The School of IT (SOIT) at Skyline university is a young and vibrant school offering an accredited bachelor of Information Technology program (BSIT) with a concentration in Enterprise Computing. SOIT was established in 2017 as an independent School of IT and currently enrolls around 400 students from different nationalities.
SOIT includes the latest facilities and best learning resources; Computer Labs, Robotics, Digital Labs, Innovation Center, convenient library with hundreds of online books and journals.
With a team of highly qualified faculty members, SOIT applies the best teaching and learning pedagogies along with the latest teaching methods including Systemic, Constructivist, Collaborative approaches. Faculty members are also encouraged to apply different methods of learning such project-based, competition-based, research based, and flip classroom methods.
With its online learning capabilities which include Moodle LMS, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, virtual lab tools, and the content development and multi-media facilities, SOIT was ready to deliver its courses online without any interruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will continue to offer students the best of resources for online learning. A number of SCORM compatible courses have been developed as a result of the collaboration of SOIT and the Learning Resources Division and are readily available for use by students.
Students can benefit from the certification program where professional training and certification are integrated with a selected number of courses. There are currently more than fifteen different certifications for students to choose from. The school of IT has a subscription of Pearson Labs, where the entire material of courses are available for students including text books, study material, and exercises. Students are also encouraged to participate in curricula and non-curricula activities, seminars, workshops, competitions, and conferences. Students at SOIT can Join the IEEE student chapter, and can benefit from the numerous activities, seminars, and training courses. They are also encouraged to present their projects and novel ideas at the innovation and entrepreneurial center with full support from the administration of Skyline University.
SOIT continuously updates its curriculum to make sure it is always in line with latest Ministry of Education Standards and requirements. An annual program review is accomplished by SOIT and Quality Assurance office to assure that all programs follow the Ministry Accreditation Commission Guidelines, International Accreditation bodies such as ABET, UAE Vision initiatives, industry needs and latest advancements in technology, in addition to local and international needs and initiatives. SOIT is currently seeking to offer new concentrations that include FINTECH, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Engineering.
In the past few years, SOIT has been focusing on scientific research and innovation. A research policy has been approved which aims at boosting quality research by providing faculty members with generous sponsorship, incentives, and rewards. Faculty members are also encouraged to share their research with students in class to motivate them to undertake research in the future. A long-term research strategy has been developed by the research department and has been shared with the different schools at Skyline University that takes every aspect of research into consideration including publication, conferences, innovation and entrepreneurship, patenting, social responsibilities and priorities, collaboration with top institutions, and participation in joint projects.
In conclusion, the School of IT is an energetic entity of Skyline University that works hard to offer its constituents with best quality services with a clear mission that is achieved through the development of sound academic IT programs, following well defined continuous improvement procedures, development of well-rounded and competent graduates who are ready to serve their community, and through maintaining collaboration channels with industry as well as national and international research and academic institutions.