Editorial: FIU ahead of the curve with two unique degrees

From smartwatches to smart phones, everything seems to be “smart” these days. With FIU aiming to be a leading urban public research university focused on things like innovation, the University strives to stay ahead of the curve by offering two unique degrees no other university in the nation has yet to offer.

As the technology market continues to grow, Kemal Akkaya, a computer engineering professor at FIU, proposed a new degree that would train FIU students in all aspects of “the internet of things,” according to The Miami Herald.

Although, similar degrees exist at universities throughout the world, starting Spring 2018, FIU will be the first university in the U.S. to offer a bachelor’s degree in managing growing networks of smart things.

Heading this technological shift is the College of Engineering and Computing, where the new degree will address the four major areas of IoT—hardware, software, communication and cybersecurity.

The IoT program will be a 120-credit hour degree with hybrid courses combining live and online learning, and will focus on the technology involved in machine-to-machine communication.

With this new degree, FIU hopes to provide its students with the opportunity to be rightfully equipped for technology-driven jobs in the future and will allow students with The Internet of Things degree to get and create new jobs.

Aside from The Internet of Things degree, FIU also became the first university in Florida to offer a master’s degree program in disaster management, a one-year graduate degree program designed to “prepare a new generation of emergency management and international humanitarian assistance leaders.”

The degree is offered by the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness, part of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, and focuses on “international humanitarian disaster relief, U.S. federal, state and local emergency management preparedness, response recovery and mitigation efforts,” as reported by FIU News.

Students will learn the strategies and skills required to prepare and respond to natural and man-made disasters through the use of classroom instruction and field simulations. The 30-credit program includes courses like Disaster Response and Recovery, Disaster Preparedness and Planning Methodologies, Foundations in Humanitarian Assistance and Coordination, among others.

By offering these two unique degrees, FIU is setting its own standard and pushing forward in serving its students with high-quality teaching and collaborative engagement. FIU continues to stay ahead of the curve and students attending the University should do the same.


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