University of Sharjah University Catalog 2019
2 Description Page # Message from the Chancellor 5 Board of Trustees and Committees 7 Academic Calendar 2018-2019 12 Directory 16 The University Overview 18 Accreditation and Quality Assurance 24 Location and Climate 24 Deanship of Academic Support Services 25 Admissions Department 27 Registration Department 32 UoS Libraries 33 The Central Laboratories 35 Career Advising, Internship Training 37 Academic Programs and Degrees 38 Admissions 45 Tuition Fees 64 Registration 71 General Education 73 Information Technology Center 98 The Enrollment Management and Academic Guidance Department 100 Student Affairs 101
3 Graduate Studies 106 Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development 109 The Institute of Leadership in Higher Education (ILHE) 111 Student Abroad Unit 112 Language Institute 114 Disability Resource Center 114 Colleges College of Sharia & Islamic Studies 116 College of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences 122 College of Business Administration 168 College of Engineering 263 College of Health Sciences 438 College of Law 566 College of Fine Arts 572 College of Communication 631 College of Medicine 649 College of Dental Medicine 685 College of Pharmacy 703 Community College 726 College of Sciences 794
4 Notice Information in this catalog applies to the academic year 2018-2019 as of September 1, 2018. The University reserves the right to make changes without prior notice in programs, course offerings, academic requirements, and teaching staff as deemed necessary. This catalog has been drafted to conform to the related UAE laws and Ministry of Education (MOE) rules and regulations. In the event of a contradiction, the UAE laws and MOE rules and regulations take precedence. Student Responsibility for Catalog Information Students are responsible for reading, understanding and adhering to the information in this catalog. Failure to comply with the stated University, college and program regulations will not exempt students from the ramifications of their ignorance and the penalties that may incur. University of Sharjah Contact Information PO Box: 27272 Sharjah Postal Code 211 Sharjah United Arab Emirates Telephone +971 6 5585000 Fax +971 6 5585185 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org This catalog can also be viewed at http://www.sharjah.ac.ae
5 Message from the Chancellor I am delighted to welcome you as we begin a new academic year at the University of Sharjah, embark upon planning the next UoS Strategic Plan (20202025) and steadfastly pursue the University’s mission of excellence in education, research and community service. Our determination to be the best university in the country and region is reflected in the composition of our student body, faculty and administrative staff. Since the inception of the University in 1997, members of our university community have accomplished numerous achievements across all academic, research and professional fields. These exceptional contributions have contributed to the economic development of the local community and enhanced the quality of life for all, not only in the country and region but also in the international community through our ever-expanding partnerships with reputable universities and institutions throughout the world. Consistent with our core mission is the role of UoS in preparing our students for citizenship, a lifetime of public service and active participation in the local, regional and international communities, which has never been a more important responsibility. To this end, we have made extraordinary progress through the establishment of several institutions, foundations, and research institutes, which cover a broad spectrum of vital and important areas, such as the sciences and engineering, renewable energy, astronomy and space sciences, communication, applied sociology, medicine and health sciences, surgical and clinical training, leadership in higher education, languages and literature, Islamic economy and finance, and the history of Arab and Muslim sciences. All of these accomplishments have been made possible by the guidance and 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. Indeed, the strategic acumen, intellect and foresight of His Highness, Ruler of Sharjah, have sustained the University on a path of excellence such that it now represents a unique model of higher education in the Middle East and internationally, distinguished by its intrinsic cultural values and heritage, global outlook and advancements in science and technology. In this catalog, you will find information about the University and its academic programs, facilities and service units. Additionally, you will find admission guidelines, registration procedures, study plans for all college programs, and information on policies and regulations, such as transferring to a new program, student absences, academic integrity and disciplinary measures.
