Posted on June 13, 2019

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) announced international re-accreditation of its four Information Technology programs, as certified by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS).

CNA-Q’s I.T. programs have been awarded a three-year CIPS re-accreditation for 2018 – 2020.  This designation acknowledges that the College’s educational programs prepare students to meet the demands of the Computing and Information Systems profession internationally. Completion of the accredited computer information systems programs will assist graduates in pursuing the Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) designation.

“This accreditation is an affirmation of the quality of CNAQ’s curriculum, the soundness of its pedagogy and delivery, the caliber of CNA-Q’s faculty, and the physical, human and institutional supports in place to ensure a successful program and exceptionally prepared IT professionals who are ready to meet Qatar’s information and communication technology needs,” said Vice-President, Academic, Dr. Samah Gamar. “Receiving the CIPS international accreditation for our four programs provides an objective verification that we are delivering quality programs that meet the needs of Qatar’s workplace and also prepare students for the next stage in their educational journey. As our IT programs experience impressive enrolment growth, over 30 per cent in the past three years, this reaccreditation is yet another testament to CNAQ’s unique differentiators – concise, high quality, in demand programs that lead to real profession.”

The School of Information Technology offers four programs that are customized to meet the needs of employers in Qatar. The first two-year diploma programs in Information Systems – Hardware and Software, were designed in consultation with industry stakeholders in 2008. An additional year of study was introduced in 2012, adding two new three-year Network and Systems Administration and Web Developer diploma credentials.

Gerald Caissy, Chair of CIPS’s Information Systems and Technology Accreditation Council visited Doha to celebrate in the College’s success and bestow the re-accreditation. He said, “Curriculum is at the heart of an accreditation review, and CNA-Q’s curriculum is exceptionally designed and excellently executed through experiential methods, taught by expert computer professionals within their respective areas. The CNA-Q learning community benefits from both a strong faculty and a resource infrastructure that is supportive of a positive cultural, social, and academic environment.”

CIPS is a professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies sine the 1950s. CIPS provides a code of ethics for members, upholds standards of certification of members, and encourages educational program accreditation. The CIPS accreditation was first granted to CNA-Q in 2015 after rigorous reviews of curriculum, assessments of faculty credentials and deployed infrastructure, and interviews with students, alumni, and industry stakeholders. There are a total of 27 programs at CNA-Q that are internationally accredited in the I.T., Business Studies, Health Sciences, and Engineering Technology fields.