With the Rudd Government’s promise of a $4.7 billion investment in broadband technologies, the digital economy is well and truly back on the national agenda. And its success will depend on new developments that position Australia as a smart user of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
According to UniSA’s Information Systems expert, Professor Paula Swatman, building capacity in the effective use of ICT, particularly as it underpins business growth and competitiveness, will be vital.
Recognising the transformational role of the digital economy, the School of Computer and Information Science, has made a strategic decision to develop partnerships between academia, government and industry aimed at spearheading research and development in digital technologies and applications.
With more than 25 years’ international experience in the fields of e-business, internet commerce and global systems, Prof Swatman is enthusiastic about leading the new initiative.
"Our goal is to develop key capabilities that will ensure Australian businesses grow their share of emerging global markets and improve their international competitiveness," she said.
"The climate is right for some ‘great leaps’ to occur in this field in Australia and we are keen to support that through research collaboration and also by educating the next generation of ICT experts to take advantage of new opportunities."
Prof Swatman takes on this new role after two years as the inaugural State Records of SA/Fuji Xerox/State Library of SA Chair of Business Information Management, where she led a multidisciplinary and cross-institutional team of experts. The collaboration has put UniSA and its partners in a world-leading position by designing a suite of contemporary graduate programs linking the areas of information management, library studies, records and archival management and business information and communications technology.
More information about study programs in the School is available online.