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Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology (FCSIT)

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The Faculty was established in November 1993. Set in the backwoods, away from the major IT hubs, the first task of the day was to simply "get connected". The Faculty's landmark then was a projection of a little VSAT satellite antenna dish by the window of Prof. Zahran Halim's (the founding Dean) office in late 1993. That brought instant electronic globalisation right to the desktop, albeit to just a few test desks at first.

Today the little dish is long gone as the campus-wide fibre optic backbone is established with leased lines to the national network, JARING and the Internet. The first computer laboratories to be established in 1994 were equipped with 34 Digital PCs (partially sponsored by Digital Equipment (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd) and the laboratories of 13 Silicon Graphics workstations and Challenge server (partially sponsored by Sime Darby Sdn Bhd). Sponsorships from AST and Apple Computers Inc. followed suit. Research in IT was catalysed by a 5-year R&D fund from Sapura Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Three undergraduate programmes were offered by July 1994: Software Engineering, Computer Systems Technology, and Information Systems. The following 1995/96 session saw the introduction of our 4th programme, Computational Science.

The 1996/97 session also saw the start of a joint programme in Cognitive Science which is jointly offered by the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences & Human Development and the Faculty of Information Technology.
The design of our academic programmes are largely guided by the market needs and are based on the ACM/IEEE integrated curriculum.

The pioneering batch of 1994 consisted of 34 students. Postgraduate students were concomitantly enrolled, and by July 1995, the Faculty delivered UNIMAS first 3 graduates who qualified for their Masters in IT.

Dean's Message

http://www.fcsit.unimas.my/images/Staff/group/topmgt/nara.pngIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty’s Website. At the Faculty, we take great care in playing the important role of shaping the future generation of Computing professions. The acronym and motto for the Faculty (FoCuS-IT) also reflects this emphasis on individual transformation as the core of everything that we do. With our team of dynamic and enterprising individuals we strive to make the faculty a scholarly institution of choice for both teaching-learning and research, in the area of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Software is going to dominate everything that we do in future. As such, nations that have succeeded in producing adequate competent Computing manpower are well poised to become the future super-powers of the world. In ensuring that the nation acquires this edge, UNIMAS is prepared to significantly increase our Computing student intake. If you have the drive to explore challenges and the vision to shape the world, then you should consider joining us. An academic qualification in Computer Science will put you in the driving seat, empowered to shape our future world.

We hope that your visit has been fruitful and has created value for you. Please feel free to share your thoughts on how we can improve our services in future.

"Dare to Dream, We’ll make it Happen Together"

Professor Dr. Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer
Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, UNIMAS


To be a Centre of Excellence, internationally acknowledged in the field of computer science and information technology.

Mission Statement

To become a centre of excellence, acknowledged for its innovative and contemporary education programme, dynamic research, and professional services.


  • To contribute to the direction and future advancement of the national profile in the global competition and its increase dependency on technology.
  • To create unique characteristics that enable the faculty and the university to be known as a leader in idea development and as a model to be emulated by others.
  • To educate individuals, staff , and students to be members of  society who are autonomous, responsible, and cooperative; with the ability to face any future challenges.
  • To display excellent academic quality and relevance to the academic programme that will enable students to meet the criteria required by future employers.
  • To steer innovative development and technology-based learning practice.
  • To gain excellent reputation in research in specialised areas.
  • To extend the innovative applications in modern information technology by providing services to the community.



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