The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, announced that University’s fundamental strategy at the present time is excellence and competitiveness at the world level, and that its former achievements and successes provide it with a supporting platform for this launch. He emphasized that this strategy is formed based on the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees.
During a reception for new students hosted by the Deanship of Student Affairs via visual communication technology from the Friendship Amphitheater on campus, the President said: “You, our sons and daughters, have become our partners in excellence and achievement, and you must work very seriously, because the academic journey never ends, and the race for excellence does not stop.”
After reviewing PSUT's most important achievements and successes, Al-Refai urged students to engage positively in university life, to attend their lectures, to communicate with their instructors and their academic advisors in particular, and to abide by the rules and regulations.
In the presence of his two deputies, Prof. Wejdan Abu-Elhaija and Prof. Mohammad Sababheh, the deans of the Schools, and the Deans of Admissions and Registration and Student Affairs, the President stressed that, just as the University is keen to select distinguished faculty and administrative staff, it is equally as keen to choose its students. PSUT is the only university in Jordan that conducts an entrance examination and a personal interview for all disciplines in order to select the best students. This has served to raise the level of its graduates and contributed to their increasing demand in the labor market, pointing out that nearly 90% of graduates find employment in the first six months after their graduation.
Prof. Al-Refai urged the students not to neglect participation in extracurricular activities through the Talented Students Office, and as well as getting involved in local community service. He indicated that the PSUT administration holds regular meetings with students to involve them in its policy-making process and in developing the services provided to them. He also stated that two hours will be set every Thursday for students to meet with him in his office once university life returns to normal.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Rami Salem, reviewed the services provided by the Deanship, its extracurricular activities, and the range of student clubs that students can join to enhance their skills and hone their talents.
The Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, stated that the School offers the latest laboratory equipment and provides its students with the means to participate in challenging international competitions, encouraged by its belief in learning through competition. Students are expected to seize the opportunity of self-learning and enhance the value of scientific research.
The Vice Dean of the King Abdullah II School of Engineering, Dr. Esam Al-Qaralleh, gave a detailed picture of the School’s departments and its partnerships with international and local companies. He emphasized the idea of engineering in its holistic form and its role in achieving human well-being through the use of modern technology, and the need to acquire the skills that will be a distinguishing factor in the labor market. He particularly pointed out the possibility of a student graduating with a project that could be developed into a startup business.
The Dean of the King Talal School of Business Technology, Dr. Abdul Raheem Abu Al-Basal, talked about the School’s latest achievements, its AACSB accreditation, and that it has achieved a local and international presence. He stated that PSUT students are true ambassadors for their university.
The ceremony included the broadcast of an introductory film about PSUT, and a vocal performance presented by the student Ghaith Samreen.