General and Admission Information – Department of Information Technology

Rationale

Needless to say, in today’s global world, competitiveness of a nation depends on the qualification and professional preparation of its citizens and hence much emphasis is given to the development of well qualified human resource at all sectors, organizations and activities of the world. This situation is pressing the educational systems in general and higher education systems in particular to explore better ways and means of scaling up and speeding up their production schemes to meet the huge contemporary demands. What is more, higher learning institutions already involved in computing education and research are facing additional challenges due to the fast pace of development and breathtaking changes taking place in the field. The current computing job market both at the international and national levels requires skilled and knowledgeable specialists, advisors, educators, and researchers well equipped with current trends of computing and have the ability to discover and learn advances in the field.

As a computing discipline, Information Technology (IT) is an enormously vibrant field that emerged at the end of the last century as our society experienced a fundamental change from an industrial society to an “information society”. It mainly started as a grassroots response to the practical every day computer technology needs of business and other organizations. Information Technology (IT) has revolutionized our daily life in many ways. Especially in the developed world, it is virtually impossible for individuals to avoid IT in their day to day activities. Whether they are aware about it or not, they are using IT and other computer related technologies when they make a bank deposit or withdrawal, while shopping in supermarkets, and even when they drive their car. IT is the main enabler for organizations by automating their day to day activities, maximize their profit and minimizing wastage of resource.

The Ethiopian government has already identified IT as a distinguishing imperative in the effort to tackle the unprecedented challenge posed by an all-round transformation process underway in the country. There is now, more than ever, increased awareness and serious commitment at the political level that embracing and developing IT will help: beat poverty, offer new jobs, new business opportunities, and a higher standard of living for all segments of our society, regardless of age, location or walk of life; accelerate the transformation through democratization and good governance; and improve global competitiveness. Decades ago, it was not easy for individuals to possess computers. But today, with the dramatic decline of the cost of hardware, the cost of computers is becoming affordable most individuals own computers even in the developing countries like Ethiopia but few people possess the require combination of knowledge and skill of utilizing computers and computer systems properly. Therefore, people must learn and acquire the required knowledge and skills about IT and computing technology in general if they are going to harness the full potential of computing to their advantage.

Degree programs in Information Technology arose because degree programs in the other computing disciplines were not producing enough graduates to satisfy the growing needs of needs of various organizations. IT programs exist to produce graduates who possess the right combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to take care of both an organization’s Information Technology infrastructure and the people who use it.

Admission

Admissions to all regular undergraduate programs in MIT will consider the results of a student in Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Exam, MIT entrance exam and preparatory school transcript. Admissions to the Continuing Education Program (CEP) are processed through the institute’s registrar office based on the criteria set by Mekelle University.

Program Requirements

Examination Requirements

At the end of each semester, the student sits for Final Exams of the courses he/she has attended (minimum 90% for lectures and tutorials, 100% for practical exercises). A student shall pass the examinations for all the courses. But, laboratory exercise related exams are left up to the course delivery methods of the instructor.

Graduation Requirements

As per the requirements in the university legislation.

Degree Nomenclature

After successful completion of all the requirements a student graduating from the program of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology will be entitled to earn a degree in:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology

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