Keeping on trend with most universities and colleges around the country, demand for computer science courses at Harvard University has been increasing exponentially over the past few years. To keep up with the demand for its fastest growing major, Harvard will increase computer science faculty by 50 percent thanks to a gift from Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp’s biggest shareholder and former CEO. Ballmer’s donation will allow Harvard to hire 12 new instructors, bringing the size of the computer science faculty to 36.
Ballmer, who graduated from the university in 1977, has been in talks with Harvard President Drew Faust since he retired from Microsoft last year. “It’s clear to me that Harvard really could build a computer science department for the
future,” he said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg.com “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to seize the day.” Harvard is building additional facilities for computer science education in Allston, a Boston neighborhood near the main campus in Cambridge, which will allow for instructors to interact more with students.
According to Bloomberg.com, Introduction to Computer Science I (CS50) is the most popular computer science course at Harvard. In fact, it is so popular that faculty from Harvard’s chief rival, Yale University, recently voted to bring the undergraduate course to their school.
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