RELEASE: GameAbove Elevates Eastern Michigan University's Cybersecurity Program

- GameAbove elevates Eastern Michigan University's cybersecurity program with a $1.

RELEASE: GameAbove Elevates Eastern Michigan University's Cybersecurity Program

- GameAbove elevates Eastern Michigan University's cybersecurity program with a $1.6 million donation to its College of Engineering and Technology

Robust cybersecurity program will soon include new research and certificates

YPSILANTI, Mich., June 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Michigan University's GameAbove, an alumni-led philanthropic group that promotes academic and athletic programs, announces a $1.6 million gift to the College of Engineering and Technology (GACET) of the university. The new commitment will support the launch of a cybersecurity initiative for embedded systems, enhance offerings within cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, including research in cybersecurity for vehicles and mobility, and establish a dedicated cybersecurity certification program that addresses students and business professionals alike.

"Our goal has always been for GameAbove's College of Engineering and Technology to be known as the top cybersecurity program in the country," said Keith J. Stone, President of GameAbove. "We will not deviate from this standard of quality. The steps that GameAbove, Dean Qatu and EMU leadership are taking, including this donation, illustrate our unity and our full commitment to providing adequate resources to ensure the long-lasting success of the program." .

The GACET School of Information Security and Applied Computing's cybersecurity program is one of EMU's fastest growing specializations and a national leader in providing education and training to defend against cyber-attacks and protect sensitive data and personal. It was one of the first in the United States to offer a cybersecurity fellowship and earn ABET accreditation and National Security Agency (NSA) certification. The program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and a flexible mix of online and face-to-face courses to meet the demand for personalized instruction and career-oriented students and professionals.

As of 2024, the EMU will offer the following in terms of cybersecurity:

certificate program

university programs

graduate programs

The NSA redesignated the EMU GACET as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber ​​Defense this year through the 2028 academic year. In 2022, Best Online Bachelor's in Cyber ​​Security by ranked the GACET's Bachelor of Information Assurance and the Cyber ​​Defense program as the seventh best nationally and the only university in Michigan to rank in the top 10.

With nearly 100% job placement, EMU students with cybersecurity degrees start their careers at companies like Google, Amazon, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the NSA. Finding professional opportunities in their field of study is the most important step for students to successfully integrate into the job market. GameAbove will continue to play a key role in career placement by connecting cybersecurity students to its network of powerful organizations and forging partnerships with industry leaders seeking graduates from the best cybersecurity programs in the country.

"We are very grateful for the support of the GameAbove alumni organization," said EMU President James Smith. "The commitment and dedication of successful alumni and GameAbove's determination to create new opportunities for Eastern students is unprecedented. GameAbove continues to directly influence the work we do to develop educational and career opportunities for our students who otherwise they would not exist."

"Cybersecurity and related fields such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and embedded systems are among the fastest growing fields of interest to both individuals and public and private employers," said Mohamad Qatu, Dean from the Game Above College of Engineering and Technology. "These areas of study and research affect our lives in many ways. Job growth in these areas is one of the highest in the country and in the world."

"We are grateful to GameAbove and its leadership for their generous and extraordinary partnership and support. This support will help us offer additional programs, provide more access to this important field by offering strong certificates, and enhance our research to become a national leader in this important field." Katu explained.

GameAbove has dedicated more than $28 million to EMU, supporting or creating programs that drive innovation and academic progress. These programs include improving faculty enrichment, providing financial aid to students, and improving facilities that promote student-athlete achievement at EMU.

For more information about the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology's School of Information Security and Applied Computing, visit the website.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. Currently, it has more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialization, doctoral, and certification studies in arts, sciences, and professions. In total, more than 300 careers, specialties and concentrations are taught through the faculties of Arts and Sciences; business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and his graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. Visit the University's Rankings and Points of Pride webpages for more information. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date with University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

About Game Above

GameAbove's primary goal at EMU is to help shape, inspire, and support current and future Eastern Michigan University students reaching new heights in learning through the transformative and inspiring educational experience. GameAbove aspires to help improve the higher education experience by exploring and supporting innovative financial models to sustain universities, improving the campus environment, elevating athletics, promoting pioneering academic programs, and creative giving within the community. For more information, visit the website

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