The University’s Deanship of Student Affairs organized its own special Open Day event, as part of the celebrations for the 72nd Independence Day. The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, announced the start of the students’ Open Day activities at the opening ceremony which was attended by the Vice President, the President’s Assistant, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Deans of the Schools, and the University family of employees and students.
In his speech, Prof. Al-Refai congratulated the University’s students and their instructors on the students having reached high international rankings in a range of fields. He listed a number of the most prominent achievements, starting with the winners of the international ACM 2018 programming competition. In the finals of the competition, which were held in China, students Hamza Zagha, Motasem Al-Kayed and Muhammad Al-Hayasat took first place in the Middle East and Africa region. Last year, students Hasan Al-Hamash and Samer Ra’ed took first place in the Middle East and eighth place in the world against 2,200 teams in the IEEEXtreme Competition.
Also this year, PSUT achieved first place in the Middle East and 13th place globally against the 3350 teams competing in the IEEEXtreme Competition. In addition, Mohi Al Deen Zaatar was chosen to train at the US space agency NASA, bringing the number of PSUT students chosen to undergo training at NASA to four out of a total of twelve Jordanian students selected for this honor. Furthermore, students Mona Arafat, Laith Mabsalt were among the four students from Jordan chosen to carry out training at Airbus.
Farah Abu Dabaseh won first place in the Huawei ICT Skills Competition and qualified to compete at the 2017 finals in China where the Jordanian team ranked third in the world. In addition, the student Omar Al-Zaibaq took first place in the 13th International Microelectronics Competition and qualified for the final competition in Armenia. PSUT students Heba Barouqah, Zaid Odeh, and Tariq Al-Turk won first place in the "Not Impossible / Booking Hospital Appointments Challenge". The University’s Debating Club took seventh place in Qatar’s Fourth Arabic Language University Debating Tournament, 2017. Hamza Al-Rasheed won the gold medal at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in Colombia, in addition to many other excellent results in numerous sports events at the local and international levels. This year, the University came first in the University Proficiency Examination at the general level as well as taking first place in the subject level for 82% of its specializations.
The Dean of Student Affairs pointed out that holding such events as the Open Day falls within the Deanship’s mission of encouraging students to express and hone their extracurricular talents in a fun, enjoyable atmosphere. The Open Day also presents the students with the opportunity to release their energy and vitality into the many varied activities, as well as developing national pride by observing the most important national holidays such as Independence Day.
The celebration of the birthday of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, was marked during the event. In the presence of Princess Sumaya’s daughter Sukayna, the students, the University’s President, Vice President, Assistant to the President, Deans of the Schools and members of the teaching and administrative bodies all celebrated the Princess’s birthday in an atmosphere of happiness and joy. The students and the University family expressed their love for Her Royal Highness by writing messages to her on a special mural prepared by the Deanship of Student Affairs.
The Open Day included a large variety of entertainment, including songs from artists Hussein Al-Salman and Omar Al-Saqqar, and Dabkeh dances from the University’s folklore troupe, and performances from the musicians of the Armed Forces and Public Defense. There was a display of free art, games and various sports contests. There was an abseiling race between students bearing the Jordanian flag, the University flag, and the flags of the different Schools. The Open Day also featured general knowledge quizzes and performances such as that given by Ahmad Abu Raya and the “Beat Box” by Sa’ad Al-Shmeisani. The University’s theater group put on a mime performance in the auditorium.
The profits made by the bazaar, which sold a range of foods, sweets and juices, were donated to the Fund for Change. At the close of events, the President presented honors and prizes to the sponsors and winners of the competitions that had taken place during the Open Day.