Princess Sumaya University for Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab Administrative Development Organization/Arab League and Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on the shared desire of the three parties to establish and support academic, technical and technological cooperation in fields of mutual interest, especially those related to the development and improvement of institutional capacities, the development of human resources skills and knowledge, intellectual production, knowledge dissemination, governance, promotion and organization of activities and events to serve the empowerment of Arab youth and comprehensive development issues.
The MoU was signed in Cairo, Egypt by Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai for PSUT, while the Arab Administrative Development Organization/Arab League was represented by Mr. Tarek Al-Baqali acting on behalf of the Director General of the Organization Dr. Nasser Al-Qahtani, and the Rector of PMU, Dr. Issa Al Ansari. Also present at the signing ceremony were a group of officials from the organization and members of the press and media.
The MoU covers the exchange of academic expertise between the three parties, dependent upon the specializations and possibilities available to each of them in the fields of training, studies and research, in addition to holding training courses, symposiums, workshops and academic conferences on topics and activities of common interest. Also included are the exchange of media and scientific publications, and the marketing of the activities of the Arab Center for Youth Empowerment which was established recently under an agreement between PSUT and PMU.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Al-Refai, expressed his pleasure at the signing of this agreement, which paves the way to bringing about a qualitative leap in Arab cooperation in academic and technical fields. Prof. Al-Refai went on to give a detailed presentation about the University and its academic programs and international activities, particularly focusing on the numerous joint programs that have been set up with prestigious international universities. PSUT has made outstanding efforts and progress in moving the Kingdom’s ICT sector forward through the provision of academically and technically qualified graduates who are capable of working anywhere in the world. All this has been made possible thanks to the patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, who has carried the banner of leadership and excellence to carry PSUT to the pinnacle of universities on the national, regional and global levels. Since its inception, the University’s strategic plan has focused on both administrative and academic development, and major goals have been to facilitate exchange visits for both students and faculty members with the world's finest universities, as well as energizing and improving the quality of scientific research.
Prof. Al-Refai talked about the establishment of the Arab Center for Youth Empowerment, which was recently established under an agreement between PSUT and PMU, in order to provide Arab youth in different parts of the world with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to achieve their ambitions and make an effective contribution to their communities. Furthermore, the aim is to enable them to face the challenges of the modern world. The Center, the first of its kind within the Arab Youth Partnership, will contribute to the discovery of outstanding latent talent among the youth and lend them the necessary support to succeed on the international scene. It will also work to strengthen the sense of loyalty among young people toward their Arab identity.
The Director General of the Arab Administrative Development Organization/Arab League, Mr. Tariq Baqali, and the Rector of Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Dr. Al Ansari stressed the importance of this agreement which comes to fulfill the demands and needs of the Arab community in improving and developing institutional capacities. The agreement also seeks to develop the skills and knowledge of human resources, intellectual production, knowledge dissemination, and governance through the exchange of the scientific media currently available to each of the parties, in addition to exchanging information, studies, reports and research published by each party in the scientific and technical fields.
The presidents of the universities and the representative of the Director-General of the Organization drew the meeting to a close by responding to the questions and inquiries of the journalists who attended the signing of the joint agreement.