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Introduction

Albania is an energetic developing country but Information and Computer technology are probably the two areas where the development will need to be carried at an even faster rate. While our country lacks a modern telecommunications infrastructure and is well behind our Balkan neighbours in computer and internet penetration, nevertheless recent developments are encouraging. In terms of rate of increase in internet penetration Albania recorded very good figures. Government seems focused at tackling the computer illiteracy problem. Businesses are investing on Information Technology and Solutions. Still much more remains to be done and along with this the need for qualified IT professionals is exemplified even further.

The M. Sc. in Computer Science is a postgraduate degree programme which intends to fill the void of the qualified IT and computer professionals. It is offered by University of New York Tirana in partnership with the University of Greenwich, continuing our vision to deliver American and European quality programmes to our students. The programme intends to equip the student with advanced knowledge of core areas of computer science, as well as allowing for different elective specialization courses. After completing the taught component, the students are also asked to carry on an individual project and produce a dissertation.

The International Partnership

 

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Welcome to an international community committed to providing opportunities for high quality education!University of Greenwich is a public university located in the London Borough of Greenwich, east London, England. The history of the University dates back to 1890, when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded as the second oldest Polytechnic of the United Kingdom. In 1970,Woolwich Polytechnic merged with various other higher education institutions to form Thames Polytechnic. In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College (1985), Garnett College (1987) and parts of Goldsmiths College and the City of London College (1988) were incorporated, extending considerably the range of subjects taught.

The main campus is the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College: the centre piece of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site. The University has a 150 year lease on parts of three of the four Royal Courts. Situated on the south side of the river Thames in central Greenwich it is near London’s financial centre Canary Wharf. The University shares a campus located at the Medway and has another at Avery Hill in Eltham South East London.

The University of Greenwich is home to a thriving community of over 23,000 students of all ages. Students from over 140 countries choose to study at Greenwich, which is also a popular option for people from our local communities in south-east London and Kent. University of Greenwich diplomas are recognized throughout United Kingdom and in all European countries. The university is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 100 countries choose to study at Greenwich, part of an international student community of 4,000. Services for students with disabilities or who have dyslexia give support to more than 1,000.

Who Should Apply

• Have you just completed your Bachelor’s and you want to continue your studies further?
If you recently finished your first degree in Computer Science and are enthusiastic to advance your studies to a Master’s level, this programme provides breadth in traditional areas of Computer Science as well as depth in terms of individual research and projects. Students who aspire to doctoral studies will find this programme a smooth introduction into the world of academic research.

• Are you looking for a boost to your career?
If you are already a working professional in IT industry, this programme will provide you with an edge both in terms of professional skills and leadership and management qualities that are indispensable for a successful professional career.

• Are you an international student?
We welcome students from all over the world, and our Master’s programme takes into account international business practices, as it is taught by qualified faculty who are distinguished for their teaching and professional expertise in regional and international university. Also, we provide support from specialized personnel with extensive experience in international student matters.

• Are you a student with a different type of qualification?
If you have a first degree in a discipline (Electronics, Mathematics etc) and you want to pursue advanced studies in Computer Science, the Master’s programme provides a bridging programme that will smoothly equip the students with the required foundational concepts before proceeding to the actual programme content.

Rationale and Aim of the Programme

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The joint efforts of the leading academic institutions involved, from different cultural backgrounds, will amalgamate into a programme of study that meets the needs of contemporary educational practice and prepares individuals to meet the challenges of the present business environment from a global perspective. The aim of this M.Sc. programme is to equip students with advanced knowledge in specialized topics in Computer Science and Engineering.

In particular, the M.Sc. programme aims at:

• Producing knowledgeable IT specialists and researchers that will be future leaders in their respective departments in industry or academia.
• Exploring the current trends in which IT industry and Computer Science as a whole is developing and equipping the students with the necessary education to master and make use of these trends.
• Filling the current gaps in the IT industry in Albania for specialists in the most sought after areas, such as Networking, Software Engineering, Security and Database Management.
• Provide the students with the necessary tools, background and breadth for doctoral studies in Computer Science.
•  Educate the students with the tools, concepts and methodology required for independent research. Guide them through the different stages of the process.
• Train the students so that they are able to analyse, design and maintain complex computer systems.
•  Supply the students with hands-on, practical training oriented towards professional certificates that will be helpful for their future careers in industry.
•  Provide the students with necessary information about the specifics of information society in Albania, current state of digitization of public documentation and Albania’s long term objectives in the IT industry.

 Delivery of the Programme

The duration of the taught part of the M.Sc. program is 12 months. Students will be required to submit their dissertation within six months after the completion of the courses. Modules are comprised of a total of 40 delivery hours spread over two alternate weekends a month, and two four-hour sessions on a weekday, usually Friday.

Dissertation
It is expected that students would normally need three to six months to complete the dissertation. The course is preceded by a Research Methods component prior to the development of the project. The project component consists of a substantial individual graduate-level project on a topic chosen by the student and agreed upon by the advisor. The project duration is 1 academic semester and upon completion the student should also produce the project dissertation. The students complete the project under the supervision of a tutor.

Programme Structure

Course Descriptions

Learning Objectives

Learning is achieved through the right combination of directed reading, lectures, workshops, tutorials and peer learning!

Overall, the approach to teaching, learning and assessment of the modules offered and leading to the Master awards is tuned to the needs of course participants to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills that will develop them further both as professionals and academic students. Because most students are by tradition exposed to their own educational and cultural background, emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant learning skills that will enable them to adjust to a multicultural academic environment, so that they can complete their studies successfully and obtain the awards.

The development of an independent learning culture will be achieved through:

• acquisition of relevant computer science knowledge and skills
• opportunities for personal development through the recognition of the role that strong background knowledge plays in computer science
• enhancement of self awareness through recognition of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and development of strategies to overcome weaknesses
• integration of theory into practice through the application of knowledge in real-life computer science applications
• ability to work in teams and adopt appropriate roles to enhance team effectiveness
• development of effective communication skills
• development of general and transferable intellectual and study skills
• where appropriate, reflective utilisation of current and past experience in individual and group work
• modification and development of personal and other business practices through extended work during the Master’s Project.

Assessment

The basic assessment strategy will consist of a coursework and a final exam. The coursework component typically consists of two assignments/projects that the student will have to prepare for each block 20 teaching hours.

The assessment process aims at the summative and formative acquisition of knowledge, skills, and critical thinking. Feedback will be provided on all assessment, while the project will let students make use of the full range of skills and competences they have developed during their studies. The passing grade is 50%.

Application Procedure

Contact

Dr. Marenglen Biba
Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department
University of New York Tirana
Kodra e Diellit, Tirana, Albania
Tel: ++355 445 12345
Fax: ++355 4 2441329
Email: marenglenbiba@unyt.edu.al