UKZN Academic Features at Conferences in Mauritius
UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance Academic, Dr Upasana Singh, was elected as a panelist to motivate and guide students at the Open University of Mauritius’s inaugural PhD symposium.
Singh is one of the leading researchers in the field of e-assessment in Information Systems.
The aim of the two-day symposium was for the Mauritius university’s PhD students to present their research and get valuable feedback and mentorship from the panel which also included a Lecturer from the university, Dr Vandana Humna, and the Director of the Mauritius Institute of Education, Dr Oomandra Nath.
Singh described the experience as enriching and enlightening.
‘The wide range of topics being researched by these PhD students was both informative and interesting. Of particular interest were research on “how disengagement of Mauritian students contributes to drop out”, and “how misalignment of university curriculum contributes to unemployment in Mauritius”.
‘I enjoyed the stimulating and critical exchanges between the students in the audience, and those presenting, which clearly showed that the students themselves were engaged not only in the actual material being researched but the process of the PhD study itself,’ she said.
Apart from moderating at the Symposium, Singh also presented a paper at the Third International Conference on Digital Information Processing, E-Business and Cloud Computing (DIPECC2015) held at the University of Mauritius recently.
Her paper was titled: "Student Perceptions of the Implementation of an Indigenous e-assessment System at a South African University".
The three-day conference saw international researchers present on e-learning, software assessment tools, data mining, biometrics and security themes.
Singh said the conference gave her an opportunity to chair a session at her first international conference, as well as engage with academics from Israel, Kenya, India, Mauritius, Canada, Taiwan and Botswana about research, as well as.
‘The presentations were very informative, provided me with valuable networking experience and insight into the research being conducted internationally. I would like to thank UKZN, and in particular, my College’s Dean of Research, Professor Marita Carnelley, for providing the funding,’ she said.