SOM Sponsors World Congress in Taiwan

Posted: March 16, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

The School of Management (SOM) is a sponsor of this year’s World Congress on Information Technology held in Taipei, Taiwan. Students from the graduate program in Technology Management, along with several SOM faculty members, will attend the congress, June 11 to 14, at the Taipei International Convention Center. Organizers expect 1,200 participants from 50 countries and regions.

“I saw the World Congress as an opportunity to strengthen the School of Management’s partnership within the information technology industry, says Teresa Domzal, SOM dean. “Our school has a focus on teaching and learning in the information age, and the World Congress is a perfect venue for George Mason University to showcase its IT focus. We are the only university at the platinum sponsorship level.”

Among the other organizations at the $100,000 platinum level are Andersen Consulting, EDS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Systex Corp., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, and the state of Virginia.

SOM professor Jim Poisant is the international executive director for the upcoming congress. He served as president and CEO for the 1998 World Congress, held at George Mason’s Fairfax Campus, and subsequently joined SOM as a faculty member in 1999.

The Technology Management students will attend sessions and promote George Mason by manning the university’s information booth. They also will have an opportunity to visit the National University of Taiwan and mingle with international figures such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Gates and Virginia’s Gov. James Gilmore are both on the list of speakers.

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