A major professional association for people working in information systems for business has established its first chapter in Vietnam.
The Association for Information Systems has granted approval to an application to set up a Vietnam chapter, with its first president being Mr Nelson Leung, an academic at RMIT International University Vietnam.
Mr Leung manages RMIT Vietnam's academic program in Business Information Systems, which combines information technology and management disciplines to produce graduates able to help shape IT services and facilities to best meet the needs of business.
According to Mr Leung, the major purposes of establishing a Vietnam chapter of AIS are to advance the development of expertise in business information systems in Vietnam, encourage research, promote a stronger identity for local experts in the field as well as dialogue between them, and help prepare the next generation of BIS professionals who will help Vietnamese businesses to meet rapidly changing needs in information systems.
"We're very pleased to see the advent of a chapter of an international professional association of this kind here in Vietnam," RMIT Vietnam president Professor Merilyn Liddell said today.
"We're particularly proud that its first president is an RMIT Vietnam academic who is committed to advancing professional development and interaction in this increasingly important field for Vietnam."
An official ceremony is being planned for December to welcome Vietnam's new AIS chapter, with invited guests to include industry leaders, academics from local universities, staff of RMIT from both Australia and Vietnam, and students.
The Association for Information Systems describes itself as an organisation which serves society through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems. AIS further describes itself as "the premier professional association for individuals and organisations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide".
The website of the AIS now has its Vietnam chapter listed on it.