The Division of ICT at HBKU is committed to perform outstanding research and provide unique educational and training programs in the broad areas of Computer Science, Advanced Computing and Engineering. It offers graduate programs at the Master levels in the areas of Cybersecurity, Data Science and Engineering as well as PhD in Computer Science and Engineering.
These programs have been designed to provide students with a comprehensive and state-of-the-art training within the CSE, producing knowledgeable researchers, entrepreneurs and leaders who are experts of contemporary methods, tools and technologies in computer science and engineering.
This will contribute to building a knowledge-based economy, helping diversify the country’s economy and contributing to a stable and sustainable business environment, which is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. It is believed students graduating from our program will be prepared to lead our society in innovation and entrepreneurship in the ICT sector.
The field of Information and Computing Technology has had a profound impact on industry, commerce and society over the last 2-3 decades. ICT is a fundamental discipline training future innovators and industry leaders, addressing challenging research problems, supporting important applications, and offering strong opportunities for business development.
Innovations from ICT have contributed to reshaping our modern society and have supported much of the world’s high-tech economy. Internet, wireless communications, smart phones, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Big data, software engineering, fiber optic communications, medical imaging systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), computer vision, computer graphics, smart grid and smart water pipes and digital multimedia are just very few of the many technologies arising from ICT. According to a 2014 report by the Association of Computing Machines (ACM), computing is the most in-demand amongst Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career options for the foreseeable future.
Ground breaking changes and revolution arising from technological development have become a hallmark of ICT. In Qatar, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, private and public investment in ICT has been increasing rapidly, to 2.1 billion US dollars in 2010. ICT firms see Qatar as a potential technology hub and want to invest in the country, according to numerous market research studies. Hence, it is critically important that Qatar establishes itself in ICT, which is of special significance and relevance to key technologies for the 21st century and its research will be vital to the solution of the significant problems facing society.