6 I would like to thank each of you for your outstanding work on behalf of the University of Sharjah. Your collective talents, creativity, energy and dedication to UoS give me much pride. My very best wishes for your continued success and productivity! Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah
7 Board of Trustees His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University Chairman Dr. Obaid Al Muhairi - Former Executive Dean of Arabic Language and UAE Studies, Higher Colleges of Technology BOT Academic Committee Chair Member Mr. Mohammed Abdallah - CEO, Sharjah Islamic Bank Member Dr. Tariq bin Khadim - Chairman of the Directorate of Human Resources – Government of Sharjah Member Dr. Engr. Rashid Al Leem - Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority Member Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi - Director of the Sharjah Women's College, Higher Colleges of Technology Member Mr. Ahmed Alrasheed - Attorney and Legal Advisor Member Mrs. Noura Al Noman - Chairman of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi Member Professor Jacques Frémont - President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa Member Professor Guenter Meyer - Director of the Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW) at the University of Mainz, Germany, Chairman of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), President of the European Association for Middle East Studies (EURAMES) and Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Member Professor Omar M. Yaghi - Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, USA Member Professor Kamal Youcef-Toumi - Professor of Electronics Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water Member
8 and Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Professor Mohamed H. Sayegh, MD - Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon Member Professor Abdallah I. Husein Malkawi - Chancellor, Fahad Bin Sultan University, KSA Member Professor Martin Barstow - Pro-Vice-Chancellor Strategic Science Projects Director of the Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation, Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester, UK Member Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy - Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and President of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS) Member
9 Academic Affairs Committee Dr. Obaid Al Muhairi Former Executive Dean of Arabic Language and UAE Studies, Higher Colleges of Technology Chairman Ms. Noura Al Noman Chairman of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi Member Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi Director of the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology Member Dr. Jacques Frémont President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa Member Dr. Guenter Meyer Director of the Centre for Research on the Arab World (CERAW) at the University of Mainz, Germany, Chairman of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), President of the European Association for Middle East Studies (EURAMES) and Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Member Professor Omar M. Yaghi Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley Member Professor Mohamed H. Sayegh, MD Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon Member Professor Kamal Youcef-Toumi Professor of Electronics Engineering and Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA Member Professor Abdallah I. Husein Malkawi Chancellor, Fahad Bin Sultan University Member Professor Martin Barstow Member
10 Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Science Projects, Director of the Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation, Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester, UK Dr. Engr. Rashid Al Leem Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority Member Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy Chancellor of the University of Sharjah Member
11 Finance Committee Mr. Mohammed Abdallah Chief Executive Officer, Sharjah Islamic Bank Chairman Mr. Ahmed Alrasheed Lawyer and Legal Advisor Member Mr. Tarek bin Khadem Chairman of the Directorate of Human Resources – Sharjah Government Member Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy Chancellor of the University of Sharjah Member
12 Academic Calendar 2018-2019 Fall Semester 2018-2019 April 08 – May 05, 2018 15 Rajab – 14 Shaban 1439 Early admission in fall 2018/2019 for bachelor June 24 – July 12, 2018 07 Shawal The last day of regular admission for Colleges of Medicine and Dental Medicine 19-23 Aug 08 – 11 Dhi Al-Hijja Eid Aladha 26 Aug 15 Dhi Al-Hijja Return of Academic Staff 26-30 Aug 15 – 19 Dhi Al-Hijja TOEFL exam for new students + math & physics placement tests + Late registration 30 Aug 19 Dhi Al-Hijja Last date for new students to postpone their admission 02 Sept 22 Dhi Al-Hijja Classes begin 05 Sept 25 Dhi Al-Hijja Last day to attend incomplete exam 06 Sept 26 Dhi Al-Hijja Last day for Add/Drop 12 Sept 2 Muharam Orientation meeting for new female students 13 Sept 3 Muharam Alhijiri New year 27 Sept 17 Muharam Last day for withdrawal from semester 2 Oct 22 Muharam Orientation meeting for new male students 21 Oct – 1 Nov 12-23 Safar Midterm exams 08 Nov 30 Safar Last day for dropping courses without 'F
13 20 Nov 12 Rabi I Prophet Mohamed's birthday 25 Nov 17 Rabi I First registration period for spring 2018-2019 30 Nov 22 Rabi I Martyr's day 02 Dec 24 Rabi I UAE national day 13 Dec 06 Rabi II Classes end 15-25 Dec 08 – 18 Rabi II Final exams 30 Dec 23 Rabi II Winter break starts 14 - 16 Jan 08 – 10 Jumada I Fall graduation ceremony Spring Semester 2018-2019 09 Dec 2018- 10 Jan 2019 02 Rabi II – 04 Jumada I Regular admission in spring 2018/2019 for bachelor programs 13 Jan 07 Jumada I Return of Academic Staff 13-17 Jan 07- 11 Jumada I TOEFL exam for new students + math & physics placement tests + Late registration 17 Jan 11 Jumada I Last date for new students to postpone their admission 20 Jan 14 Jumada I Classes begin 23 Jan 17 Jumada I Last day to attend incomplete exam 24 Jan 18 Jumada I Last day for Add/Drop 14 Feb 09 Jumada II Last day for withdrawal from semester 10 - 21 March 03 -14 Rajab Midterm Exam
