As part of Princess Sumaya University for Technology’s policy and ongoing its efforts to promote and develop its academic and research programs, the University has joined a growing list of regional and international universities to establish educational partnerships with the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education within the framework of Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program. This network includes international and regional universities such as MIT, the American University in Beirut, the American University in Sharjah, the American University in Cairo, McGill University and Waterloo University (both in Canada), and the University of Arizona. The partnership will provide scholarships to outstanding students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, expressed his pride in this cooperation, which is the first of its kind in Jordan to support outstanding students and to provide scholarships for Bachelor's programs in STEM fields. PSUT is the first Jordanian university to sign up for the program, which clearly indicates its continued excellence as a leader among educational institutions. This status is due to the guidance provided by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees. The Princess has carried the banner of leadership and excellence in this University, laying out her strategic plan to focus on the international dimension in the University’s executive program, which has made it stand out among other universities in Jordan and the region.
Prof. Al-Refai pointed out that, in 2017/2018, 20 Jordanian high school students each obtained a full scholarship through the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation to study at PSUT. The scholarship covers all expenses, including tuition fees, accommodation and living costs, and targets "outstanding" students who are experiencing financial difficulties, especially those from under-privileged areas. For the academic year 2018/2019, a total of 47 students applied for scholarships from the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education to study at PSUT. The applicants came from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Syria and Palestine. Thirteen students succeeded in passing the selection criteria, set according to the latest international practices. Seven students, all of whom are Jordanian, joined them to study at the University. They are full-time, committed students who perform at the highest level. Additionally, a Jordanian graduate of PSUT obtained a grant from the Al Ghurair Foundation to study for a Master's degree at McGill University, Canada.
Prof. Al-Refai added that PSUT is currently working on advertising to attract a new batch of students to be accepted for the academic year 2019-2020, when a further 20 students will be granted scholarships to study at the University. Interested students can apply through the following link: https://agf.smartsimple.ie
PSUT’s Master's programs will be added to the Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program during the coming year.
Notably, the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education has announced an increase in the number of scholarships it offers through its programs from 700 to 1,500 in the coming year. New members to the partnership are Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, PSUT in Jordan, Al Quds University, An Najah University, and Palestine Polytechnic University in Palestine, making the program now available in 3 new Arab countries. These scholarships focus on undergraduate degrees in accredited STEM programs, as well as providing opportunities for young Arab refugees or those from areas suffering from conflict to obtain a Master's degree.
Al Ghurair Foundation, launched in 2016, supports young students to take advantage of educational opportunities that have the potential to transform their lives. The scholarships of the Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education are based on excellence and financial need. They are aimed at individuals who have achieved outstanding academic achievements in spite of the challenges and difficult circumstances they have experienced, including poverty and conflict, and are selected through a highly competitive process that begins with an application through the organization's e-Visa portal. In addition to financial support, these scholarships provide the recipients with the chance to develop leadership skills and other basic skills needed to serve the community. Scholarships are currently offered in 16 universities in 10 countries across the Arab world and in Turkey, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.