15 April 2019
Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, the University announced the establishment of the College of Computing and Informatics. This coincides with the national agenda of the UAE that focuses on artificial intelligence, smart cities, security technologies, computing and information technology in all national, social, and intellectual development areas, including the knowledge economy, health care, the environment and many other areas.
This came during the official ceremony held at the University's main campus in the presence of Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director General of Sharjah eGovernment, along with His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah; H.E. Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Dr Tawfiq al-Bakhit Cultural Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the UAE.
During the inauguration, the Chancellor of the University of Sharjah gave a brief presentation about the development of the University in terms of the number of study programs, the number of students enrolled, its research centers and institutes, and the general areas of new strategic plan. He stressed that the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of Sharjah will work on moving towards modern trends in computing and technological innovations to achieve a set of scientific objectives. This includes enhancing the students' experience in employing modern computing in solving academic and practical problems in their fields of specialization, providing consultancy and training programs in the fields of engineering, computer science and information technology to serve the community and enable graduates to compete in these fields.
He indicated that this new College will benefit from the University's scientific and academic infrastructure, the offered academic programs related to computing, and the research groups and institutions. The University's related areas of research include blockchain, Internet of Things, cyber security, smart nanotechnologies, artificial intelligence, large data sciences, programing languages and engineering, amongst others.
The Chancellor added that this new College embarks on the mission of combining recent technologies with all areas of research inside and outside the University through effective partnerships with the institutes and organizations of information technologies research to provide the best services to the community and support the University's other Colleges.
He added that the College will open admission this month to start its first semester in September of the new academic year. It will include a number of departments such as the Department of Computer Engineering, the Department of Computer Sciences, and the Department of Management Information Systems. It also offers a number fields options such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data sciences, game design and development, bioinformatics, digital forensics, and robotics technology. He added that the new smart building for the College will be completed in 2022.
The ceremony also featured a debate led by Prof. Madjid Merabti, Dean of the College of Sciences, and with the participation of Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed ElMustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, amongst others from the University of Sharjah and outside organizations. The session tackled the scientific and technological importance of the College of Computing and Informatics and its role in serving the University community in particular and the local and regional communities in general as well as meeting the demands of the labor market during the coming period.
The University's Vice Chancellors attended the ceremony along with the College Deans, Department Heads, faculty and staff members, and a large number of Sharjah officials, police, and representatives of government entities and other organizations.