UPOU Alumnus Presents Doctoral Dissertation in Sydney Conference UP Open University (UPOU) Doctor of Communication (DComm) Alumnus, Reynaldo Gacho Segumpan, presented his dissertation in Sydney, Australia during the Australia and New Zealand Business, Law and Social Science Conference on August 18-20, 2017. Mr. Segumpan’s dissertation, entitled “Understanding Mediated Intercultural Communication: An Ethnomethodological Study of Social Media Engagement Practices of Asian Expatriates,” was completed under the advisory of Dr. Jean A. Saludadez. His research explored what the Asian expatriates’ practices are when they engage in mediated intercultural communication. Three themes emerged as a result of his study -- social media engagement as everyday practice, social media engagement as a practice of building professional communities, and social media engagement as a search for virtual space. The conference was organized by the Australian Academy of Business Leadership in order “to provide an opportunity to academics and practitioners around the world to discuss and share the contemporary issues of business and social science research.” The participants included researchers, educators, economists, lawyers and legal professionals, communication specialists, business managers, and consultants from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, China (mainland), Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, among others. Mr. Segumpan is an academic staff at the Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman. He was on the Chancellor’s List when he was conferred his DComm degree on 30 July 2016.