14 28 March 20 Rajab Last day for dropping courses without 'F' 31 March – 06 April 23 – 29 Rajab Spring break 03 April 27 Rajab Israa & Miraj Night 05 May 30 Shaban Beginning of early admission in Fall 2019/2020 for bachelor 09 May 04 Ramadan Classes end 11 - 21 May 06 – 16 Ramadan Final exams 29 May 24 Ramadan The last day of Early Admission in Fall 2019/2020 for Bachelor 11 - 13 June 08 - 10 Shawal Graduation ceremony Summer Semester 2018-2019 02-06 June 28 Ramadan – 03 Shawal Eid Ul Fitr 09 June 06 Shawal Summer session begins 10 June 07 Shawal Last day for Add/Drop 23 June 20 Shawal Summer vacation starts for academic staff 03 July 30 Shawal Last day for dropping courses without grade 'F 17 July 14 Dhi Al-Qida Summer classes end 20 - 24 July 17 – 21 Dhi Al-Qida Final exams 11 - 13 Aug 10 – 12 Dhi Al-Hijja Eid Aladha
15 25 Aug 24 Dhi Al-Hijja Return of academic staff 01 Sep 02 Muharam Classes begin for the academic year 2019-2020
16 Directory Tel. Fax Chancellor’s office 5050001 5585185 Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 5053032 5053034 Vice Chancellor for Medical & Health Sciences Colleges 5057011 5057015 Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies 5053004 5053011 Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Affairs 5050103 5050101 Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs 5057030 5057013 Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs 5050020 5585099 Deanship of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation 5053026 5053020 College of Graduate Studies and Research 5050301 5050303 Deanship of Academic Support Services 5053014 5050139 Registration Department 5050751 5050717 Admission Department 5166753 5053717 College of Shari’a & Islamic Studies 5050181 5050334 College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences 5053201 5053222 College of Business Administration – Men 5053501 5050100 College of Business Administration – Women 5053502 5050513 College of Engineering – Men 5053901 5585191 College of Engineering - Women 5050952 5585191 College of Law - Men 2020211 5053155 College of Law - Women 5053187 5053155 College of Fine Arts & Design 5057851 5053444 College of Health Sciences - Men 5057501 5057502
17 College of Communication 5053611 5050688 College of Medicine 5057201 5057244 College of Dentistry 5057333 5057322 College of Pharmacy 5057401 5057430 College of Sciences 5050225 5050489 Community College 5057910 5589987 Dean of Student Affairs - Men 5050759 5585174 Dean of Student Affairs - Women 5050701 5585160 Enrollment Management and Academic Guidance Unit 5053871 5053872 Facilities Management and Planning Department 5050058 5050051 Human Resources 5050036 5585200 Public Relations 5050020 5585099 Media Center 5050050 5050119 Office of Grants and Sponsorships 5057013 5057022 Alumni Association Center 5057017 5057022 Finance Department 5050040 5585183 Health Clinics – Men 5050244 Health Clinics – Women 5053291 Libraries (Men & Women) Medical Colleges 5053851 5057161 5585186 Procurement Department 5050081 5050419 Business Services Department 5053122 5053107 Passport Unit 5050008 5050093 IT Department 5050014 5585101 University Operator 5585000 5585099
18 The University Overview University Administration Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor Professor Elsiddig El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Professor Maamar Bettayeb, Acting Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Professor Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Health Sciences and Dean of College of Medicine Mr. William Matt Easdown, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Mr. Majid Al-Jarwan, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations Council of Deans Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor Professor Elsiddig El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Professor Maamar Ali Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Professor Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Vice Chancellor for Medical Colleges and Health Sciences and Dean of College of Medicine Mr. William Matt Easdown, Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs Dr. Salah Taher Al Haj, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Mr. Majid Mohamed Al Jarwan, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations Professor Adnan Ibrahim Sirhan, Assistant Chancellor of Branch Affairs and Dean of Community College Professor Esam El-Din Agamy, Dean of the Deanship of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Dr. Hussein M. Elmehdi, Dean of Academic Support Services - secretary of the Deans Council Professor Raafat El-Awady, Acting Dean of the College of Graduate Studies Professor Awad Al Khalaf, Dean of the College of Shari’a and Islamic Studies Professor AbdulSahib Mehdi Ali, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science Professor Philip Molyneux, Dean of the College of Business Administration Professor Abdul-Kadir Mohammed Hamid, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Amina Al-Marzouqi, Acting Dean of the College of Health Sciences Professor Imad El Din Ahmad Abdul Hay, Acting Dean of the College of Law Professor Nadia M. Alhasani, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design
