5 pillars and 4 majors
There are 5 pillars within the Applied Computer Science course:
- In the ICT Infrastructure pillar you learn how a computer, a mobile device, a smart device and a computer network function and how you configure and manage them. Attention is paid to possibilities that virtualisation and cloud computing offer and the organization of a contemporary data center.
- In the Information Management pillar, you learn to design and develop information systems, create and manage databases, and convert data into business information and knowledge. Also devising a good application architecture and mastering contemporary techniques of software design belong to this pillar.
- In the Software Development pillar you learn to program long-term solutions for one device, you have different devices send information to each other, with the integration of visuals and sound. You develop the application of the future by using software frameworks and you design the appropriate user interface according to user experience design principles.
- In the IT management pillar, we focus on the aspect of the link between user and IT. Examples include planning a project, communicating with computer scientists or with end users, conducting quality control of IT solutions and reporting to management. Knowledge of the business-economic context, in which you will have to apply computer science, is also essential.
You can specialize in one of the following 4 majors:
- AI Business Professional
- Cyber Security
- ICT & Blockchain Consultant
- Software Engineer
Projects and field of work
In Applied Computer Science there are, in addition to the practical classes and the labs, many real cases that are developed in projects.
These are project questions from companies or ideas that have arisen during the course. This will get you started. You also take the initiative yourself, together with the end users and supervised by the teachers, to bring the project to a successful end.
Some of these projects are continued in a startup that students set up themselves.
Study trips and seminars
Applied Computer Science students go on study visits to leading IT fairs such as: Info Security (Brussels or Utrecht), ICT & Logistics (Utrecht), Supply Chain Innovations (Antwerp), congresses and seminars with international appeal such as JSConf (own organization), Devoxx (Antwerp), BruCON (Ghent), FOSDEM (Brussels) and there is even a (non-binding) training trip to Silicon Valley (San Francisco) or China.
Finally, there are also company visits and a visit to the European Parliament for Cyber Security @home.
You help organize an event such as TEDxUHOWEST and become involved in budgeting, planning and commercialization. Making contacts with the business world and its important decision makers is put into practice in this way.
You will be trained to play an important role in the digital and global world of tomorrow.
IT networks do not stop at our national borders. As an IT professional you often work in an international context. This makes soft skills and international experience very important assets. We therefore encourage our students to broaden their horizons.
For example, an international project week is already planned at a partner institution. You can also do an internship and / or study abroad. We have relationships with colleges, organizations and companies spread over Europe and even further: USA, The Gambia, India, Mauritius, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, ...
Finally, you can also go to international conferences, and on a study trip to Silicon Valley or China.