Dubai Women’s College hosts an International Conference on Current Trends in Information Technology

Published December 22nd, 2009 - 10:39 GMT
Under the patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and in the presence of HCT  Provost Marshell Drummond, Dubai Women’s College (DWC) held the 2009 international conference on Current Trends in Information Technology (CTIT ‘09). The conference was held at the DWC campus on December 15 and 16, in partnership with IBM, IEEE, British Computer Society and the Arab Computer Society. CTIT ’09 was the first IT research conference in the Higher Colleges of Technology. The aim of the conference was to foster IT research through leadership that provides pragmatic solutions to global and community needs. More than 50 researchers from across the globe shared their creative forward-thinking research in the areas such as Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Environment, Multimedia Applications, Information Systems and others.
CTIT ‘09 hosted 3 keynote speakers: Dr. Ahmed N. Tantawy, Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Mega Projects in the Growth Market Area, Dr. David Moore, Principal Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and Chair of the University’s Disability Research Group, and Dr. Andrew Jones, Chief Researcher and Head of Information Security for the Security Research Centre at British Telecom.
One of the major highlights of the conference was the inauguration of the Dubai Women’s College chapter at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the first and only ACM professional chapter in the UAE. ACM being the world's first scientific and educational computing society provides a premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.
Dr. Amala Rajan, DWC IT faculty and member of CTIT’09 organizing committee said “Due to globalization and digitalization, industries are increasingly depending on IT to bring them innovative ways of competing in the global market. Embedding IT with organizational business processes is no longer an option today but a necessity. To this effect, I see academic institutions, such as DWC, have a responsibility in taking a leading role in the sharing and dissemination of knowledge regarding new trends in IT.” 
She added “Statistics show that the number of women selecting IT related careers have been on the decline for a number of years. Efforts are being taken all around the world to attract women into the field of computer science. This conference gave us the opportunity to contribute to this effort by taking a leading role in inspiring our young women to take a lead, not only in Dubai but internationally.”
DWC 2008 IT Graduate, Budoor Al Housani, Assistant IT Project Supervisor at Road and Transport Authority, who participated at the conference with a research paper on Linux – Ubuntu, said “I consider my participation at this conference a huge achievement for me in terms of my educational, professional and personal life. It encourages me to take future initiatives and be an active person in the society. The opportunity of presenting a research paper at the International Conference emphasized on the power of sharing knowledge.”
DWC anticipates this conference will give rise to many collaborations between DWC and various international educational institutions which will bring Dubai to the forefront of IT research.

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