ECE first: An attempt to reinstate the favorability of ECE program

Ali Al Shidhani, Ahmed Al Maashri, Dawood Al-Abri, Fahad Bait-Shiginah, Salem Al-Hinai

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Abstract

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of four departments in the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Sultanate of Oman. The department admits around 25% to 30% of engineering students every semester. Specialization selection is based on students' discretion and academic acation selection is its inception, ECE accommodated the largest share of students in the college and was usually favored by students compared to other departments. Nevertheless, it was observed that students refrain from selecting ECE as a first choice in the last couple of years. In 2005, 33% of students applying for specialization chose ECE as their first choice. Today, the number is south to 13%. This paper studies the reasons behind students' aversion from ECE and proposes countermeasures to turn the tide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE 8th GCC Conference and Exhibition, GCCCE 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781479984220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 12 2015
Event2015 IEEE 8th GCC Conference and Exhibition, GCCCE 2015 - Muscat, Oman
Duration: Feb 1 2015Feb 4 2015

Other

Other2015 IEEE 8th GCC Conference and Exhibition, GCCCE 2015
CountryOman
CityMuscat
Period2/1/152/4/15

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Keywords

  • curriculum
  • education
  • electrical and computer engineering
  • engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science(all)

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Al Shidhani, A., Al Maashri, A., Al-Abri, D., Bait-Shiginah, F., & Al-Hinai, S. (2015). ECE first: An attempt to reinstate the favorability of ECE program. In 2015 IEEE 8th GCC Conference and Exhibition, GCCCE 2015 [7060057] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IEEEGCC.2015.7060057