Fall 2006 Vol. V, No. 1
Feature articles: e-Europe Ahead: The CITPER Project
Zahra Hankir '06
Bring the American University of Beirut, international businesses, and European Union partner institutions together, and they will introduce you to tomorrow's global technical elite. The Collaborative Information Technology Program for Education and Research (CITPER) is developing graduate information technology curricula in the Middle East. One of its many objectives is to introduce a two-year Information and Communications Technology (ICT) graduate program at AUB, which began in fall 2006.
Ayman Kayssi, member of CITPER and chair of the Electrical and Computer
Engineering (ECE) Department at AUB, spoke at length to MainGate about
the program and its prospects in the Middle East. Kayssi noted that since
ICT in the region is still in its early stages, there is "a lot of
potential [for it here]. If you look at the studies that are being conducted
concerning what kinds of jobs or job sectors are growing the most around
the world, you will see that ICT related jobs are among the top jobs listed."
These jobs include data managing, hardware/firmware engineering, NET developing,
and project managing. AUB's ICT graduates will be well positioned to compete
globally in this market.
in the program. Siemens' products are geared towards meeting the needs
of industrial and infrastructure companies that use ICT, so the company
has a good deal of ICT know-how. According to Kayssi, Siemens plays an
important role in CITPER because it is "bringing its expertise and
an industrial viewpoint
it identified the business requirement as
an important aspect of the program." Indeed, since the three other
partners in the program are universities, Siemens contributes a practical,
CITPER is a Joint European Project funded by the European Commission's
Trans-European Mobility Scheme for University Studies (TEMPUS) program.
It is a collaborative effort between the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering (ECE) at AUB, Technische Universität München
(TUM, Germany), the University of Southampton (United Kingdom), and Siemens
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