Prof. Suleiman Mustafa, Dean
The Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Sciences (FITACS) was founded in the year 2002/2003, through his Majesty's initiative in support of the information and communication technology sector (ICT). The establishment of FITACS came as a needed step towards coping with the vast and fast developments in the IT sector and in response to the huge demand for information technology studies.
The Jordanian society, like most of the world's nations, pursued higher education in this area to satisfy the market demand for such expertise and to deliver the foundation for the needed workforce for such development.
FITACS seeks to be recognized for its ability to graduate information technology professionals who aim for serving the community and leverage the Jordanian workforce with IT knowledge and skills needed for sustainable development. It views its graduates as being in a leading position to bridge the gap between the university and the Jordanian community. Building its competency upon qualified faculty and staff, the faculty seeks to be one of the national outlets for research and community service.
The Faculty’s mission is to integrate three main dimensions that are vital to the educational area: teaching and learning excellence combined with prestigious and rigorous research for serving the Jordanian community. Our mission is to provide the community with competent and relevant graduates at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. With a changing discipline, our graduates should fill the gap between the ICT sector and community needs. Also, research in the ICT sector is a crucial factor in supporting economy, especially in an IT adaptive society. Thus, through teaching and research we serve our local and regional community by utilizing the maximum return of financial and human resources. The Faculty encourages and facilitates communication between faculty members, students, and management. An important objective of the IT faculty is to bridge the gap between the ICT sector needs and the academic human output. One of the aspects in this regard is the practical portion of the curriculum where the need is towards more of practical courses or practical aspects in the majority of courses.
FITACS consists of three departments: Department of Computer Sciences (CS), Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS), and Department of Management Information Systems (MIS).
The Department of Computer Science forms the core of the establishment of the Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Science, which had been established at the Faculty of Science starting in 1980 as the first Department that gives the degree of Bachelor in Computer Science at the level of Jordan. Upon its establishment, the Faculty added two departments which are computer information systems department and the Department of Management Information Systems.
Each department provides specialized programs leading to the bachelor’s degree. The Faculty also offers three graduate programs; one leading to the M.Sc. in Computer Science, the second leads to the M.Sc. in Computer Information Systems and the third leads to the M.Sc. in Management Information Systems. As with bachelor’s program in computer sciences, the Master’s program in Computer science was the first of its kind in Jordan when it started in the year 2000/2001.
Starting from the 2005/2006 academic year, the faculty began offering a diploma of education in information and communication technology program in collaboration with the University of Inholand in the Netherlands. Which is directed to the school teachers in Jordan, and is being implemented through the ChangeAgent for Arab Development and Education Reform (CADER) established by the University in collaboration with some universities and some Dutch companies operating in the field of information technology. This Program has won the prize of HRH Prince Hassan for Scientific Excellence, which is concerned to promote scientific activity of excellence in institutions concerned with training and education.
The number of undergraduate students who are studying at different departments of the Faculty is (1973) students, distributed as follows: Department of Computer Science (647), Department of Computer Information Systems (762) and the Department of Information Systems Management (564). In the Masters degree programs, the number of students enrolled in master's degree in the faculty is (217) male and female students, distributed as follows: Masters Program in Computer Science (60) students, master's program in Computer Information Systems (99) male and female students and the Masters program in Management Information Systems (58) students.
The Faculty has (57) faculty members, of whom (26) of a PhD, (31) master's degree holders and teaching assistants. There is also in Faculty (25) engineers, technicians and technical assistants to oversee the laboratories and computerized administration of examinations for Faculty and university.
The faculty also includes (25) computer labs equipped with (804) computers, including the necessary software that students need, plus a range of specialized laboratories such as multimedia lab and parallel processing lab, Oracle lab, Software Engineering Lab with rational software. The faculty is willing to develop new laboratories within the projects financed by the World Bank, such as laboratory of software solutions and Web services.
Since its inception the Faculty has been able to get (or contribute to the access) on many projects, including: Parallel Processing Lab, Multimedia Lab, Centre project parallel processing, draft Mediterranean University (MedNetU), the draft Education Diploma in Information Technology and Communication in conjunction with the University of Inholand, and the "transfer of multimedia projects as one of the European Community (Tempus). In the same context, the Faculty has signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Granada in Spain as a strategic partner within the European Community projects (Tempus).
The IT Faculty also sought to sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Delmon/ Bahrain, whereby the implementation of the curriculum of a bachelor's degree as described and is based at the University of Yarmouk. Delmon University is committed to the implementation of programs under the Memorandum in accordance with the approved plans of study in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Yarmouk. The technical committee of the University of Yarmouk to supervise the implementation of these programs and ensure compliance with the legislation in force at the University of Yarmouk.
The faculty has a range of scientific activities, including: the establishment of the science week of the Faculty of Information Technology, for three days during the month of May which includes a presentation of equipment and technologies by a group of companies, as a number of experts to lay down a series of lectures on topics of interest to students and faculty. The Faculty also hosted the seventh International Arab Conference for Information Technology, Yarmouk University in Rehab at the end of 2006.
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