Ohio State University Virtual International Project
The database students participated in a Virtual International Experience with students from Ohio State University. The main purpose of this project was to give students a chance to interact virtually with international academic community through the new communication technology “Second Life”. HCT - Dubai students demonstrated understanding of virtual teams and explored and evaluated Second Life as a new communication medium. Ohio students visited HCT - Dubai Virtual campus and met HCT - Dubai students, both wearing traditional costumes. They introduced themselves, discussed general topics, and shared common interests.
IT students researched the major milestones in IT innovation since 1939 and the impact of these on Business processes. To present their findings, students created posters, prototypes, movies and presentations and displayed them in the first IT museum at HCT - Dubai during Bazaar 2009. The IT museum included innovations such as the first mainframe computer, the first minicomputer, the first programming language and the first mouse. The museum also included a look at the future of IT and the areas where IT is heading in the next few years such as nanotechnology and green technology. The IT museum was a great experience for the IT students. They enjoyed working on the project, and there was much positive feedback from visitors, including HCT - Dubai staff and students, external school students and Bazaar visitors.
The Integrated Networking Project
Networking students completed a distinctive “Integrated Networking Project”. They planned and designed a company enterprise network infrastructure from scratch, and implemented it in a lab environment. The work included design, installation of operating systems and applications on clients and servers, deploying wireless and monitoring solutions, placing of switches, firewalls and routers in local and wide area networks and configuring them to implement security for different user groups and LANs. This is the first time that a project of such complexity and diversity was implemented in a lab environment.