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Initiatives & Activities College of Computer & Information Sciences

17 December 2017


College of Computer & Information Sciences (CCIS) at Prince Sultan University (PSU) with its commitment to uphold and positively contribute to the workforce of KSA. Our strategic objective focuses on developing youth skills and leverage them effectively. Working towards achieving this objective the College has conducted several activities, organized lectures, and training on campus.
CCIS invited Moaz Al Sibaai, Director, National Transformation Program (NTP) for SAP to present a talk on Digital Government to PSU on 1st Nov 2017. Moaz is a digital strategist with 20+ years of experience working with leading international technology providers, financial services, and telecom companies, both in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Over 50 faculty from all departments at PSU attended the talk. The talk emphasized Digitization as one of the key enabler’s to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 Pillars and introduced the concept of the digital nervous system which intelligently connects people, things, and businesses and is a driver for Digital economy, Digital society and eventually a Digital Nation.
IBM, Industrial academic partner of CCIS was invited to host a Cloud Day on 16th Oct 2017 at Prince Sultan University and during a four hour session with our students introduced IBM’s cloud platform which supports several programming languages and services as well as integrated DevOps to build, run, deploy and manage applications on the cloud. Over 50 students attended and received their certificates from IBM. The college is focused on establishing positive values and build the independent personality of its students thus providing them with knowledge and skills to meet the future needs of the labor market.

CCIS faculty who attended IBM train the trainer program in April 2017 now have access to the KSA skills Academy portal which has been developed by IBM in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for ''ICT Human Capital Development Program'' under the framework of The National Transformation Program after a through employment needs assessment.

Eight of our faculty revived the IBM Master award:

Business Process Analyst            Dr. Ahmed Sameh, Ms. Roohi Jan              

Security Intelligence Analyst      Dr. Iman AlMomani, Dr. Mohammed Zarour

Predictive Analytics Modeler     Dr. Sarab Muhaidib, Dr.Souad Larabi,

                                                      Dr. Shareefa Ghonaim, Ms. Hind Alaskar

The college also hosted Dr. Stefan Weidner, Managing Director of Very Large Business Application Lab and Executive Director of SAP University Competence Center (UCC) Magdeburg, Germany would visit Prince Sultan University (PSU) on 30th November 2017. Agenda for his visit included meeting with college research committee, key note speech on “How to make things smart?” and providing hands-on training to faculty from CCIS. During the visit Stefan emphasized on smartness of things in today's societies and economies highlighting underlying IT concepts and trends such as Internet of things, in-memory and graph computing. He also presented practical examples co-innovation projects between academia and industry showing new ways to develop and leverage relevant skills for digital transformation." 
The college would continue to take up all opportunities to enrich experiences of its faculty and students by strengthening relationships with its industrial academic partners in order to address key challenges to advancing research, innovation, and technological development.