The Faculty of Information Technology was established at the beginning of the university's establishment in the year 1994 in response to the urgent need of the society for qualified graduates in various technological specialties. The faculty worked to prepare scientific cadres specialized in the field of information technology to supply the market with it. The faculty includes five academic departments: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Internet Technology, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, all of which rely on the English language in teaching. The department includes a number faculty members of various academic ranks, and it also includes administrators such as the head of the office, the secretariat of the faculty and departments, and a group of supervisors and technicians working in computer laboratories, in addition to the clerks and secretaries of the Office of the General Secretariat of the Faculty of Computers Association, whose subordination and staff belong to the faculty administration.
The faculty grants the first university degree in its programs offered at the bachelor's level after the student successfully completes (132) credit hours and that his cumulative average is not less than (60%), and the university degree is also granted at the master's level in the two programs of computer science and software engineering.
The faculty has nine computer laboratories equipped with the latest scientific equipment and techniques for students of information technology, and one of these laboratories is equipped for research and postgraduate studies with advanced laptops.
Departments and Programs
The faculty currently consists of five academic departments:
Department of Computer Science:
The department started working with the beginning of the establishment of the university and it aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the field of programming and the use of computer networks, and the development of computer systems and artificial intelligence, and this department offers two academic programs, as it offers a computer science program at the bachelor's level since the establishment of the faculty in 1996, and began offering a master's program in computer science since the academic year 2010/2011.
Department of Software Engineering:
The department began working in the academic year 2002/2003, and it trains and qualifies its students on the correct foundations and methodologies for developing software systems, including the use of correct and appropriate tools to ensure the quality and reliability of computer systems in order to avoid software errors that may cause many losses. Specialists have become acquainted with naming this field of knowledge in software engineering, and naming the specialist in this field as a software engineer. This department has been offering the software engineering program at the bachelor's level since its inception, and it has started offering a master's program in software engineering since the academic year 2016/2017.
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 department started working in the academic year 2010/2011. It offers an Internet technology program at the bachelor's level. The current development in the use of the Internet has created new markets, which has led to an increase in the demand for graduates with skills related to this technology. This program seeks to provide students with the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to develop efficient and effective Internet applications, in addition to addressing the lack of necessary practical skills required by the labor market in the field of information technology and the Internet by providing students with the capabilities that qualify them for this purpose.
Department of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence:
Zarqa University was one of the leading universities in the field of introducing a special program for artificial intelligence at the bachelor's level, as the university was the second among Jordanian universities to introduce this program, which began in connection with the Department of Computer Science since the beginning of the academic year 2019/2020.
In response to what the world is witnessing today of important and remarkable developments in this field, the Higher Education Accreditation Authority issued a decision to form a special family "Department of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence" at the end of the academic year 2019/2020, so the Faculty of Information Technology created this department directly at the beginning of the first semester of the academic year 2020/2021, to offer a data science and artificial intelligence program at the bachelor's level.
The study plan for this program has been prepared after a comprehensive study of artificial intelligence plans in foreign universities and consideration of the most widespread applications of artificial intelligence in the world, as the plan enables the student to build smart systems that can be used in various areas of life.
The achievements of the Faculty since its establishment are as follows:
- The Faculty supervises the International Arab Journal of Information Technology (IAJIT), which is an international scientific, peer-reviewed, indexed, and periodical journal issued by Zarqa University in Jordan. It is a journal specializing in the field of information technology, and it issues six issues per year in English. It has been accredited as an official scientific journal for the Association of Faculties of Computers and Information emanating from the Federation of Arab Universities after its permanent headquarters was hosted at Zarqa University in 2007, and the Arab International Journal of Information Technology indexed by 14 international institutions, the most important of which is Clarivate Analytics, which is considered one of the most important and largest operating institutions. In the field of indexing scientific journals, it includes under its umbrella dozens of institutions that publish information. The magazine has an Impact Factor since 2010, noting that it is the only scientific journal in Jordan indexed by this international institution.
The Arab International Conference on Information Technology (ACIT) is a scientific refereed conference specialized in the field of information technology. It is held annually in December of every year in one of the Arab universities, and it emanates in all its bodies from the Association of Faculties of Computers and Information, which is based at Zarqa University in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as a permanent headquarters for its general secretariat.
- The first session of the conference was at Zarqa Private University in Jordan in 2000, and then it was hosted since that date in many Jordanian and Arab universities. The last session of the conference was in its twenty-first session at Misr University for Science and Technology - Egypt, from 28-30/11/2020.
- Zarqa University has been chosen to be the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Association of Faculties of Computers and Information emanating from the Association of Arab Universities, and the faculty oversees all the activities of this association.
- The Faculty obtained a quality certificate in the academic year 2019/2020, and it is looking forward to obtaining a distinguished classification for its academic programs at the level of the Kingdom, the Arab world, and the globe.