On Saturday the 9th of November the Khon Kaen SCC Team was asked to present to the faculty and students of Khon Kaen Universities Computer Science Department.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somjit Arch-int, Head of Computer Science Department, worked with the local team to develop an agenda that would provide maximum benefit to the students.
The aim of the agenda was to enhance the students understanding of IBM and the leadership, business and technical skills that they would be required to develop if they would like to have a successful career after graduating from KKU.
The morning started off fresh and bright, the buzz of excitement was evident in the room where approximately 30 eager students waited for the session to start.
Khun Apapan, from the Thailand office, opened the session, providing a background on the Smarter Cities Challenge, explaining why five executives were in Khon Kaen.
Geraint was next to present, focusing on IBM background and our Smarter Cities strategy.
He highlighted IBM’s achievements over the last 102 years, identifying several key milestones and achievements.
Geraint also focused on three main areas, these being:
- New Era of Computing;
- IBM’s commitment to the Emerging markets; and
- New ways of working.
Next to speak was Robert, who explained the IBM’s Globally Integrated Enterprise journey and its benefits.
Robert explained IBM’s GIE strategy and how it relates to becoming ‘Smarter’.
Robert concluded his presentation by talking about how new graduates can be ordained into the GIE, its benefits and
avenues for students.
The next speaker was Hance, who spoke about ‘Smarter Education for IT organizations’ with a highly relevant and topical discussion on IBM Research, Intellectual Property development.
This discussion was highly received by both the faculty and student as this was an area that had been previously identified as one of the most important factors that would allow KKU to implement their own Data Analytic Research Center.
Next to speak was Greg, who spoke to the audience about three important themes, these being:
- Top ten IT jobs required by companies today;
- What soft skills do employers expect graduates to have; and
- The benefits of further education and professional certifications.
Last, but not least to speak was Vinod, who focused on leadership, basing the discussions on IBM’s Nine Competencies.
Vinod gave several succinct real life examples that highlighted why leadership is important, even at the beginning of a fresh graduate’s career.
At the end of the presentation the KKU Computer Science Department faculty and students asked several interesting and thought provoking questions, which were answered by the various SME’s who presented.
At the end of the presentation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somjit Arch-int, Head of Computer Science Department, showed his appreciation by presenting the speakers with beautiful KKU ties, shown in the picture being worn by Greg Kelaart-Courtney.
The KKU Computer Science Department then took the SCC Team to a famous local restaurant where the tastes of Thailand were magically merged into dozens of scrumptious and titillating local delicacies.
During the meal the questions and discussions continued, again demonstrating KKU’s enthusiasm and excitement of having the SCC Team.
What was interesting about the SCC Khon Kaen Team’s presentation to the KKU Computer Science Department faculty and students, is that both parties benefited from this Community Service event as it was highly fulfilling to be able to share experience and knowledge to those individuals who are keen to increase their knowledge and experience.
A thoroughly rewarding day for all who participated.