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HTU to develop two degree programs due to ‘growing demand’

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AMMAN — Al-Hussein Technical University (HTU) announced on Tuesday it intends to develop two new degree programs, a BSc in Cybersecurity and a BSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, during a press conference at the university’s headquarters in King Hussein Business Park.اضافة اعلان

According to Ismaiel Al-Hinti, the university’s president, "the university has realized the importance of the two degrees, in addition to the growing demand for them,” especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“HTU always strives to keep pace with technology’s rapid development.”
Hinti stressed that the university's mission is to serve Jordanian youth, enhance technical education in Jordan, and align higher education outputs with the “real-world” requirements of the labor market.

In another context, Hinti stated in remarks to Jordan News that expanding the university’s master’s program “is not a priority,” but that instead “we want, at this stage, is to guarantee that all of our graduates find jobs quickly.”

“We do not want to contribute in the raise of unemployment in Jordan — on the contrary, we want to be a part of solving this dilemma as soon as possible,” he concluded.

For his part, Dean of HTU’s School of Computing and Informatics Huthaifa Al-Omari stressed that "the future jobs of cybersecurity are truly required.”

Omari said in this context that a degree like data science and artificial intelligence “is one of the most important branches of computer science.”

Cybersecurity's concerned with protecting data, computer systems, and networks from electronic attacks,” he said, adding that its importance stems from the ubiquity of computerized services, “and the emergence of technologies such as smartphones, in addition to the development of cyber-attacks.”

Bashar Al-Hawamdeh, the Information and Communications Technology Association chairman, said that "the university opened the doors for the private sector to participate in strengthening the technical education system."

Hawamdeh, a private-sector representative, added that "the association has contributed, since the establishment of the university, to evaluating study plans and reviewing them periodically."

According to the association chairman, the disciplines of cybersecurity and data science and artificial intelligence are very important to the business and industry sector.

"Countries around the world have paid great attention to the study of these two disciplines, due to their significant role in economic development, increasing job opportunities, and reducing unemployment rates among young people,” he contended.

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