01 June 2017 - NUS Computing’s Department of Information Systems has been renamed the Department of Information Systems and Analytics (DISA), in keeping with current trends in industry that underscore the importance of big data and analytics, and the interdependency between information systems and analytics.
Head of Department, Associate Professor Hahn Jungpil said, “The inclusion of the term “Analytics’ in the new department name is a more accurate reflection of the nature of the department’s current research and education offerings. The name change will allow the department to better position itself to meet the education and research challenges in the ever‐changing landscapes of information systems and analytics.” He added that the change will facilitate many developments, including engagement in new research opportunities in information systems and analytics, broader engagement with industry partners, and recruitment of high-calibre faculty members from more diverse backgrounds.
The Department of Information Systems began as the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS), which was established in 1983. The department was housed in the Faculty of Science from its inception to 1998, when the School of Computing was founded, and the DISCS became the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Information Systems. In the same year, the curriculum was revised and four-year degree programmes in Computer Science and Information Systems were offered. In 2013, the Department of Information Systems added to its degree programme offerings by launching the Business Analytics degree programme.