Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS) ranks first among US computer science PhD programmes, according to a recent survey run by the US News and World Report for 2010.
Other schools which ranked at the top were Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of California – Berkley.
The rankings are based on ratings of academic experts in the field by assessing the quality of the programmes.
“The top ranking of Carnegie Mellon University’s SCS PhD programme indicates that CMU continues to lead in innovations in computer science and continues to make significant contributions which are shaping the field of computer science,” CMU Computer Science programme co-ordinator Majd F Sakr said.
“Attracting and retaining the top faculty and very talented students is a great indicator of the calibre of our Computer Science programme,” he added.
Carnegie Mellon University’s SCS is described as a premier institution for computer science research and education.
The faculty are renowned researchers and academics, developing new methods and technologies, which have a significant impact across a wide variety of fields.
The SCS programme emphasises theory and problem solving, preparing the students to be industry and academic leaders in technology and computer science principles by offering an undergraduate programme in Computer Science, which runs in the Doha campus as well.
The school has created a number of programmes designed to reach out to youth in Qatar and encourage their interest in the computer science field, including the Botball Educational Robotics Programme, high school programming competitions and CS4Qatar.
SCS also holds educational robotics workshops locally in advance of the annual Botball robotics competition for middle and high school students.
CMU Computer Science professor Kemal Oflazer said: “The SCS programmes in Doha are a great introduction into computer science for young people. These programmes provide them with the opportunity to learn the basics of the science while having fun and working with their peers.”
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