The Faculty of Informatics was established first as Department of Computer Science in 2000 enrolling a total of 147 students in certificate and 12+2 diploma programs in the regular and extension divisions. Following the new training and education policy of the country, the Department started implementing the TVET curriculum in both level III, and level IV and in the 2004/5 Academic Year, the launched the Undergraduate Degree Program in Computer Science. In the year 2005/6, the Department was raised to the level of faculty and named as Faculty of Informatics. So far, the Faculty has graduated thousands of students with Diploma and Degree.
The vision of the Faculty is to become a nationally recognized student-centered faculty which:
- Provides education of the highest quality for all of its students.
- Provides state-of-the-art facilities.
- Promotes partnerships with industry and community and fosters high-quality scholarly research.
- Equipping graduates with the knowledge and expertise that help them contribute significantly to the information industry and continue to grow professionally.
- Establishing partnership with local and international entities in education and research.
- Engaging both faculty and students in scholarly research activities.
- Nurturing interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills of graduates so that they may provide vision and leadership within the information industry’s diverse culture.
The mission of the Faculty is to produce competent, innovative and skilled manpower by way of:
Under graduate Programs
The Faculty currently runs the following undergraduate programs:
1. BSc Degree in Computing Science
2. BSc in information technology (IT)
3. MSc in computer Science
The Faculty integrates conceptual knowledge and technical skills through the encouragement of its academic staff and students to regularly use the computer laboratories. Students are offered regular project works and cooperative training to help them translate the theory they acquire in classrooms into practice.
Resources and Facilities
Students can use the resources in the library. They are allowed to check out resources for on-the-spot reading purposes or can borrow books for home use. There are 13 computer laboratories with 25 PCs each on average, which students can easily access for practice. Every PC is connected through the LAN of the University. There is broad band internet connectivity which enables students to browse information from the Internet sites to support their learning. Students with laptops supporting wireless connection have unlimited free access to the Internet. Moreover, students can also get Internet services with a nominal fee at the internet cafe.
The University has an independent ICT Development and Support Unit that supports the Faculty.
Duration of study
The Degree Programs run for Four years in the regular and five years in the extension divisions.
The Faculty develops need-based trainings and offers trainings in the areas of Application Software Development, Programming, Web Development, Networking, and PC Maintenance and Troubleshooting. We prepare and conduct employee screening exams and offer such services as Web-Based Application Development, Network Installation and Configuration, and PC Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Post Graduate Program in Computer Science
The main goal of the program is to provide advanced-level knowledge and skill in the current theory and technology of Computer Science in a way that graduates can solve problems existing in the country. It focuses on areas that are most relevant to the needs of the country and include advanced-level issues in the following areas: software engineering and language technologies.
An applicant to be admitted into the MSc program in Computer Science at St. Mary’s University must have a BSc degree from a recognized institution in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software engineering, Computer Engineering and related fields.