The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has approved the two new master degree programs and one PhD program: M.S. in Engineering Management; M.S. in Construction Engineering and Management; and PhD in Engineering Management and Innovation, which the University of Sharjah will offer, in cooperation with the Ecole Technologie Superieure (ETS) in Montreal, Canada. ETS is one of the largest Canadian universities in this field and the new degree programs will be offered as of the Fall Semester 2013 with registration for these programs beginning immediately.
Professor Samy A. Mahmoud, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, made this announcement saying that these quality programs will contribute significantly to realizing the vision 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, in creating a solid educational system in the Emirate of Sharjah, beginning with nursery school through the PhD degree level. Crediting His Highness, the Chancellor said that His Highness has instructed the University to continuously endeavor to offer more programs to UAE nationals in various specializations in order to address today’s rapid progress and to achieve the highest possible advancement of the country. He said the University of Sharjah is fully committed to fulfilling the vision of His Highness in the various fields of higher education at all degree levels.
The Chancellor said that this is especially true of the new programs being offered in the specializations of Engineering Management and Construction Engineering and Management. These two programs, he said, will address the demands of the current job market in overcoming the tremendous challenges related to development projects in the UAE and region, especially since they are being offered jointly with one of the largest Canadian universities, ETS, which possesses extensive academic experience in these degree areas and other related technological specializations.
One of the greatest privileges offered to students joining the programs, he said, will be the opportunity earn a degree in a double major from colleges at both universities. He said such a degree will equip students with international industrial experience and its applications through research conducted for their master’s thesis and/or PhD dissertation under the joint supervision of the two universities. Students will also have the opportunity to study and train abroad and be exposed to the latest industrial technology, while conducting research at reputable Canadian institutions.
Professor Samy A. Mahmoud continued saying, “Students will have the opportunity to acquire broad knowledge, encompassing a variety of fields in the areas of Engineering Management and Construction Engineering and Management, in addition to related information on socio-economic factors. Students will also learn to identify and analyze interrelationships and factors of interdependence between engineering applications and components, on the one hand, and socio-economic factors, on the other.” This, he said, would be accomplished through research on the best solutions for realizing desired objectives and gaining an understanding of various socio-economic and environmental factors and their impact. He said, “Students will employ engineering applications and technological innovations to gain a deep understanding of these complicated relationships by making decisions and choices, all of which represents the cornerstone of sustainable development behind major and complex engineering projects.”
The Chancellor said that students who are admitted to one of the master’s or PhD programs will have completed the necessary degree requirements in an accredited engineering program in one of the joint disciplines and that graduate studies in these areas will provide students with extensive knowledge to enhance their career and educational portfolios.