The College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) Wednesday announced international re-accreditation of its four Information Technology programmes as certified by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS).
CNA-Q's IT programmes have been awarded a three-year CIPS re-accreditation for 2018 – 2020, according to a statement. This designation acknowledges that the college’s educational programmes help students meet the demands of the Computing and Information Systems profession internationally.
Completion of the accredited computer information systems programmes will assist graduates in pursuing the Information Systems Professional (ISP) designation.
“The accreditation is an affirmation of the quality of CNA-Q’s curriculum, the soundness of its pedagogy and delivery, the caliber of CNA-Q’s faculty, and the physical, human and institutional supports in place to ensure a successful programme and exceptionally prepared IT professionals who are ready to meet Qatar’s information and communication technology needs,” said CNA-Q vice president, academic, Dr Samah Gamar.
Receiving the CIPS international accreditation provides an objective verification that CNA-Q delivering quality programmes that meet the needs of Qatar’s workplace and also prepare students for the next stage in their educational journey, she said.
“As our IT programmes experience impressive enrollment growth, over 30% in the past three years, this re-accreditation is yet another testament to CNA-Q’s unique differentiators – concise, high quality, in demand programs that lead to real profession,” the vice-president added.
The School of Information Technology offers four programmes that are customised to meet the needs of employers in Qatar. The first two-year diploma programmes in Information Systems – Hardware and Software, were designed in consultation with industry stakeholders in 2008. An additional year of study was introduced in 2012, adding two new three year Network and Systems Administration and Web Developer diploma credentials.
Gerald Caissy, chair of CIPS’s Information Systems and Technology Accreditation Council, visited Doha to celebrate the college’s success and bestow the re-accreditation. He said that curriculum is at the heart of an accreditation review and CNA-Q’s curriculum is exceptionally designed and excellently executed through experiential methods. “The CNA-Q learning community benefits from both a strong faculty and a resource infrastructure that is supportive of a positive cultural, social, and academic environment," he said.
CIPS is a professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies since the 1950s. CIPS provides a code of ethics for members, upholds standards of certification of members, and encourages educational program accreditation.
The CIPS accreditation was first granted to CNA-Q in 2015 after rigorous reviews of curriculum, assessments of faculty credentials and deployed infrastructure, and interviews with students, alumni, and industry stakeholders.
There are a total of 27 programmes at CNA-Q that are internationally accredited in the IT, Business Studies, Health Sciences, and Engineering Technology fields.