Muscat, As part of the continuous efforts to

review and improve its academic programs, Sultan Qaboos University

(SQU) today organized a workshop on the Future of Computing

Programs at the University. This workshop was aimed at providing a

platform for debating with the academic colleges and departments

offering computing programs, local stakeholders and invited

international experts the different restructuring options and their

associated strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges.

The workshop was held under the patronage of Dr. Ali bin Saud

al-Bimani, Vice Chancellor of SQU in the presence of invited local

stakeholders and representatives from government and private

organizations with strong ties to the SQU computing programs. Invited

international speakers came from National University of Singapore,

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals-Saudi Arabia, Qatar

University and Carnegie Mellon University-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,

USA. From each of the three colleges of Science, Engineering, and

Economics & Political Science at SQU, deans, heads of departments

concerned, assistant deans and five faculty members participated in

the workshop.

The University reviews and restructure its academic programs

based on the global trends to meet the growing needs of the local

society. Information and Communication Technology is a major area in

the economy of any society. Oman's 2040 future vision calls for

preparing all mechanisms and policies to cope with the Fourth

Industrial Revolution. As part of its efforts to respond to these global

and local needs, SQU is studying the restructuring of its academic

programs and departments in the different fields of computing. The

restructuring aims to offer better opportunities for the graduates and to

inject specialized work force in the job market to meet the growing

needs of the local society and to be in line with the global trends in

these fields.

Prof. Amer bin Ali al-Rowas, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for

Academic Affairs and Community Service, in his opening remarks, said

that SQU has always emphasized academic program review as a

culture and as a regular practice. SQU regularly reviews its academic

programs to ensure alignment with labor market needs, to respond to

current and future development plans and to make its programs in line

with the latest relevant scientific developments. SQU is very keen on

engaging stakeholders and partners and involving them in Department

and College Advisory Boards, and on conducting regular surveys for

stakeholders' views and input, he added.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor further said that academically, the

University is working on making all its programs accredited by

specialized international accreditation agencies. The University is also

getting its academic programs reviewed by external experts to ensure

these programs keep abreast with the best international practices in

program development.

The University offers three programs in the area of computing.

These are: Computer Science Program in the College of Science,

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program in the College of

Engineering, and Information Systems Program in the College of

Economics and Political Science. These three programs have been on

offer since the early years of the University and many students have

graduated from them having the knowledge and skills required by the

labor market. These graduates have been effectively contributing to

Oman's national development plans.

Today, we are very grateful for your participation in this workshop in

which we will work together to discuss these programs to enable them

to meet the latest international developments and practices in this area.

The aim is to make these programs meet the ever-changing market

demands, Prof Amer said.

Source: Oman News Agency