On Thursday 19 May, ACS Victoria’s Education Relations Committee hosted its second annual Heads of ICT Faculties dinner. A gathering of 27 representatives of Victoria’s eight universities gathered over dinner at University House at The University of Melbourne.
The occasion was facilitated by Dr Rod Dilnutt, Chair of the Education Relations committee, with Prof Justin Zobel, Head, Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne welcoming everyone to campus. Topics of conversation centred on student development, accreditation and on the need for universities to strengthen their connections with industry. ACS, as the peak professional body, is ideally positioned to facilitate these connections.
“Being the second annual Heads of Department dinner, the intention of the event is to create the opportunity for University ICT Leadership and ACS to build on and continue relationships amongst one another. We are delighted to be able to host such an eminent group’, says Rod.
Australia’s first computer, CSIRAC, arrived at The University of Melbourne in 1956, making 2016 the 60th Anniversary of computing in Victoria. Our guest of honour at the dinner was Dr Peter Thorne, FACS. Peter is well known as a pioneer of computing in Australia and was a key member of the original CSIRAC team. He has played a major role in the development of computing in Australia and became Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Melbourne in 1990. The anniversary will be celebrated in June with the ACS and the Pearcey Centre, with a number of events and forums set to take place.
Given the success of the event, we are looking forward to 2017.