Using visual communication technology, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, met with a number of owners, directors and official representatives of leading companies and institutions from inside Jordan and abroad. The aim of the meeting was the promotion of networking between academia and industry, seeking to bridge the gap between the two sectors by discussing frameworks for increasing cooperation in areas of common interest.
The meeting, which was organized by the Office of Careers Guidance and Alumni Affairs and attended by the Vice President for Academic and Administrative Affairs, Prof. Wejdan Abu Al-Haija, Prof. Mohammad Sababheh, Dean of Admissions and Registration, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Al-Saidi, and Director of the e-Learning Center, Dr. Adiy Tweissi, is in line with PSUT’s strategy aimed at strengthening communication with the labor markets, identifying any new developments and streamlining them with the University’s teaching curricula and training programs.
Prof. Al-Refai began by reviewing the University’s most prominent achievements and plans, highlighting the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, regarding the need to keep pace with global changes in the technological field while seeking to build an effective partnership with local, regional and international companies.
Al-Refai also explained that PSUT was planning to use the feedback provided by the companies and benefit from it in developing and improving its study plans and training programs. He pointed out that each of the University’s Schools has its own advisory committee, with the majority of members being individuals who are involved in the labor markets.
Extensive discussions were held on ways in which to enhance cooperation between the University and the companies and institutions. The participants offered their comments and observations, most notably on the need of maintaining constant communication with the labor market in order to stay abreast of its changes and most recent requirements with a view to developing curricula and adapting them to up-to-the-minute demands accordingly. Also, focus was given to the importance of helping students to arm themselves with the necessary skills prior to graduation.
Notably, during the past year, and despite the circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic, the University achieved unprecedented successes, such as being awarded five stars in all categories of the international QS Stars University Ratings. This made PSUT the first Jordanian university to obtain this evaluation without going through its gradual stages, from three stars to five, and the first in the region to be awarded five stars for each of the evaluation categories.
PSUT was also the first in the history of Jordanian universities to obtain AACSB international accreditation, making it one of only 2% of the world's universities outside the USA to obtain this accreditation. With this, all of the University’s Schools now hold accreditation from US organizations.
PSUT also achieved first place locally, for the third consecutive year, in the QS Arab University Rankings 2021, being placed 15th in the Arab world regarding the ratio of published research papers to each faculty member.
The University also grabbed second and third prizes from the Crown Prince’s Award for Best Government Service Application, in its first session, which was open to nearly 300,000 students from Jordanian universities.
PSUT ranked first in the world in the annual IEEEXtreme Programming Competition, surpassing the most prestigious international universities, such as MIT, University of Illinois, McGill University of Canada, University of California – Berkeley. PSUT students also led a Jordanian team to win first place globally in the Huawei ICT Skills Competition.