January 21, 2015
The vision of the United Arab Emirates University has always stressed technological and human development as the foundation for sustained progress and prosperity. The college of Information Technology is highly committed to educational innovation and effectiveness in order to permit a fruitful capitalization upon critical; advances in global knowledge.With the endorsement of Dr. Shyama Al Kobaisi, the CIT dean, a collaborative initiative was established with the CDS-Eng group in the University of Western in Canada and Digital Engagement Xperience (DEX) to engage in a mutual collaboration that fulfills the goals and objectives of Software Construction.Upon this initiative and under the supervision of Dr. AbdulMutalib Wahaishi; the graduate students had the opportunity to be involved in experiencing hands-on training by applying new engineering principles, processes, and methodologies in developing software systems while utilizing stat-of the art third-party platforms, new design paradigms, development and engineering management tools. During the course’s journey, students were involved with external expert designers, architects and developers through video conferencing and internet-based sessions. The goal of this new trend of knowledge and collaborative learning and education transformation was to facilitate pedagogy by using the state-of-art available technologies and new approaches and initiatives. It is noteworthy that this unique novel trend has allowed the CIT students to exhibit new methods and practices that goes beyond traditional ways of learning and knowledge delivery. The strong partnership and external collaboration with DEX allowed students to keep pace with the latest development in science and technology. In the presence of the dean, and CIT prominent faculty members the graduate students have presented their creative and innovative work. The event was opened by a distinguished talk by Professor Hamada Ghenniwa, the CEO and President of DEX, and the Director of CDS-EnG. He shared his vision of innovation of “smart technologies” and their impact on revolutionize and improving the ways of “engagement” among people, businesses organizations and communities, it lays the foundation for the true IoT coming soon in 2020.