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Dean's Welcome

Warm welcome to College of Computing and Informatics, University of Sharjah (UoS).
It is my great honor and pleasure to be the founding dean of this college. University of Sharjah is a highly reputed comprehensive university with both regional and international reach.
 
The aim of founding the college isto fulfil 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, to offer emerging and state-of-the-art programs at the University of Sharjah to serve the UAE's national agenda. This an agenda that stresses on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, smart cities and systems, machine learning, computing and IT applications in all areas of national, social and scientific development, including the knowledge economy, health care, the environment.
 
Computing and informatics are critical for any nation hoping to succeed in the era of digital economy. The strength of the college is its programs, resources, and people. I am pleased to be working with a host of outstanding faculty, students, staff and members of the Advisory Board, who make our college and institution a world class center of academic excellence.

We, in the College of Computing and Informatics, and the UoS as a whole, constantly seek excellence. This is because we believe that the societal and economic challenges taking place due to ICT technologies and their impact on our lives are so important that we must provide the highest standards of education, learning, discovery, investigation and analysis. As a community of use-inspired computing and informatics educators and scholars, we are capable of the deep, broad, and concerted efforts in education and research activities that will be required for any nation to succeed in this millennium and in this digital economy and Internet era.
Currently, the college is comprised of  three departments: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems.

We also offer a number of graduate programs that include M.Sc.  Computer Engineering, M.Sc. Computer Science, and M.Sc. Business Information Systems. The College offers a doctoral program in electrical and computer engineering jointly with the College of Engineering. We also plan to offer snother doctoral program in computer science.

New programs that are in the planning stage at present include: M.Sc. Biomedical and Health Informatics, M.Sc. Cybersecurity, M.Sc. Data Science, B.Sc. Cyber Security Engineering, B.Sc. Data Science and B.Sc. Software Engineering.

These are vital programs for any nation that seeks to have a place in today's digital economy and entrepreneurship. We are committed to producing graduates well prepared to join the job market and pursue further studies locally or internationally.

At the College of Computing and Informatics, we educate the next generation of computing and informatics workforce in the emerging and highly demanded disciplines that will power the engines of the digital sciences and economy. We offer conventional programs with a modern perspective in such areas as computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and management information systems. Additionally, we offer emerging advanced programs that focus on areas of national, regional and international significance like cybersecurity engineering, data science, software engineering and biomedical and health informatics.

Our faulty conduct cutting edge research with their research teams. This research work exposes our students to technology innovations that push these disciplines to new heights. As the world moves towards the 4th Industrial Revolution (4.0)  of artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, data science, and autonomous systems that is expected to have remarkable economic impact and improve the human condition and life in ways that we really cannot even envisage, the College of Computing and Informatics at UoS is confident in its ability to become a national, regional and international leader in education and research and development in all of these vital disciplines.

Our faculty have attracted extensive research funding from the government and industry. Their research has been published in top-ranking peer-reviewed international journals, conference proceedings and books. In addition, they actively engaged in such activities as conference organization, conference program committee membership, editorship of international journals, among others. A number of our faculty have received distinguished world awards for their technical leadership and service to the profession.
 
We are proud of all our  students. Their enthusiasm, commitment and the quality they bring to our national, regional and economic competitiveness prompts employers to compete to hire them.

Both the college and University are supportive of students' learning and research. As dedicated scholars and educators we are concerned with both research and learning. Our teaching and research laboratories are furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. Moreover, we offer quality student advising coaching and tutorship.

Our undergraduate computer science and computer engineering programs are ABET accredited. To add, our forthcoming undergraduate programs are being designed to be ABET compliant. This puts our programs on par with the standards of highly recognized institutions, especially with those in USA and Canada. Here at the College of Computing and Informatics, we improve minds, ignite curiosity, hone skills, create technologies, and delineate the promise of tomorrow.

We cordially invite you to visit our college and feel free to contact our office with any queries. For specific program-related questions, please contact the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director. Please feel free to come visit us and find out what prospects we can present you as a potential student; what talents you can find among our students as an employer; or share your achievements as a graduate. You are also welcome to explore with us how we can expedite collaborations either in research or education. We are always open to dialogue on any issues related to the improvement of our programs and will try to make these matters equally stimulating to you.
 

Mohammad S. Obaidat, Ph.D.
Founding Dean and Professor
Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of SCS
Past President of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, SCS
Inductee of SCS Hall of Fame-Life Achievement Award
Recipient of Technical Achievement Award, IEEE ComSoc-Technical Committee on Communications Software
mobaidat@sharjah.ac.ae; msobaidat@gmail.com