Awards & Achievements

03.04.2017 | Awarded By : Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

HKUST Hailed as Hong Kong’s First IT Governance Merit Award Winner

To achieve success in the information era, companies around the world growingly attach importance to IT governance. The School therefore has worked with the industry and international professional bodies, like the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), to exchange and promote IT governance.

Thank for Professor Garvin Percy Dias, Associate Professor of Business Education in the Department of ISOM, the BBA - Information Systems (IS) Program offered by the HKUST Business School has become the first in Asia Pacific to align with the ISACA Model Curriculum.

Professor Dias has collaborated closely with ISACA and contributed not only to the development of the BBA-IS program, but also enhancement of students’ competitiveness through activities organized by ISACA.

The HKUST ISACA Student Group is the very first ISACA Student Group in Greater China recognized by ISACA. One of the School’s IS students earned the highest score in the world CISA exam organized by ISACA in 2014, while a student team won the first ISACA case competition in 2016.

In recognition of the achievements made by local organizations in leading Hong Kong to be one of the world’s most reliable IT hubs, ISACA (China HK Chapter) organized the first-ever IT Governance Achievement Awards to foster the public awareness of IT governance in Hong Kong. The great efforts made by Professor Dias and his students in promoting IT governance has gained recognition by the organizer as it was chosen the “Merit Award” recipient for the 2017 IT Governance Achievement Awards (Public Sector).

Also supported by organizations including the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, ASTRI, Cyberport and HKSTP, the presentation ceremony on 16 March saw other winners in both public and private sectors such as the Hospital Authority, Bank of China and ICBC Bank. They have been hailed for their outstanding achievements in adopting IT governance practices in Hong Kong.

Professor Dias joined HKUST in 1999 and his research interests include IS Auditing, Computer Network Management, and Group Decision Support Systems. He is also the award winner of the 2016 Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching at HKUST.

Mr Nicholas Yang, JP, Secretary for the Innovation and Technology, presents the award to Garvin Percy Dias, Associate Professor of Business Education of ISOM.
Public sector award winners: Hospital Authority (Winner) and HKUST Business School (Merit); Private sector award winners: Bank of China (Winner) and ICBC Bank (Merit)
Dean Professor Tam Kar Yan (left) with Professor Dias