Spring 2007 Vol. V, No. 3
Technology @ AUB: A Research Revolution
Developing the Middle Easts Future Technical Elite: 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 tomorrows technical elite. The Collaborative Information Technology Program for Education and Research (CITPER) is a Joint European Project funded by the European Commissions TEMPUS program. The project is a collaborative effort between AUBS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Technische Universität München (Germany), the University of Southampton (United Kingdom), and Siemens AG (Germany). The project has already achieved one of its objectivesthe establishment of 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, spoke at length to MainGate
about the program and its prospects in the Middle East. Kayssi noted that
since ICT (information and communication technology) 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 management, hardware/firmware engineering, network development,
and project management. AUBs ICT graduates will be well positioned
to compete globally in this market.
industry. Faculty members affiliated with the program have
already started discussions with companies such as Siemens, Ericsson,
Nokia, IBM, and Microsoft. Such ties could lead to both internships and
employment opportunities for AUB students in the future.