Four Graduate Students Represent AUN at Oxford Varsity Conference

Four Graduate Students Represent AUN at Oxford Varsity Conference

On April 9 and 10, four graduate students recently attended the 24th UK Academy for Information Systems International Conference in the University of Oxford, the UK.

At the doctoral consortium held on the eve of the conference, also at St Catherine's College at Oxford, a doctoral student in the School of Information Technology & Computing, Bashir M. Mustapha, won the award of the most insightful and problem-solving research for the early Ph.D.'s category. He was one of three doctoral students from AUN who attended the consortium.

Mustapha presented the thesis, “A Realist Evaluation of the Sustainability of Disease Surveillance Intervention Outcomes: The Case of eIDSR in Liberia and Sierra Leone,” at the doctoral consortium for review and feedback from colleagues and senior professors in the Information Systems field. Attending the UKAIS doctoral consortium and conference was an interesting experience, he recalls in an interview with us.

“It created an avenue to meet with top scholars and professors in the Information Systems community who have a wealth of experience and knowledge to guide and mentor Ph.D. students.”

The two other doctoral students and their theses include Hilary Joseph Watsilla, “Knowledge Management in Academics: creating and transferring innovative ideas for development” and Yusuf Chidama, “Sustainability of E-government services, a Realist Evaluation of Irembo in Kigali Smart Cities Initiatives.

Mr. Chidama said the conference was also a networking opportunity. “It was an opportunity to meet and network with fellow Ph.D. students of IS from different countries and top IS scholars and professors.”

At the conference that had 72 researchers, there were two M.Sc. students including Ms. Nankyer Sarah Bitrus of the Provost’s office, who presented a research paper on behalf of her faculty thesis supervisor and co-authors, Dr. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala and Prof. Kenneth David Strang from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. It is titled "Exploring Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting Agriculture Information System Acceptance in Rural Nigeria After Terrorism."


Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa