We are doing something unique in bringing together two seemingly different worlds of technology and humanistic values in one graduate program.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2014
Sofia University is pleased to announce final approval from WASC for their innovative Master of Science in Computer Science programs. Beginning January of 2015, they will offer the program both on campus and in a hybrid/online delivery format.
The leadership of Sofia brings a rich history in both education and technology here in Silicon Valley, as well as internationally. The deficit of human skills in the technology sector has been well documented, and several Sofia University faculty members currently consult with some of the most recognizable names in the Valley which made clear the opportunity to offer new programs aimed directly into the skills gaps experienced in the technology industry. CS at Sofia University presents a unique opportunity to bring transpersonal skills and values to the world of technology.
Computer science (CS) is a field that is interdisciplinary by its very nature, bringing together the obvious disciplines of mathematics, engineering, software design and project design for example. What is perhaps less expected or known is that CS also needs psychology as it attempts to solve problems in the real world. This is where Sofia University can provide the core understandings of Transpersonal Psychology (TP) as the integrating principle in the CS curriculum. We have been leaders in broadening the understandings and values of TP to include transpersonal studies in fields beyond psychology. The MS in Computer Science is another opportunity to extend the reach and influence of the transpersonal in alignment with Sofia University’s mission and values.
In addition, by introducing two relatively new technologies as concentrations (Transformative Computing and Transformative Unmanned Aircraft Systems computing), Sofia occupies a unique educational niche. These concentrations explore why a technology is an innovation rather than solely an invention; what trends and actions must occur for a technology to become transformative; what makes a transformative technology disruptive and why disruption is vital for a complete transformation of the field; and why data management and manipulation is critical to sustain computational transformative technologies in the future. Sofia University is proud to lead the industry with this groundbreaking forward looking professional program.
Currently, the economy is creating far more computing jobs than U.S. schools are creating computer science graduates. Based on current trends, U.S. universities will graduate about 400,000 computer scientists between 2010 and 2020, a decade during which 1.4 million U.S. computing jobs will open up, leaving a gap of about a million computer science jobs. Given that women make up not even one-fifth of computer science graduates, Sofia University is proud to be a champion for women in computer science. The board of trustees noted that in many ways it would be irresponsible not to make best use of the new president’s demonstrated skills as a leader in CS and CS education. The president, Dr. Liz Li, brings twenty-five years of proven capacity in her field, and Sofia University would like to draw on the unique opportunity that leadership affords us.