19 Professor Essam Nasr Selim, Acting Dean of the College of Communication Professor Qutayba Hamid Al Heialy, Dean of the College of Medicine Professor Hien Hgo, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine Professor Ayman Noureddin, Dean of the College of Pharmacy Professor Adnan I. Sirhan, Dean, Community College Professor Majid Merabti, Dean of the College of Sciences Professor Mahmoud Darabseh, Dean of Men's Student Affairs Dr. Salama Al Rahoomi, Dean of Women's Student Affairs Professor Taleb Al Tal, Director of the Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Research Professor Abdallah Shanableh, Director of the Institute of Sciences and Engineering Research Professor Abdullah Falah El-Mneizel, Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Professor Maher Omar, Director of the Institute of the Leadership in Higher Education Professor Sam Souliman Dalla, Legal Consultant Deanship of the Academic Support Services Dr. Hussein M. Elmehdi, Dean of Academic Support Services Ms. Aisha Mohamed Bukhatir Al Shamsi, Director of the Admission Department Mrs. Nadia Masoud, Director of Libraries Eng. Mahmoud Abu Shammeh, Director of the Central Laboratories Ms. Reem Al-Hashemi, Director of the Registration Department Ms. Rana Kabani, Coordinator of the Career Advising and Student Training Office Financial and Administrative Affairs Mr. William Matt Easdown, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Financial Affairs Ms. Shaikha Al-Naqbi, Director of the Department of Human Resources Mr. Louay Al-Maleh, Director of the Physical Plant Department Mrs. Heba Aburabia, Director of Financial Control & Operations Mrs. Lisa Campbell Director of the procurement Department Mr. Robert Irving, Director of the Information Technology Mr. Sebastian Priou, Director, Financial Planning & Analysis Human Resources Mr. William Matt Easdown, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs Shaikha Al Naqbi, Acting Director of the Department of Human Resources Centers and Units
20 Professor Esam El-Din Agamy, Dean of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Dr. Ibrahim Ali Al-Mansoori, Director of the Sharjah Center for Islamic Economy Professor Shehdah Fareh, Director of the English Language Center Dr. Nadia Farhat, Director of the Enrollment Management and Academic Guidance Unit Dr. Radhi Al Zubaidi, Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development Dr. Shareefa Rahmatallah Al Marazooqi, Director of the Media Center Mrs. Rana Kabbani, Coordinator of the Career Advising and Student Training Office Professor Ahmed Falah Alomosh, Director of Disability Resource Center Research Institutes Professor Abdullah El-Mneizel, Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Professor Abdallah Shanableh, Director of the Institute of Sciences and Engineering Research Professor Taleb Al-Tal, Director of the Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Research Regional Campuses Professor Adnan Ibrahim Sirhan, Assistant Chancellor of Branch Affairs Dr. Fatima Yousif Al Marashda, Vice Assistant Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Kalba Branch. Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Zaabi, Vice Assistant Chancellor of Financial and Administrative Affairs, Khorfakkan Branch. Mr. Mahmoud Abdalla Al Ansari, Vice Assistant Chancellor of Financial and Administrative Affairs, Kalba Branch The University Background The University of Sharjah (UoS) is recognized among the reputable and comprehensive universities around the world for its excellence in teaching and learning, research, and sustainable academic programs that provide quality services to the community and contribute to the well-being of society. The University has achieved significant milestones in a short span of time since its inception in 1997. A summary of these achievements is highlighted below:
21 • The academic programs offered by the University of Sharjah have grown to encompass 99 accredited programs across 14 colleges and many new programs have been planned to meet emergent community needs in new fields of knowledge. The University has two main campuses in Sharjah University City as well as campuses in Meleiha, Kourfakkan, Dibba, Aldhaid and Kalba. • The UoS Medical Complex is home to four medical colleges (Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) and the College of Health Sciences as well as two teaching hospitals. This makes UoS unique in providing comprehensive health and medical education in the UAE. • The number of teaching faculty has surpassed 634 and an intense recruitment effort is underway to hire many more highly qualified faculty members. Additionally, 1294 administrative staff members serve to support the educational process at the University. • The number of memoranda of understanding (MoU) that have been signed with regional and international institutions since 1998 is 138. And, the total number of MOUs & Agreements with local entities (Non-academic) is 209. • Many active research institutes, centers and groups have been established over the years and engage in a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary research geared to advance development in the region and beyond. • The number of students has steadily grown from 676 in 1997 to 15299 students in 2018. This is the highest number of students among peer institutions in the UAE, with an average annual increase of about 10% in enrollment over the span of the past 20 years. • UoS students come from more than 101 countries, which make UoS among the leading diverse universities in the world. • The quality of admitted students has improved considerably as the high school threshold score of admitted students has risen from 70% in 1997 to 92.5% in 2018. • More than one third of the University’s students receive scholarships from various governmental authorities and the private sector. • UoS houses nine impressive library buildings, which occupy more than 30,000 square meters and hold vast print and electronics resources to support the mission of the University. • UoS has more than 135 modern laboratories that provide a strong applied learning experience and support research in many disciplines. • More than 59 networked computer labs are equipped with the latest hardware and software tools and complete modern athletic facilities enable students to engage in a wide range of pastime and competitive sports so that they may attain a holistic University experience. • Three on-campus mosques allow people to congregate to renew their faith and commitment to higher values. • Modern dormitories provide a home for those away from home.
