Computer science is getting more and more embedded in day-to-day life and will impact human beings in more ways in the coming days, Dr Michael Trick, the new dean of Carnegie Mellon University Qatar (CMU-Q), said.
“This is not a bubble as happened in early 2000. It is fundamentally changing how business is done,” he explained to Gulf Times recently,
“You look at autonomous vehicles or recommendation systems, every aspect of our lives is being changed by computer science. This is the way the world will be changing. I think it is going to have fundamental effects on all sorts of economies and those that support and embrace it, and educate people in it will do best. For this, you need companies and an entrepreneurial systems to make it happen,” the specialist in computational methods observed.
Dr Trick highlighted that cybersecurity is one of the key issues all over the world and Carnegie Mellon University is one of the best in computer science programmes.
“Cybersecurity is a major issue for world governments and we are very strong in computer science and information system. By strengthening our link back to the Pittsburgh researchers, we bring together the best of what is happening there to Qatar,” he highlighted.
Dr Trick felt that CMU-Q can do more things in co-operation and collaboration with Hamad Bin Khalifa University, in terms of graduate programmes, as well as in co-operation with the other universities in the Education City on some kind of cross-campus programmes. “I think this is the natural next transition for Education City. A lot of us came in to answer the question of whether we could run our programmes in Doha at the same quality as we do back in the US. And the answer is yes, clearly we can. The next step now is making it more a cohesive university, through cross-registration, joint programmes, joint courses.”
According to the official, CMU-Q is always getting integrated with the local culture and traditions.
“When we do education here, it is clearly within the local culture. We have things that reflect the local cultural needs, and in that sense, CMU gets strengthened. It is important that what we learn here goes back to the US. The US is also becoming more multicultural and the things that we learn here do help,” he added.
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