My university requires for PhD candidates to publish 1 journal paper + 2 conference papers in order to be able to proceed to the viva.
Recently, I submitted a paper to a symposium that has a proceeding with an ISBN. The proceeding, however, will not be published online (only a hard copy, but I found the citations of previous conference in google scholar). The paper is accepted and today is the deadline to pay the registration fees. Both the university direction and my supervisor did not respond to my emails, so I have to make the decision on my own.
My question is: can we call a symposium paper a conference paper? And is there any difference in terms of quality?
My domain is Project Management.