22 These phenomenal accomplishments over the past short number of years provide the thrust that propels the University to reach its goals in providing the highest quality educational experience to its students. This will enable them to gain adequate knowledge and experience to ensure that they are well prepared for life beyond graduation. It will also strengthen the University’s role in providing the local community with technical services as well as scientific consultations. In research, the state-of-the-art facilities available at the University support faculty and students so that they may excel in their inresearch endeavors. Vision The University of Sharjah is strived to be among the reputable and comprehensive universities around the world for its excellence in teaching and learning, research, and sustainable academic programs that provide quality services to the community and contribute to the well-being of society. Mission The University of Sharjah fosters a culture of critical inquiry in a diverse learning environment, which leads to the discovery, creation, and dissemination of knowledge. The University is committed to providing its students with an education and life-long learning experience of the highest quality through the provision of a comprehensive platform of excellent academic and professional programs, promoting creativity, innovation in research and scholarship, and enhancing the personal, social, academic, and career development of all students. The University serves the socio-cultural and economic needs of the community and the society in the UAE and beyond. Values The University of Sharjah endeavors to achieve its mission through the following set of core values that define its character and culture: • Ethical and civic responsibility in accordance with progressive Arab and Islamic ideals. • The highest standards of integrity, transparency and accountability. • Mutual respect, fairness and collegiality among all. • Freedom of intellectual thoughts and expressions. • Excellence with a limitless drive for quality enhancement and continuance improvement. • Promotion of creativity and innovation in the pursuit of academic excellence.
23 Goals The University strives to achieve the following goals: • Advance scientific research and scholarship at UoS to an international level. • Develop the necessary infrastructure needed for research. • Expand graduate studies programs to establish more relevant specialties and higher degrees with international quality. • Promote excellence in teaching, utilizing state of the art infrastructure, through enhancing learning for all academic programs, including extracurricular activities. • Recruit and retain talented and diverse students, scholars and staff and create the proper environment that nurtures innovation, creativity, and the pursuit of knowledge. • Promote the personal, social, academic and career growth of all students in a proactive manner to prepare and qualify them to be leaders in their chosen careers and professions. • Forge strategic partnerships with the local the community, including the public service industry in order to be responsive to the socio-economic needs of the community through dedicated applied research. • Contribute to the socio-cultural, scientific and economic progress of society through social responsiveness and effective engagement. • Leverage relationships with alumni to advance the University’s mission. • Develop effective and efficient academic and administrative processes that promote and support excellence in teaching, research and service to the community.
24 Accreditation and Quality Assurance The Deanship of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation was established in May 2011 to cover areas of institutional research, institutional effectiveness and academic accreditation. The responsibilities of the Directorate are to: • Coordinate and prepare for national and international accreditation and determine factors that are critical in obtaining institutional accreditation and assure that University of Sharjah implements effective plans to address those factors. • Prepare and maintain the University portfolio of programs by developing and implementing an institutional database for University of Sharjah that will integrate data from all sources of information in all colleges of the University. • Harmonize the institutional effectiveness activities to ensure that all academic and administrative units achieve their outcomes and ensure consistency in all campus locations. • Identify gaps in data; establish procedures to maintain quality of data; ensure the proper use of knowledge and internal / external assessment data. • Enhance the implementation of appropriate learning and teaching methodologies suitable for each program. • Design and update the evaluation and assessment methods appropriate for each category of programs and verify all development plans. • Ensure that all existing and planned curricula meet the required standards and have well defined outcomes. • Prepare progress reports at all levels and periodically review and evaluate the implementation of the strategic plan and directions. Location and Climate The University campus is located within Sharjah University City, which also includes the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology and Sharjah Police Academy. Located in the Muwaylih Suburb, about 12 Kilometers from the Sharjah City Center, the University is conveniently accessible via numerous roads and highways. The main campus includes separate men’s and women’s facilities housed in new buildings with classrooms, laboratories and IT support units that are all well equipped with the latest instructional and educational technology. The Medical Colleges implement a co-educational system. The University fosters social,
25 cultural and extra-curricular activities and sports. The University campus, which is spacious and beautifully landscaped, houses student dormitories, sports facilities and medical clinics. Its architectural design is monumentally harmonious and inspires innovation, reflecting the peace emanating from the perennial surrounding desert environment. Many buildings are connected with each other, making it easier for faculty, staff and students to move between facilities in air-conditioned corridors. Deanship of Academic Support Services Dr. Hussein M. Elmehdi, Dean of Academic Support Services Main Administration Building, M11-332 +971 6 5053016 http://www.sharjah.ac.ae/en/academics/a-services/ The Deanship of Academic Support Services (DASS) is a very unique administrative entity that provides support services to students and academic staff in support of their academic endeavors at the University of Sharjah. In addition to the Deanship Office, there are five departments under DASS. These include: 1) Admissions Department (AD) 2) Registration Department (RD) 3) University of Sharjah Libraries (UOSL) 4) Directorate Central Laboratories (DCL) 5) Career Advising and Students Training Office (CASTO) Each unit at DASS works diligently to provide high quality support services to academic staff, students, departments, colleges and university administration. Our services are designed to support students in their academic journey from the moment they enroll at the university till their graduation ceremonies. Our goal is to ensure student success at all levels. Among the main academic support services regularly provided by the five units of DASS are: 1) Prepare the strategic plans for each unit and align it with the UoS Strategic Plan 2) Prepare the Policies and Procedures for all operations processes within the admissions, registration, libraries, central labs and career advising and internship training. 3) Provide needed information and files required by accreditation bodies and committees during their periodical and regular visits. 4) Select, test and implement IT solutions and systems including LMS and SIS.
