Become a Center of Excellence in Computer Science and Engineering education and R&D, thus enhance the realization of science and technology-led national development.
Offer high quality education, undertake advanced R&D programs, and deliver dependable community services in Computer Science and Engineering.
Computing has dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, business, and many other areas of human endeavor. In today’s world, nearly everyone needs to use computers, and many will want to study computing in some form. Computing will continue to present challenging career opportunities, and those who work in computing will have a crucial role in shaping the future. With this understanding, the Ethiopian Government has made the development of information and communications technology (ICT) as one of its strategic priorities. The Government has recognized that ICT is the key driver and facilitator for transforming Ethiopia’s predominantly subsistence-agriculture economy and society into an information- and knowledge-based economy and society, effectively integrated into the global economy. However, the ICT policy has clearly indicated that currently the country has limited telecommunications network, lack of skilled human resources coupled with low ICT literacy, low level of Internet service and poor connectivity, underdeveloped physical and telecommunications infrastructure, underdeveloped market for computer hardware – and software products aggravated by high cost of acquisition, lack of organized data and information resources, and poor accessibility to those that exist. To address these, the government is taking measures with focus on infrastructure and human resources development. To support the efforts of the government in addressing some of the challenges it faces in rolling-out its ICT for development agenda, MIT has an undergraduate degree program in Computer Science and Engineering. The program is required to prepare students for a world where the field of computing plays an increasingly major roles, such as designing and building hardware and software systems for a wide range of purposes; processing, structuring, and managing various kinds of information; doing scientific studies using computers; making computer systems behave intelligently; creating and using communications and entertainment media; finding and gathering information relevant to any particular purpose, and so on.
Nomenclature of the Under Graduate Curriculum
The Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate program awards Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. It will be completed in five years.
Selection criteria for the undergraduate degree program consider:
- (a) scores achieved on the Ethiopian General Secondary Education Examination (20%),
- (b) the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Qualification Examination (EHEEQE) (40%), and
- (c) the Institute’s Entrance Exam (40%). Applicants with a minimum of 400/700 points on the EHEEQE will be allowed to sit for the Institute’s Entrance Exam.
Instructional methods that engage students in a lot of minds-on and hands-on activities will be employed. Moreover, lesson activities will be designed to keep all students at work all the time. Ideas, concepts, principles, and theories as well as procedures, protocols, techniques, and tools learned in these courses will be supported with extensive practical education to help graduates take career jobs in various industries employing knowledge, skills, techniques, and tools in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, and chemical engineering.
Assessment and Evaluation
Courses in the Computer Science & Engineering program are placed in two categories: (a) lecture courses and (b) lecture/lab courses. Thus, assessment and evaluation approaches have to be selected accordingly.
(a) Lecture courses: Every lesson of a ‘lecture only’ course includes several activities to be scored and counted into the final grading. The assessment and evaluation methods, and the values of each method are given as follows: Class works/Occasional quizzes (four or more) (10 points), Homework assignments (four or more) (10 points), one Midterm exam (30 points each), one Project (10 points), and Final comprehensive exam (40 points), totaling 100 points.
(b) Lecture/lab courses: Lecture/lab courses carry 3- or 4-credit hours. A 3-credit hour lecture/lab course is divided into two hours lecture and three hours lab (practical) session a week. Similarly, a 4-credit hour lecture/lab course is offered as three hours lecture and three hours lab (practical) session a week. In a 3-credit hour lecture/lab course, the lecture and lab lessons carry 65% and 35% values into the total grade, respectively. Whereas, in a 4-credit hour lecture/lab course, the lecture and lab lessons carry 70% and 30% values into the total grade, respectively. The assessment and evaluation methods for the lecture component are similar to that of ‘lecture only’ courses above. On the other hand, the assessment of the lab part is based on: Class works/Occasional quizzes (four or more) (15 points), Lab reports (50 points), Project (10 points), & End-of-course written exam (25 points), totaling 100 points.
Prospective graduates of the Computer Science & Engineering undergraduate program should take a minimum of 174 credit hours, securing a minimum CGPA of 2.00 with no ‘F’ grades.