Following the directions 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 new College of Computing and Informatics to be a part of its other academic Colleges.
The establishment of this College coincide with the pillars of the national agenda of the UAE that emphasizes nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, smart cities, security technologies, computing and IT applications in all areas of national, social and scientific development, including the knowledge economy, health care, the environment and many other fields.
The College of Computing and Informatics will move forward in the direction of modern trends in computing and technological innovations to achieve many scientific and academic goals through the integration of academic programs and employing them to bridge the gap between theoretical progress and practical applications as well as enhance the experience of students to employ modern computing in solving academic and practical problems in their fields. It will also provide consultations and training in the fields of engineering, computer sciences, and informatics to serve the community and enable graduates to compete in these fields.
The College will achieve this by investing in the scientific and academic structure at the University of Sharjah modelled through the strong base of academic programs of the many Colleges related to the field of computing. This in addition to the very important institutes and scientific research centers built on the diligent work of a distinguished cadre of researchers in many fields including the Blockchain, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, smart nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, programming languages, software engineering, and many more.
The new College is embarking on the task of integrating these advanced technologies in all fields of scientific research inside and outside the University through effective partnerships with relevant IT research institutions and companies to provide better services to society and to contribute through this to the major shift towards a knowledge economy.
The College of Computing and Informatics will also aim using an innovative curriculum in computing systems to achieve the highest level of serving the needs of the programs and colleges.
The admission into the College will officially start in April as the first academic semester will start September of the 2019/2020 academic year. The College will include a number of departments such as the Department of Computer Engineering (previously a part of the College of Engineering), Department of Computer Sciences (previously a part of the College of Sciences), and the Department of Management Information Systems (previously a part of the College of Business Administration). This in addition to the reassigning of a number of programs from the Colleges of Engineering and Sciences such as the Bachelor's in Computer Engineering, Master's and PhD in Computer Engineering, Bachelor's in Computer Sciences, Bachelor's in Information Technology and Multimedia, Master's in Computer Sciences, and Bachelor's in Management Information Systems.
He added that the University hopes the College will grant its graduates the following academic degrees: PhD in Computer Science, Master's in Information Security, Master's of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Master's of Data Science, Bachelor's in Cyber Security Engineering, and a Bachelor of Software Engineering.
It can also provide secondary specializations that contribute to the integration of the principles of computing and technological progress through a wide range of options such as: artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, digital games design and development, bioinformatics, digital forensics, computing for media, computing for law, and robotics technology.
The College will gather the advanced expertise in the above mentioned fields to increase and ensure the progress of research and development, and produce a new generation that will be able to meet the challenges in the various fields of smart sciences. The University's new Smart Building, he added, is expected to be completed by 2022, which includes office spaces and laboratories for faculty, research groups and their staff members.