WCC2010 Conference Session

Joint Australian Council of Deans of ICT and ACS Foundation Event

Maximising the Industry / University Partnership

I look forward to you joining me in what I believe will prove to be a rewarding and stimulating session at the upcoming World Computer Congress 2010, which is being held in Brisbane between 20th to the 24th September 2010.

The Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) and the ACS Foundation is hosting an event that will take place between 1.30pm and 5.00pm on the 20th September. One of the main purposes of this session is for industry and academia to put forward their drivers and the outcomes they are seeking, and to get mutual recognition of those drivers. If we can achieve that outcome it will be a most worthwhile exercise.

This event will be targeting an audience consisting of members of the academic community as well as representatives from Industry and Government and will focus on three topic areas namely

  • The Impact of Standards on Curricula - Professor Janet Verbyla, Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland
  • The future of the Australian ICT Industry - Bob Hayward, Chief Technical and Innovation Officer, CSC .
  • Research - Dr Phil Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, NICTA .

There will be an initial 20 minute presentation from a "subject matter expert" from each of these areas, to be followed by the audience splitting into discussion groups to focus on each of these topics. These discussions will take around 1 hour.

After a short afternoon tea break the groups will come back together for a summary of the findings, the full list of which will be compiled into an extensive report which will be distributed to each participant. It is hoped that this report can be used to further discussions around these topics, and presented to politicians.

John Ridge

CEO, ACS Foundation


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