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NTU's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication to host International Communication Association Conference
Date:6/1/2010

Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information will be hosting the annual conference of the prestigious International Communication Association (ICA), the largest association of its kind in the world, from June 22 to 26, 2010, at Suntec Singapore International and Convention Centre.

More than 1,500 media and communication academics, journalists, business, government, and communication leaders from around the world will gather to discuss issues related to this year's theme, Matters of Communication: Political, Cultural and Technological Challenge. This is the first time that an ICA conference will be held in Singapore and also in Southeast Asia. It is only the second time in the Association's illustrious 60-year history that the conference is held in Asia.

Professor Ang Peng Hwa, the former Chair of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and the chairman of the Conference organizing committee, says, "The International Communication Association holds its annual conference outside of the US once every four years. It is an honour for NTU to host this in Singapore. This is like Singapore hosting the World Cup, an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. This conference further cements the reputation of the Wee Kim Wee School as the premier communication school in Asia, NTU as a world-class university, and Singapore as a global city for communication and information."

Preparation for the hosting of the conference began in 2005, with the Wee Kim Wee School beating out the teams from Hong Kong and Osaka for the bid. Professor Ang says, "What clinched the win for us was the team spirit within the School and the support from the University. We put to vote if we should bid to host this conference and the entire faculty voted for it even though they knew it would be a lot of work for everyone. Our Provost said that even if he had to, he would skip lunch to support the conference. The
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Contact: Feisal Abdul Rahman
feisalar@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6687
Nanyang Technological University
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