PROJECT STATUS : Ongoing
RESEARCH SITES : Asian continent
Asia-based postgraduate students, academics, and researchers have gathered to form the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the Area of ICT4D's New Asia Chapter (IPID). The event, which took place on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the University of Technology Sarawak (UTS) in Sibu, Malaysia, explored the formation of the organisation, its goals and objectives, and potential areas of collaboration. The launch attracted over thirty people from colleges, the private and public sectors, and development organisations. The launching ceremony was moderated by Dr John Owuor, Director of the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), Dr Azlan Ali, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UTS, Sylvia Cadena, Head of Programs for the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre Foundation, Dr Terry VAN GEVELT from the University of Hong Kong, and Dr Fitri Suraya Mohamad from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.After the inauguration, the chapter's structure and future activities were discussed. Participants agreed that this programme is timely for young academics and postgraduate students to network. The decision was made to establish a management committee to oversee chapter activities and resource mobilisation. The SPIDER and UTS concluded the launch ceremony by expressing gratitude.
The network's goal is to facilitate researchers who are working in the field of information and communications technology for development (ICT4D). The target audience consists mostly of graduate students and young researchers.
Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions, Stockholm University, Sweden