaha was on campus and presented the money commended the gathering as worthy forum for stakeholders in ICT to meet. He had said then that NICTA supports initiatives and avenues of enhancing ICT knowledge and skills in PNG.

Mr Punaha challenged the IS department to develop the symposium as it is an effective avenue where people in the ICT sector can learn from each other.

He said ICT policy makers, Internet service providers and the government should attend future symposium to discuss possibilities of enhancing ICT accessibility.

Mr Punaha and other representatives from business hours had attended a Media Conference to formally commit assistance to the Department of Information Systems in the seventh DWU IS Symposium next month.

Telikom PNG through the Madang office also pledged its support for the symposium and other partners in ICT are expected to take part as well.