The digital revolution is changing the world as we know it, and largely in real time. From healthcare and hospitality to trade and tourism, technology is shaping industries across the board and, with it, expanding the need for skilled talent.
Here in the UAE, Universities based in Dubai International Academic City have been witnessing a consistent rise in students enrolling into expert-led IT programmes over the past decade.
Whether it's management information systems, IT or cybersecurity, there is a compelling case for anyone interested in learning about – and helping to shape – the systems upholding the world we live in.
Here are a few of the expert-led courses and programmes at these universities right here in Dubai that can help students get a head start in the future digital economy.
Bachelor of Information Technology: Management Information Systems at University of Wollongong in Dubai
Management information systems (MIS) is a broad-ranging area of study, encompassing technology, people, organizations and the links between them. The MIS-qualified professional's role is a crucial one in any modern corporation, as they are responsible for helping maximize ROI that goes into personnel, equipment and processes.
UOWD's Bachelor of Business Information Systems (BBIS) programme is ideally suited for anyone interested in developing, implementing and managing large-scale information systems in a range of business scenarios.
BSc Honors Information Technology at Middlesex University Dubai
IT is the lifeblood of the body of modern society. Technology is the foundation of our lives, whether you're calling an Uber, sending an email or streaming a film – IT underpins everything electronic in today's world.
The BSc IT programme at Middlesex helps students to develop a core set of transferable skills as well as a strong background in professional ethics. While hands-on work in modern labs helps illustrate theory, the university's links with Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle, SAP and Cisco provides access to the latest equipment, specialist teaching materials and workshops.
BSc Information Systems & Management at Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Software developer, systems manager, web developer, e-commerce manager – a formal education in information systems opens a lot of doors, whether in the tech department of a well-established corporation or as part of the thrilling journey of an agile young start-up. A solid grasp of MIS will give you the tools required to strategically implement, analyze and control a range of modern systems, including business software. The three-year undergraduate programme at Manipal preps the next generation of technology managers to lead enterprises in innovative ways.
Bachelor of Science – Business Information Systems at Murdoch University Dubai
Information that companies use to manage themselves effectively – that's a simple overview of what business information systems provide, primarily based on computer systems and technology. While hardware, software, data and procedures related to design, development and documentation are crucial, people matter too.
Organisations of all kinds depend on the design, implementation and management of their business information systems to take advantage of opportunities and find creative solutions, and that's what this Murdoch University Dubai degree aims to provide.
BSc in Cybersecurity at Curtin University Dubai
As IT and technology play an increasingly crucial role in our personal and professional lives, so too does the importance of cybersecurity. Whether it's a smartphone operating system, cloud server or employee data, good cybersecurity is essential for corporations, governments and personal lives to properly function.
Curtin University's Cyber Security programme will provide learning on many aspects of the subject, including securing hardware, networks, operating systems and data. Students will learn about data encryption, cyber forensics and network intrusion detection by working on real-life case studies, which ensures that you have the knowledge and experience by the time you graduate.
BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) by Heriot Watt
As technology continues to grow increasingly influential in our day-to-day lives, a computer science degree is a highly sought-after qualification. When you factor in a specialization in artificial intelligence, not only will students learn software development but will also help them get to grips with the underlying concepts related to machine learning, data mining and – fascinatingly – biologically inspired computation.
Heriot Watt's four-year programme equips graduates to enter software houses, IT companies, R&D divisions of companies, fintech firms, defence contractors and government IT departments, as well as research departments within universities.
Birmingham University Computer Science (BSc)
This comprehensive three-year programme combines analytical knowledge and technical skills as you research and develop software solutions to real-world problems. Students can also take advantage of Birmingham University's strong links with global companies such as Goldman Sachs, BAE Systems, PwC, IMB, Google, Expedia, Rolls-Royce, Morgan Stanley and Vodafone.
Teaching is joint between academics in both the Dubai and Edgbaston campuses. Students also have the opportunity to interact and work alongside students at the UK while studying at our Dubai campus.
BSc Information Technology at Amity University
This three-year BSc programme provides in-depth knowledge in building information databases, networks, software development and testing, and programming.
With state-of-the-art labs and infrastructure, the programme goes beyond the technical, also covering computational, cognitive and social subjects – including the study of the social impact of information technologies.
Programming, web design and software design are all skills students develop during this course, and all are useful when starting an IT business, freelance or consultation service.
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