The Faculty of Information Technology was founded at the beginning of the University's establishment in 1994 in response to the urgent need of qualified university graduates in the various computer majors. The Faculty has four academic departments: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, and Internet Technology, all of which are English-language instructed. The faculty has a number of faculty members of different academic ranks. The number of staff-members is 32, assisted by 15 administrative members. The number of students enrolled in the first semester of the academic year 2018-2019 is about 726 students for the bachelor's degree , and the number of master's students in the fields of computer science and software engineering is (21) students.
The Faculty grants a bachelor's degree in its specialties after the student completes (132) credit hours with a cumulative average of not less than (60%). It also grants a Master's Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering.
Departments and Programs
The Faculty currently consists of four academic departments:
Department of Computer Science:
The department began working with the beginning of the establishment of the university as it provides the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the field of programming, the use of computer networks, and the development of computer systems.
Department of Software Engineering:
This specialization was founded in the University in 2002/2003. The department trains and qualifies its students on the correct bases and methodologies for developing software systems, including the use of correct and appropriate tools to ensure the quality and reliability of the system in order to avoid software errors that may cause a lot of losses. This field is commonly known to specialists, and the specialized is known as a software engineer.
Department of Computer Information Systems:
This department was established in the academic year 2008/2009, as it graduates trained, qualified, and knowledgeable people in everything related to the development and maintenance of information systems. This includes: the process of collecting, storing, retrieving, and disseminating information, in addition to Information systems infrastructure.
Department of Internet Technology:
The current development in the use of the Internet created new markets and is accompanied by an increase in the demand for graduates with skills related to this technology, and therefore the University decided to establish the Department of Internet technology from the beginning of the academic year 2010/2011. The department seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to develop efficient and effective Internet applications. The department also seeks to address the lack of practical skills required by the labor markets in the field of information technology and the Internet by providing the students with the means that qualify them for this purpose.
The achievements of the Faculty since its establishment are as follows:
The Faculty established the Arab International Conference on Information Technology in 2000, which is held annually in one of the Arab universities. It is held 16 times to date. The University hosts its General Secretariat. The Faculty supervises the follow-up of its sessions in the various Arab universities.
The Faculty supervises The Arab International Journal of Information Technology that has been published since 2003 and is the official publication of the Arab Universities Union in Information Technology. It has been ranked in more than fourteen international indexing institutions. The most famous of these are Thomson.
Zarqa University was chosen as the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Association of Faculties of Computers and Information of the Union of Arab Universities. The Faculty oversees the activities of this association.
The Faculty began in 2010/2011 a graduate program (master) in computer science.
The Faculty began in 2017/2016 a graduate program (Master) in Software Engineering.
One of the most important future aspirations in the Faculty of Information Technology is to establish new disciplines in the bachelor's degree.