26 5) Setting up the admissions regulations and implement the admission processes, which include admissions criteria, selection and placement of students in various programs. 6) Coordinate with the colleges to set up the admissions capacities. 7) Prepare and maintain and archive students’ grades and records and issues official documents and certificates. 8) Work with the financial planning office to set up the fees, discounts and related fiscal financial plans. 9) Looks after registration process, which include setting up the class schedules and audit the registration operations to make sure that students follow their study plans and graduate on time. 10) Define and maintain processes within the Student Information System (SIS) with Banner and Blackboard. 11) Provide students with study and research resources including textbooks, reference periodicals and online databases of huge collection of journals and periodicals. 12) Manage UoS libraries and study facilities including providing adequate quite study areas within the UoS libraries equipped with adequate IT support and online resources. 13) Oversee the purchase and order of reference textbooks, online databases, periodicals & library software and applications. 14) Supervise, advise and support UoS libraries in their activities and events 15) Manage Lab Space within the university 16) Prepare purchase orders for any kind of equipment needed for labs including research labs and facilities 17) Prepare lab safety training programs, system and manuals. 18) Facilitate internship training for senior students 19) Maintain and review the e-Portal used to facilitate internship training 20) Coordinate with colleges and research institutes on international students exchange programs 21) Organize regular workshop and training on career development and job readiness and employment advising. 22) Facilitate student employment within the university campus. In addition, the Deanship Office is in charge of setting up and running the University of Sharjah Deans Council meetings and writing up the minutes of the council. DASS is also in charge of several key central committees such as the students’ issues committee, special cases committee, academic calendar committee and several ad hoc committees.
27 Admissions Department Ms. Aisha Bukhatir Admission and Registration Building, M11A +9716 505 3738, +9716 505 3724 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org www.sharjah.ac.ae/admission The Admissions Department is the gateway through which students pass to enter their academic and university lives, from the point that they submit their applications to join the University until receiving their academic degrees. The Admissions Department processes the applications for undergraduate admission to all programs offered at all UoS campuses, coordinates with the academic units on admission related issues, and communicates admission decisions to students. Also, it issues IDs to admitted and enrolled students, maintains and updates their personal records, issues and certifies their graduation degrees after completing their studies by the Document Control and Graduation Certificates Section. In addition to the main branch, the Admissions Department looks after all admissions in the branches in Khorfakkan, Kalba, Mileiha, Al Dhaid and Community College. In order to provide the best services to students, parents, graduates and governmental institutions, the Admissions department exerts great efforts to communicate and coordinate with the University's colleges, departments, governmental and private institutions, and relevant universities both inside UAE and abroad. Admissions Department also actively participates in conferences and workshops related to admission, documents, Archiving and graduation certificate control processes such as ARAB ACRAO, and Arab Administrative Development Organization (Specialized Organization Affiliated with the League of Arab States) , as well as organize internal training workshops and participate in external training workshops for staff, in addition to that, it organizes international conferences related to Admission, Documents Control and Archiving such as ARAB ACRAO, also the department consolidate periodical meeting with scholarship institutions to maintain their need upon the university’s role. The Admissions Department has created an administrative structure, which includes technical staff, specialists, and trainers who form a team committed to provide the best services through the Department’s four main sections and Scholarship Office: • Admissions Section (AS). • Scholarship Office.
28 • Documents and Graduation Certificates Control Section (DGCC). • Student Services Offices (SSO). • System Management Section (SMS). These sections perform basic functions that involve all groups of the university’s community including applicants, students, graduates, visitors, parents, faculty and administrators, as each of these groups has its particular needs and requirements. The duties of each section includes the following: Admissions Section 1) Processes all undergraduate applications for admission to the UoS and assist the college of Graduate studies in their Admission process. 2) Response to all applicants and students enquiries and provide the students with the required information about the admission. 3) Prepare and update admission materials and provide information about the admissions policy for the various university’s programs which corresponds with the decisions of the Ministry of Education in UAE. 4) Responsible for managing on line applications, insure; the fulfillment of the admission rules and conditions, create students file, enter student application to the Banner system, and announce the names of accepted students. 5) Communicating with students to complete their application dossier and informing them of admission decisions. 6) Coordinate with the colleges and the University admission committee on admission issues. 7) Participate in the enrollment campaigns and social media. 8) Participate in educational exhibitions locally and internationally to promote for the various University programs and raise the awareness of the admission conditions and regulations of the university. 9) Participate in the University open day for schools. 10) Attract outstanding students academically and behaviorally according to the guidance of the higher administration of the University taking into consideration quality not quantity. 11) Develop, maintain and implement admission procedures in accordance with the general admission policy that is acknowledged by the University and complied with the decisions and instructions of the Ministry of Education in UAE. 12) Organize admission procedures for all academic levels and provide all electronic and technical facilities to improve and update admission procedures. 13) Open direct communication and coordinating with the University’s colleges and departments in addition to governmental and private institutions, relevant universities and sponsoring authorities both inside UAE and
