PSUT introduces "Data Science" program, the first of its kind in Jordan
In response to PSUT’s pioneering role in specialized education, in addition to the University’s excellent approach, the Higher Education Council has decided to introduce a Master’s program in Data Science. The program, the first of its kind in Jordan, will start being taught at the beginning of the academic year 2017/2018. This step comes in line with rising global demand that seeks to attract graduates of the highest international standards specializing in IT fields such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, who also possess additional capabilities in data analysis and knowledge development. This will have a positive impact on raising status of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, improving university output, and smoothing the way for qualifying graduates to enter the local and international labor market easily.
This Data Science program draws on factors from the three Schools, the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, the King Abdullah II School of Engineering and the King Talal School of Business Technology, to combine the fields of Computer Science, Statistics, Big Data and Data Engineering, totaling 34 credit hours, with the student choosing to write and defend a thesis, or undergo a comprehensive examination.
The University’s President, Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai stated that PSUT is working to develop new programs that integrate technology with the fields of Knowledge and Data. A study was made of similar and related programs currently available at international universities, many of which started with the development of specific programs in the field of Data Science within the family of Computer Science specializations.
The Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Prof. Arafat Awajan, explained that the specialization’s academic plan is founded on the basis of a study that was completed to identify the needs of the labor market globally, regionally and locally, in which a number of officials from major companies and institutions participated. The program will enable students to deal with Big Data, develop knowledge and analyze data statistically, helping to make decisions in a precise and scientific manner.
The King Hussein School of Computing Sciences offers three Bachelor's programs (Computer Science, Computer Graphics and Animation, Software Engineering) and three Master's programs (Computer Science, Information Systems Security and Digital Criminology, and Enterprise Systems Engineering in cooperation with the German Jordanian University). A number of waves of students have already graduated from the Bachelor's programs and two of the Master's programs (Computer Science, Information Security and Digital Crimes). PSUT has also recently added a PhD program in Computer Science. All of the laboratories at the University have been updated at the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences in the last few years, and the University's computerized systems have been transferred to the HP Cloud System.