In order to keep up with the rapid and substantial developments in the Information Technology sector, a decision was made to establish the Computer Center at Al-Hussein Bin Talal University (AHU, henceforth) in 2000. Among other things, the center aims to serve and support the educational, administrative, and research missions of AHU through application of Information Technology. Implementing and maintaining an efficient and stable network at the university, and providing a variety of training courses for a wide spectrum of software packages and applications are among the center's top priorities, as well.
Our prospective vision is to reach an e-university . To this end, the center has developed 22 ready-to-use applications for the different university's administrative and academic needs. All these applications are exclusively in-house products. It is worth mentioning that the center has already developed an online classroom software package, which provides students with unlimited on and off campus access to interact with their instructors, upload their homeworks, and do their exams. No doubt, such facilities provide the infrastructure necessary to shift toward a complete, yet concise computerized learning environment such as WebCT.
The center has also recently finished connecting all the university's buildings to the main network. Currently, the center is working to connect the off-campus building of the College of Archaeology , Tourism & Hotel Management, located near the ancient City of Petra (around 28 klms to the south of the main campus of AHU) to the main net, as well.
As for the human resources, the center has offered a set of training courses including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office application, ORACLE, and ICDL. More recently, a new updated website of AHU has been launched to provide the visitor with all necessary information about the university. The center comprises an ICDL center that grants the ICDL certificate.