Divine Word University recently hosted its first combined Information Systems and Mathematics & Computing Science Symposium.
This year’s symposium marked the 11th Annual Information Systems Symposium incorporated with the fourth Mathematics and Computing Science Mini-Conference.
With the theme “Innovation through collaborative learning and knowledge creation in the global network of information technology, mathematics and computing science”, 40 students presented the results of their final year research and development projects.
“You are wonderful examples of young people leading the way with digital literacy” she said.
Professor Norman said that she is constantly amazed at the ease with which students engage with digital media and understand its potential.
“In the case of personal, education and business activities, digital media has become part of the re-definition of our PNG society,” she said.
Head of Department for Information Systems and Mathematics & Computer Science Professor Peter Anderson said that the combined symposium was a significant milestone for the development of the two departments with much synergy gained by interaction.
“Under staff supervision students undertake a research project which will involve them in developing a solution to a real world IS/IT scenario which they have identified during the course of their studies or during periods of work experience,” he said.
He said delivering a service innovation to a PNG organization, particularly to those that are self-funded is regarded as an important component of each research project.
The student projects are also seen as an important preparation for those about to enter the workforce where graduates will be expected to think for themselves in confronting challenges with minimum supervision.