Representatives from the School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Informatics respectively met with the delegations for talks to review cooperation between the Poly and the International Engineering Professions Association. The discussions also revolved around identifying specific areas for prospective partnerships as well as facilitating negotiations between the IEEE and UNESCO on possibilities for cooperation.
One of the presentations delivered during the meeting focussed on Women in Engineering (WIE), a professional association for women in Engineeringrelated careers and fields of study, which has an active Poly Chapter. IEEE Managing Director for Educational Activities, Dr Douglas Gorham, and IEEE Senior Director for Corporate Development, Tara Wisniewski, expressed their eagerness to explore ways of supporting WIE.
The discussions also touched on the establishment of an IEEE Chapter in Namibia, as this would facilitate the hosting of IEEE conferences in Namibia for the Southern African region. The IEEE is a co-sponsor of a planned international conference to be hosted by the Poly’s School of Computing and Informatics, and known as the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Networks and Computer Communications 2015 (ETNCC2015).
“We are very happy with the meetings. Our discussions have been very fruitful and we have identified numerous other areas and possible projects for collaboration between the Poly and the IEEE as well as UNESCO,” said Dr Samuel John, Dean of the School of Engineering.