I have to admit that when I joined AUS 13 years ago, I was quite skeptical about the university. While faculty profiles were impressive and campus looked spectacular, it was still a young university with minimal track record. In particular, I was uncertain about the rigorousness of the program and whether the school will challenge my thinking or rather be a piece of cake. Backed by my father’s willing to make this substantial investment in me, I took this expensive bet. As I started my studies, those myths got debunked very quickly; I found myself scrambling to solve a homework or prepare a presentation; courses were demanding, and student intellectual level exceeded my expectations. What really made my education, though, was not academics but student life. With over 90 nationalities on campus, there is a unique mosaic of students, and AUS did a great job at encouraging us to connect with each other. Furthermore, AUS taught me that success in life goes beyond than getting an A in a course and extends to people skills, communication skills, and attitude. AUS taught me not only to understand diversity but also embrace it and win at it. Now, I have to admit that studying at AUS has been one of the most important decision I made in my life and its legacy will continue to impact my thinking. Very few places in the Middle East can match this kind of experience.
“Engineers are problem solvers”. I will never forget this first line I learnt as a freshman who had just enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering many moons ago.
Engineering is far more than learning the technical knowledge; it’s about building the analytical skills of the solution thinking process: identifying the problem, its root-cause, and the impact it’s causing. Colleting the facts, studying the variables, and creating a risk mitigation plan. Examining the approach that would work best, and building the blueprint that solves the problem to reach a desired outcome. All too often while also working within strict time and resource constraints; teaching you to accept a certain margin of calculated error.
Engineers often emerge as the victorious in the most complex situations. It’s no coincidence then that a vast number of the successful executives and CXOs I’ve met have engineering backgrounds; many in computer science & computer engineering. I’m currently employed as a Technology Solution Architect, and my main job is to solve problems by understanding a client’s business requirement and translating it into a technical solution to achieve a desired objective; and my degree in CSE continues to play an invaluable role in my life every day.
What I liked most about this school is that the student interests always come first. When I first arrived the administrative team was very helpful and took care of my needs. The school has academic staff with high qualifications who try their best to graduate great generations. The syllabus is well organized to directly assist achieving the program objectives.
Since my first semester at AUS, CSE has proven to be the most active department on campus. In this department, I was privileged to meet many creative friends professors, win many competitions, and design very innovative projects. I am very grateful for my time that I spent as a member of this family, and I will always remain proud to be a CSE alumnus.
I can positively say that the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the American University of Sharjah has made me a better thinker, problem solver and visioner. The Faculty members are really helpful and they are always looking out for their students. During my three years of study as a COE undergrad student at AUS, I have learned a lot about hardware, software and networking which gave me the fundamentals of Computer Engineering and allowed me later on to build on this knowledge which empowered me to compete in different hackathons and programming competitions. Not to mention that, the CSE community is very supportive, joyful and motivating. Majoring in Computer Engineering at AUS is one of the best choices I have ever made in my life.
Despite the stress of all the quizzes, projects, labs and midterms, the CSE family still continues to be the biggest source of support and motivation for me and all of its students. This department is easily the most homogeneous and united family in all of engineering, and I’m very glad to be a part of it.
In my opinion, the CSE department is one of the best departments. The professors are always available in their offices to offer their help in any doubt that students are facing. At first, I was uncertain about choosing Computer Engineering to be my major, but after meeting with the head of the department, Dr.Fadi Aloul, I decided to choose computer engineering to be my major. All the thanks to Dr. Fadi for the huge role he played at guiding and convincing me to major in Computer Engineering. The balance between theoretical and practical teaching was enough to get the essential knowledge and skills, which prepares us for real-life applications of Computer Engineering. I have also had many great experiences within its campus, whether it was working a long night in the lab, working on projects related to computer courses, attending a social event, or even organizing events as a student club member. Lastly, a big thank you to the whole CSE department.
The CSE department is one of the first departments to become its own sort of brand within AUS. For the first time the department’s professors and students are leading initiatives towards change and innovation. The effect of this leadership isn't just limited to CEN & AUS, but also causing a ripple effect in the IT industry in MENA.
Before joining AUS, I had my doubts regarding what I wanted to do in the future. I enrolled in the CSE department with skepticism and fear. However, I can gladly say that after three years in AUS all my doubts have been put to rest thanks to the CSE faculty and students. The CSE family continues to challenge me and encourage me to plan better, to think larger, to do better and dream bigger.
From my experience, I can confirm that the CSE department is the best department in the AUS. Each course had a well-prepared inspiring instructor, each lab was a unique unforgettable experience, and the recent changes in the department couldn't be more promising. I am more than pleased to experience this greatness!
Choosing to study Computer Science at AUS was a life changing experience and a very enlightening one for me. The variety of well-prepared and highly demanding Computer Science and Engineering courses taught by our expert faculty members have definitely impacted the way I think and solve problems that I encounter on a daily basis. Now, I can affirm that I have successfully acquired many key skills including communication, presentation and leadership. Most importantly, I believe that my degree in Computer Science from AUS will play a vital role in helping me realize my goals, ambitions and career aspirations for the future.