Department of Computer Science and Engineering | American University of Sharjah

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We are committed to educating our students to the highest international standards so that they can compete successfully in the global marketplace.
Dr. Imran Zualkernan

I would like to welcome you to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at American University of Sharjah (AUS).

CSE offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCoE)

All three programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division. In addition, both our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). According to the 2022 QS Subject Rankings, our computer science and computer engineering programs are ranked #3 in the UAE and #1 in the Northern Emirates.

Our goal is to provide our students with an amazing educational experience to help them achieve their long-term goals. Our curriculum is continuously upgraded to meet need of the changing world. We use hands-on laboratories to enrich the students’ experience. Our students often work on industry-sponsored graduation projects. All students are required to do an industry internship before graduation.

The current CSE curriculum is crafted from the three pillars of artificial intelligence, data science and smart cities, with courses related to the following areas:

  • sensors and Internet of Things
  • IOS and Android mobile applications development
  • cyber physical systems
  • communication and computer networks
  • cloud computing
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning and data mining
  • neural networks and deep learning
  • high-performance computing using CPUs and GPUs
  • cyber security and blockchain
  • operating systems and databases
  • virtual and augmented reality
  • computer graphics
  • biomedical imagining and robotics

Located in the new Engineering and Sciences Building, our department has state-of-the-art smart classrooms and labs, including more than 10 labs related to hardware, software and networking. We also use various smart digital services to improve students’ learning and university experience, including electronic advising and attendance monitoring.

CSE currently has a total of 15 full-time faculty, seven lab instructors and an administrative assistant. Twelve of the 15 members obtained their PhDs from leading universities in the US and Canada, with three receiving their degrees from leading universities in UK and Europe. Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds and have the required knowledge and expertise in their respective fields of specialization to deliver a quality education. Most faculty have prior industry and teaching experience in the US, Canada or elsewhere. All our lab instructors have a master's degree. Our faculty have received prestigious awards such as the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC)/Airbus Diversity Award, Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers, AUS Excellence in Teaching and Research Awards, AUS Excellence in Lab Instruction Award, Sheikh Khalifa - UAE's President - Award for Higher Education (an award given annually to one faculty from all UAE universities for excellence in teaching, research and service), Sheikh Rashid's Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, and the IBM faculty Research Grant Award.

We have a diverse student body that consists of over 800 students representing more than 40 nationalities. We are proud to have a high percentage of female students (about 35 percent) in our programs.

Our graduates are highly employable and are employed by local and multinational companies in UAE and abroad. Examples include Etisalat, Du, HPE, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, GE, Accenture, Emirates Airlines, Dell EMC, Thuraya, MBC, HTC, Astro Labs, Fujitso, Schlumberger, Amazon, Dubai Islamic Bank, Petrofac, Xerox, Baker Hughes and Nielsen. In addition, the following local universities and governmental agencies have employed our graduates: University of Sharjah, American University of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi University, Khalifa University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Smart Government, Injazat, Town Planning and Survey Authority, Telecommunication Regularity Authority, Road and Transportation Authority, Bee'ah, Prime Minister's Office, Free Zone Authority, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Expo 2020, Dubai Parks, UAE Council of Scientists, Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai Police, Sharjah Police, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the UAE Cabinet, Ministry of Justice, UAE Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, Yahsat and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.

Many of our graduates are also enrolled in and have completed graduate programs at prominent universities in North America and Europe including Stanford University, Oxford University, Columbia University, Iowa State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Toronto, Missouri University of Science and Technology, McGill University, Carleton University, Concordia University, University of Ottawa and University College London.

We encourage entrepreneurship, and some of our graduates have started their own companies, such as, Global Invisions Group, Keno, Aebiss, Tayar, CG-Interactive and DanaTek.

Our students regularly win awards and compete in international competitions and hackathons including the AUS Awards for Excellence in Graduate Studies, Sandooq Al Watan Research Award, Sharjah Islamic Bank Annual Student Research Award, Microsoft's Imagine Cup, ACM/Gulf Programming Contest, IEEE UAE Student Day, Cyber Quest Security Competition, GE DigiNation Hackathon, Accenture Hackathon, KPMG Innovation and Collaboration Challenge Competition, Dubai Police Capture the Flag Cyber Security Challenge, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Hackathon, MBRSC Space Hackathon Challenge, Mobile Application Contest and Emirates Think Science Competition.

We provide undergraduate research experiences, and our undergraduate and graduate students regularly publish in top journals and conferences.

Finally, the department provides many well-recognized industry certification programs including Cisco, HP, Red Hat, Amazon AWS, IBM, SAP and VMware.

Please feel free to explore our website to learn more about our programs. If you would like to drop by for a visit, we would be happy to show you around.

Imran Zualkernan, PhD
Professor and Interim Department Head



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Alaa Youssef

From my experience, I can confirm that the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is the best department at AUS. Each course had a well-prepared, inspiring instructor,  each lab was a unique unforgettable experience, and the recent changes in the department couldn't be more promising. I am more than pleased to experience this greatness!

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Muhammad Yaseen

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the first departments to become its own sort of brand within AUS. The department’s professors and students are leading initiatives towards change and innovation.The effect of this leadership isn't just limited to CEN and AUS, but also causing a ripple effect in the IT industry in MENA.

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Ali Nahle

“Engineers are problem solvers.” I will never forget this first line I learned as a freshman who had just enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program many moons ago.

Engineering is far more than learning the technical knowledge; it’s about building the analytical skills of the solution-thinking process: identifying the problem, its root-cause, and the impact it’s causing. It's about collecting the facts, studying the variables and creating a risk mitigation plan. It includes examining the approach that would work best and building the blueprint that solves the problem to reach a desired outcome. All too often, it is requires working within strict time and resource constraints, teaching you to accept a certain margin of calculated error.

Engineers often emerge as the victorious in the most complex situations. It’s no coincidence then that a vast number of the successful executives and CxOs I’ve met have engineering backgrounds, many in computer science and computer engineering. I’m currently employed as a technology solution architect, and my main job is to solve problems by understanding a client’s business requirement and translating it into a technical solution to achieve a desired objective. My degree from AUS continues to play an invaluable role in my life every day.

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Jafar Mohammad Shunnar

I have to admit that when I joined AUS 13 years ago, I was quite skeptical about the university. While faculty profiles were impressive and the campus looked spectacular, it was still a young university with minimal track record. In particular, I was uncertain about the rigorousness of the program and whether the school would challenge my thinking or rather be a piece of cake. Backed by my father’s willing to make this substantial investment in me, I took this expensive bet. As I started my studies, those myths got debunked very quickly; I found myself scrambling to complete homework or prepare a presentation; courses were demanding, and the students' intellectual level exceeded my expectations. What really made my education, though, was not academics but student life. With over 90 nationalities on campus, there is a unique mosaic of students, and AUS did a great job of encouraging us to connect with each other. Furthermore, AUS taught me that success in life goes beyond getting an A in a course and extends to people skills, communication skills and attitude. AUS taught me not only to understand diversity but also embrace it and win at it. Now, I have to admit that studying at AUS has been one of the most important decisions I made in my life, and its legacy will continue to impact my thinking. Very few places in the Middle East can match this kind of experience.

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Sameer Alawnah

What I liked most about this school is that the student interests always come first. When I first arrived, the administrative team was very helpful and took care of my needs. The school has academic staff with high qualifications who try their best to graduate great generations. The syllabus is well organized to directly assist achieving the program objectives.

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