The Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) of HCMUS was established in February 1995 based on the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Mathematics – Ho Chi Minh City University of Science. After 15 years, the Faculty has expanded considerably and is currently supported by the government to become one of the key faculties of Information Technology in Vietnam.
At present, FIT has 6 departments: General Informatics, Computer Network and Telecommunication, Knowledge Engineering, Computer Science, Information System, and Software Engineering. In particular, the Department of General Informatics is in charge of teaching basic and background IT knowledge for all university students, the other 5 departments are in charge of professional knowledge in different majors of IT.
The academic staff members are Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Teaching Assistants, and many visiting professors and lecturers from other universities, research institutes, and industry in Vietnam or abroad. The total number of academic and non-academic staff is about 128 members (excluding those currently studying abroad).
Mission, Vision and Objective
As a Faculty of HCMUS, the mission of FIT is to achieve the mission of the university in the field of Information Technology as follows:
- Providing undergraduate, postgraduate courses, performing scientific research and transferring technologies in Information Technology to the industry.
- Providing experts in Information Technology, satisfying domestic demands in economic and social development, and keeping up with international development trends.
FIT has identified a vision to 2020, in accordance with the university’s strategic plan
- Up to 2020, FIT becomes one of the best Faculties of IT of the country which can provide the best IT education and training, and play a key role of VNU-HCMC.
- Based on the mission and vision, FIT has the program objectives for students as follows:
- Providing Bachelor of Science graduates in IT having strong background knowledge and expertise, understanding responsibilities and professional ethics, and being able to apply the latest IT results to solve real-world problems, and having research methodology to start up the scientific research in IT.
- Equipping students with adaptation skills, self-adjustment, self-development, and skills of finding and solving problems logically, creatively and systematically.
- Based on different majors, IT graduates are able to analyze, evaluate, design, implement and operate computer network systems, information systems, or software systems to apply in scientific activities, education, society and economy.
Those objectives have been built based on the balance between human resource training for social needs and the training of intellectuals to contribute into the society’s development. These objectives are verified and supervised by the FIT Scientific Board.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Based on the mission, vision and objectives, FIT identifies the following expected learning outcomes for undergraduate students:
||Understanding the responsibility, ethics, and the current social states.
||Ability to apply soft skills
||Ability to inherit and develop professional knowledge
||Ability to apply fundamental knowledge
||Ability to analyze, design and implement computer-based business systems
||Ability to test, operate, evaluate, and maintain computer-based business systems
||Ability to use computer-based supporting tools and techniques.
Table. I 1: Expected Learning Outcomes
Expected learning outcomes aim to provide a modern, healthy and ethical person that can quickly adapt to any working environment with enough expertise and ability to self-study, self-research and self-develop.
Expected learning outcomes from [Table. I 1] satisfy relatively the demands of students, employers and lecturers. Most of graduates are highly appreciated by IT labor market and easy to find a job. These achievements are thanks to the clear expected learning outcomes stated at the beginning.
Expected learning outcomes are constructed based on the combination of many factors:
- Mission, Vision and the training objectives
- Feedbacks from students, employers and lecturers.
- Pedagogy principles
- Program specification provided by the Ministry of Education and Training.
There are 6 different departments in FIT including General Informatics, Computer Science, Knowledge Engineering, Software Engineering, Information System, and Computer Network and Communication. The General Informatics department is in charge of covering fundament knowledge of informatics for all students. The other five departments are taking care of 5 different majors of FIT.
The students are introduced to our general training objectives and expected learning outcomes on the first day of the course. Those objectives and learning outcomes are also published in the student’s handbooks and on our website .
Our training objectives are often reviewed every 3 or 5 years. Since 2000, particularly in 2005 and 2008, we have reviewed twice and adjusted the training objectives and the program.