29 abroad in order to provide the best services for Institutions, students, applicants and graduates. 14) Update enrolled student’s personal information in the university Banner system. 15) Update expected to graduates personal information in the Banner system and scanning their documents to be upload to MOE website. 16) Maintain and update student’s personal records before graduation. 17) Electronic Archive for all students files. 18) Participate in the students’ orientation programs. Scholarship Office: 1) Following up scholarship applications for new students. 2) Provide applied and acceptance letter to students and scholarship institutions. 3) Coordinate with Scholarship Institutions regarding the following: a) Providing the latest admission policy and procedures. b) Follow up their candidate’s admission status and required documentations. c) Assist in housing reservation. d) Secure seats reservation. e) Organize periodic meetings to discuss updates related to admission process and procedures. f) Provide statistics and reports of their admitted students. Documents Control and Graduation Certificates Section 1) Students files: • Archive new and enrolled students’ files in a mechanized and fire-proof filing cabinet with electronic door, which contains more than 15000 Student files kept in box files labeled with names and ID numbers and sorted by ID. • Organizing and indexing students’ files and maintaining their documents during their enrollment. • Monitoring the movements of students’ files between the branches and concerned departments. • Archiving students’ academic and personal records and documents, and updating. • Archive original grading sheets that are send inside stamped and sealed envelopes from the registration department. • Save all Graduates students files in admission store.
30 2) Students ID cards: • Design students’ University ID cards for all levels: Diploma, Bachelor, Higher Diploma, Master and PhD. • Scan photos and Issues IDs to all accepted and enrolled students. • Issue international student id discount cards (ISIC) for UoS students. 3) Graduation Certificates: • Approving the templets of the honorary and graduation certificates (attestations and transcripts) from the Dean of Academic Support Services and the Chancellor. • Issuing and printing honorary and graduation certificates for each batch after completing their studies. • Issue and print additional copies of graduation certificates (attestations and official transcripts) and submit them to the graduates. • Apply security criteria for graduation certificates and upgrading the security features and standards periodically. • Ensure the accuracy, integrity and the security of graduates’ academic records. • Scan all graduate’s certificates and archive them electronically. • Arrange all graduate’s certificates in golden envelopes to be ready for submission. • Develop, maintain and implement the procedures of printing graduation certificates in accordance with the general policy that is acknowledged by the University and complied with the decisions and instructions of the Ministry of Education in UAE. 4) Smart Chip: • Upload graduate’s information and their personal documents inside Smart Chips and attach them in the graduation certificate. • Upload the graduate’s information and their personal documents in the Ministry of Education website. 5) Online clearance for withdrawing and graduating students: • Implement, follow up and complete the online withdrawal requests for students before submitting their files. • Save electronic copies of the documents before submitting the files to the withdrawing students. • Follow up and complete the clearance processes for graduate’s students.
31 Student Services Offices • Welcoming students and their parents, and respond to their inquiries. • Maintain a high quality of services to all who comes into contact with the Admission Department, Registration Department and Finance from New, Transfer, Readmit, and Graduate Students. • Help in directing parents and new students to the correct office and respond to queries. • Reply on the department’s emails and phone calls. • Guide the students to apply for the required services electronically. System Management Section • Manage admission-related projects and integrations with other relevant systems. • Manage the Department Systems. • Design, implement and automate information management procedures and customize solutions that are compatible with the Banner System. • Developing, administrating, supporting and providing service management for the department’s sections including: Student Information System (Banner), ID card system, graduation certificate system, smart card system and find creative solutions to improve them. • Compile, analyze and provide valid conclusions from information system data. • Manage student’s personal information data and assist in auditing process through providing cleansing reports. • Generates different type of reports related to admission, student’s personal information, document control and graduates to various University divisions for planning and decision-making purposes. • Provide technical support and train staff on the proper use of information systems and data quality practices. • Setting up the online admission application and the department E - services, work flow and the reporting tools. • Supervise the future technical plan such as: New archiving system (Document Management System), reporting tools, mobile application tool and other creative solutions that will add value to the services provided to our clients. • Supervise the Banner 9 upgrading process.
