Friday, September 17, 2010

University Deans Ensuring the future of ICT

A "Joint Australian Council of Deans of ICT and ACS Foundation Event" is being held at the World Computer Congress in Brisbane 1:30pm to 5pm, in the Plaza Level Room 2, 20 September 2010. I will be taking notes of discussions for use in formal policy documents to be put to Government. Attendance at this event is included in WCC2010 registration.
An opportunity for participants to shape the future of ICT
  • Industry and universities maximising common interests
  • Exploring future mutual benefits
  • Graduate recruits meeting industry needs and expectations
ACDICT and the ACS Foundation are facilitating an event during WCC2010 to further foster and strengthen relationships between universities and the industry. The concept is that three topics of mutual interest and subject matter experts have been chosen to lead the deliberations, following which the audience will split into groups to vigorously discuss each topic area, and report back to the audience on their findings.
Maximising the Industry / University Partnership

The topics chosen are :-

1. The quality of university graduates: a joint university and industry responsibility

* Government imposed standards
* Maintaining quality and relevance
* Industry’s role in teaching and assessment
* Work integrated learning

2. Ensuring the future of ICT in Australia

* Current and future workforce shortages
* The profile of the future professional
* A student-driven demand system as opposed to employer demand
* Articulation between TAFEs, private providers and universities
* Workplace experience of graduates

3. ICT Research: maximising benefits

* The goals and value of research training
* Industry and ICT research
* Ensuring relevance
* Effective research models

The people who will be leading these groups will be Professor Janet Verbyla, Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland, Bob Hayward, Chief Technology & Information Officer, CSC Australia & Asia, and Phil Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, NICTA, respectively.

Benefits to participants

* Contribution to document for government policy advice
* Deep interaction with colleagues
* Gaining new perspectives ...

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