As part of Sharjah University's keenness to provide modern and high-quality subjects to students and professors and provide them with appropriate methods that meet the requirements of education, Sharjah University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Cisco International, signed by Prof. Sharif Sedki, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Cisco International, signed by Shukri Eid, Executive Director of the Gulf States at Cisco Middle East, with the aim of strengthening cooperation within cisco's "Academy Program" to provide digital educational materials on the University's students' internet. Including web support and providing students and teachers with the possibility of receiving training in computer networks.
The memorandum of understanding provides for enhanced cooperation in the Academy Program, which attracts people with the skills, knowledge to design, build and maintain computer networks, by providing schools, colleges, universities and educational institutions with the possibility of integrating the curriculum into computer networks developed by Cisco, where the agreement provides for the expansion of this program for college students and professors at Sharjah University to support the educational process, and provides for cooperation between the two parties through the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development at University of Sharjah to conduct training and training programs for trainers.
At the beginning of the meeting, Prof. Sherif Sedki, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Sharjah University, welcomed the attendance and expressed his happiness at the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Sharjah University and Cisco International, which will strengthen joint cooperation to serve the educational process, students, scientific research and innovative projects that support the strategic plan of the University of Sharjah, which is one of the most important pillars of the service and development of the community and put the student at the priority of the educational process, and the development and use of the latest teaching methods, and confirmed that cooperation with Cisco in the "Academy Program" will provide students with tools necessary to enhance their skills and their ability to adapt to the requirements of teaching and learning.
For his part, Dr. Salah Tahir Al Hajj, Deputy Director of the University for Community Affairs at Sharjah University, stated the university's keenness to strengthen such strategic partnerships with local and international companies and institutions in the UAE, explaining that Sharjah University is the first in the service of society at the level of universities of the United Arab Emirates, in addition to its keenness to provide all possibilities, consultations, programs, training courses and project development, the most important of which is the Sharjah Oasis of Technology and Innovation project, which his Highness the Governor of Sharjah (God bless him and his patrons) laid the foundation for research. Applied science to produce new technologies and innovations by providing an environment conducive to creativity and innovation in collaboration with highly experienced institutions.
Prof. Mohammed Obaidat, Dean of College of Computing and Informatics, also praised the cooperation between the College representing the University of Sharjah and Cisco as an industry leader in their domain.
Prof. Obaidat also pointed out that despite the novelty of the CCI, it has ranked first in computer science in the UAE according to the classification of the famous Times International Higher Education Foundation and this is the first time that a major at the University of Sharjah has received the first place in the UAE level and this indicates the quality of programs in the college and the efficiency of faculty and administrative staff, quality of outputs, graduates, international and regional reputation of programs and the percentage of recruitment of graduates and the quantity, quality and impact of scientific research for faculty members in the college.
He also noted that the cooperation between the College of Computing and Informatics and Cisco has been going on for some time since Ms. Zeina Al Saadi of Cisco is a member of the College's Advisory Board.
He noted that the idea of the MOU came during the last meeting of the Advisory Board of the College chaired by HE Sheikh Fahem Al Qasimi, where it was presented by the Dean of the College during the meeting and seconded by Ms. Zeina.
Prof. Obaidat said the college recently submitted eight new programs to the Ministry of Education- Commission Academic Accreditation (CAA) for approval in the areas of cybersecurity engineering, industrial intelligence, medical informatics, e-commerce, business systems analysis, robotics engineering, modeling engineering and simulation. It also submitted 3 more programs for approval by the UoS Board of Trustees.