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Alhosn University hosts software engineering day

Event aims to raise awareness of software engineering and encourage co-operation with local government and enterprise

Abu Dhabi’s Alhosn University hosted a Software Engineering Information Day last week, to promote the benefits of software engineering to a range of invitees, and to encourage better collaboration with the university.

The event brought together government officials, professionals and managers from various fields including communication, energy, health, HR, and IT, to discuss trends and competencies in software engineering.

The university also asked participants to join its Industry Advisory Board (IAB), which will help develop the curriculum of the Software Engineering Department, to ensure that graduates have the skills to meet local market requirements.

Dr Amin Haj-Ali, the Chair of the Department of Software Engineering, Alhosn University, said: “The Gulf’s ICT sector is one of the few industries that continue to perform strongly amidst today’s difficult economic conditions. Even more growth is expected towards 2012, as the region’s nations seek to transform themselves into knowledge-based economies. Today’s activities will help us move our software engineering programs into the right direction to fully support the expected expansion of this important industry. The event is an opportunity to discuss long term partnerships with our guests.”

“There is a strong demand for innovative software development across the Gulf and the broader Middle East, especially in growth areas such as outsourced IT services. Through our talks with our guests, we can identify specific industry and government requirements from software engineering professionals, the challenges faced by the discipline, and potential solutions. This will help us refine our department’s curriculum so that what we teach is both timely and relevant,” he added.