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.
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.
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!