Princess Sumaya University for Technology has received a six-year extension from the American accreditation organization ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) for all of the programs for which the University applied in Engineering and Computer Science disciplines. In addition, 2019 saw accreditation granted for the first time for the Electrical Power and Energy Engineering program.
President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, praised this new achievement, recognizing that it lends added value to the University, which is always striving to follow the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan to increase international networking with major scientific institutions and international universities.
Al-Refai added that the content and quality of the University’s study programs are a crucial factor in ensuring that students find employment in the increasingly competitive labor market, which is the ultimate aim of the University in focusing the accreditation process on unique and outstanding majors with a global dimension.
The Dean of the King Abdullah II School of Engineering, Dr. Khaldoun Abu Gharbieh, affirmed how this success reflects positively on the skills and abilities of the School’s students. ABET accreditation demands continuous development of the School’s study plans and modernization of its laboratories.
The Dean of the King Hussein School for Computing Sciences, Dr. Sufian Majali, said that accreditation represents international recognition of the quality of the School’s accredited programs. It promotes "best practices" in education, and requires faculty and staff to engage directly in self-evaluation and continuous quality improvement. He stressed that accreditation ensures that graduates possess the necessary requirements to enter the profession and provides opportunities for industry and businesses to steer the educational process to reflect the current and future needs of the labor market.
PSUT first obtained this accreditation in 2013 in four disciplines: Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Science. At that time, it was the only university in Jordan to have received accreditation for these programs.
ABET accreditation underlines the University's commitment to meeting global standards of education for each discipline, as well as paving the way for its graduates to work anywhere in the world. It is recognized worldwide through international agreements, national accreditation systems in many other countries, and facilitates the admission process to graduate programs.
ABET, based in the US, is a professional engineering body dedicated to the education, accreditation, organization and professional development of engineering professionals and students. Its goal is to ensure confidence in university programs in STEM disciplines, and its approach, the standards it sets, and the quality that is ensures inspire confidence in those who aim to build a world which is better, safer, and more efficient, comfortable and sustainable.
Originally founded in 1932 as the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD), in 1980, the organization changed its name to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.