The BSc (Hons) Information Technology and Computing (ITC) programme is being offered by the Faculty of Information Technology and Computing (FITC) at the Arab Open University (AOU) since the year 2002. This programme is offered by AOU in partnership with the Open University (OU), UK. Presently, the ITC programme is offered to students in 8 Middle Eastern country branches including Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan. The ITC programme is a validated programme, it was initially validated in the year 2003 and it has been revalidated twice, in the year 2007 and again in the year 2012, by the Open University Validation Services (OUVS), UK (currently known as the Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP).The structure of the 360 points of core courses is based on the OU, UK program structure for an honors degree and the majority of the core courses have been licensed from our partner institute i.e. the OU, UK. Hence the contents of the majority of our core courses have been developed by the OU, UK and these courses have also been validated at the OU, UK itself.
AOU’s course material is adapted from the courses taught in a similar program at the Open University, UK. Our graduates will be awarded two Honors degrees: one from the Open University in UK and the other from one of our local branches in Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon Oman or Sudan.
The IT Sector is constantly evolving. Companies in many Middle Eastern countries, e.g. Kuwait are now seeking individuals who have outstanding technical skills from a well-known and recognized academic institution. The ITC programme at AOU can support an individual to realize his goals in attaining top-notch education which will equip him with relevant qualifications and help in building the skills of the individual. The degree that we offer at AOU is carefully structured to satisfy the needs of the Arab local market.
The ITC programme provides the following 4 pathways of study to students based on the core courses specialization:
- Information Technology and Computing (ITC) Pathway
- Computing (C) Pathway
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Pathway
- Computing with Business (CwB) Pathway
The structure of the ITC programme consists of 360 points of core courses of study. Additionally, students have to complete 110 points of University and Faculty requirement courses for a total of 470 points of study in order to be eligible for the award of the BSc (Hons) ITC degree.
The ITC programme at AOU is unique in the way in which it provides individuals with the technical qualifications required to work in any of the below mentioned areas of specialization:
- Software development
- Systems analysis and design
- Network administration
- Multimedia development
- Technical support
- Client support
- Helpdesk operation