32 Registration Department Ms. Reem Al Sayed M. Al-Hashmi, Director of the Registration Department Admission and Registration Building, M11A +971 6 5053731 email@example.com www.sharjah.ac.ae/registration The Registration Department is one of the integral administrative entities at the University of Sharjah that is responsible for administering academic processes and monitoring the academic progress of students, which includes: 1) Student Registration: Supervise and manage all administrative and operational functions related to registration for diploma, bachelors, masters and doctorate programs according to the University academic regulations, policies and by-laws. This includes all university branches in Khorfakkan, Kalba, Mileiha, Al Dhaid, and Dibba in addition to the main branch in Sharjah. 2) Academic Records: Ensure the reliability, accuracy, and security of student academic records. This includes the academic records of current students as well as graduated students. 3) Students under Probation: Review and apply decisions on students who are under probation and students who are subject to dismissal. 4) Degrees, Curriculums, and Study Planning: Define new programs, maintain up-to-date study plans and ensure that all degree titles are in compliance with the Ministry of Education accreditation protocols. 5) Class and Final Examination Scheduling: Coordinate with colleges to offer the required courses and sections for newly admitted, continuous, and expected to graduate students and prepare final examination schedules to ensure proper utilization and efficient use of classrooms and resources. 6) Graduation: Nominate students for graduation after verifying their graduation requirements, provide internal and external parties with the lists of students expected to graduate, and apply graduation decisions and dates of completion on students' records. 7) Transcripts, Verifications and Letters of Enrollment: Issue official documents for current and prior students studying at the University of Sharjah. These documents include academic transcripts, verifications and to whom it may concern letters. 8) Scholarship Services: Facilitate the procedures of sponsored students by coordinating among students and their sponsors, funding agencies, authorities and consulate attaché and ensure effective implementation of the rules and regulations provided by them. 9) Student Information System Management: Provide clear, accurate and concise technical audit and review reports to support quality assurance
33 processes at the Registration Department and ensure that Students Information System (SIS) Database is well defined, regularly and timely updated and properly secured including access policies and procedure, report extraction and definition of statistical parameters. 10) Information and Statistics: Provide routine as well as upon-request statistical reports to support management in decision-making. Provide reports to colleges on issues related to teaching and learning, academic advising, funding and scholarship, graduating students and alumni. 11) Training and Staff Development: Provide sufficient training for employees in the Registration Department, in colleges and in different branches to produce tangible results, support daily tasks and accelerate work. Conduct awareness and advising seminars to faculty staff, admin assistants and students on bylaws and registration instructions. 12) Research and Development: Participate in research related to teaching and learning, which is based on data available in SIS database and take part in conferences and workshops related to improving registration processes. The Registration Department uses the “BANNER” Students Information System to implement academic processes and maintain student records. Students and faculty have Banner personal secured accounts to access relevant records, courses, schedules, grades, etc. The main office of the Registration Department is located in (M11A) behind the University’s Main Administration Building. Registration operations for the Medical Colleges are handled by the department branch located in building M25 within the Medical Campus. Registration staff are also present at the University branches in Khorfakkan, Kalba and Al Dhaid as well as in the Community College centers. For registration procedures, online services, deadlines and related issues please refer to the Registration section in this Catalog or visit: http://www.sharjah.ac.ae/registration UoS Libraries Mrs. Nadia Masoud, Director of Libraries Main campus, Building M16 – First floor +971 6 5057188 firstname.lastname@example.org http://library.sharjah.ac.ae/libraries The University of Sharjah Libraries provide students and faculty with resources and services they need to succeed in their educational and research undertakings. Resources are housed in eleven attractive, state-of-the-art library buildings occupying more than 30,000 square meters of space on the main
34 campus and at satellite branches. The buildings offer users ample study and computing common areas; halls for meetings, seminars and conferences; classrooms; faculty development centers; prayer rooms; and executive meeting rooms. The Libraries provide knowledge based and up to date information resources to support academic programs and research activities. With a diversified collection that includes 320,000 books, 150,000 E-books, 62 Online Databases, 60,000 Electronic Journals, 1,600,000 full text Theses and Dissertations, UoS libraries are considered one of the most comprehensive libraries in the region. To provide anytime / anywhere access to resources, the libraries emphasize electronic resources acquisition. The large majority of online resources available are the best worldwide, such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, IEEE, Emerald, Clinical Key, EBSCO, JSTOR, SciFinder, Cochrane Library, UpToDate, and others. UoS libraries continuously develop and improve library resources and services in response to changes and emergent needs; participate proactively in the enrichment of the educational experience; improve information technology and multimedia assets; repurpose available space to accommodate the changing library role; improve community outreach and branding; improve administrative structure and the commitment to due process. Organization of Materials Library resources are organized in accordance with International standards and best practices. All print resources, except medical and health science materials, are arranged on shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification. Medical resources are engendered according to the National Library of Medicine classification. Latest MARC21 formats and standards are used to build bibliographic databases. “The Library Homepage” is the main gateway to get information about UoS libraries and to access the electronic resources 24/7. To enhance the use of library resources and to ease the search process, a discovery tool was obtained that search all full text library resources along with the OPAC at once. Off-campus access to our electronic resources is offered to faculty and students through the RemoteX software. Research citations can be prepared by using “Refworks citation manager”. Electronic books and journals are retrievable through E-books and E-Journals Portals, in addition to many tools that help the researchers reach information on books and journals. Librarians were found to provide a wide variety of services that fulfill faculty and students’ needs. Services include reference services, book-iPad-laptop loans,