Academic cooperation between PSUT and Colorado State University

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 10:45



As a result of the excellent approach followed by Princess Sumaya University for Technology and the vision of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, of forging ties with prestigious international universities in order to achieve internationally competitive educational standards, an academic cooperation agreement was discussed between PSUT and Colorado State University (CSU). CSU is one of the most prestigious American universities in IT fields. The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, accompanied by the Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Sufyan Almajali, met with Prof. Rick Miranda, Provost of CSU, and officials of the School of Information Technology. The delegation listened to a briefing about CSU and its excellence in IT fields. Prof. Al-Refai also presented a briefing about PSUT, its quality programs, and the University’s outstanding track record in the international arena in establishing joint programs with overseas universities at the Bachelor's and Master's levels. He also talked about the international accreditations obtained by the University, and its distinguished student exchange programs. Dr. Almajali gave a brief presentation on the quality programs offered by the School, the high standards reached by PhD students in scientific research, and the School’s research groups. He also presented PSUT’s outstanding results in a number of international programming competitions. This year, the University achieved fourth place in the world and first in the Arab world at the IEEEXtreme 2018, as well as coming first in the MENA region at the ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), 2018.

Colorado State University has provided one or two scholarships each year to PhD students at PSUT, allowing them to obtain a year’s study experience at CSU in the United States which is a great opportunity to gain new skills. Thus, the students will benefit from joint supervision from the two parties on their doctoral theses. Also under examination was the possibility of giving graduates of the PhD program in Computer Science the chance to pursue postdoctoral research at CSU, in addition to the two parties working together on the supervision of postgraduate theses.

It was agreed to set up a special undergraduate joint program whereby the student will study two years at PSUT and two years at CSU in the US, to receive a BSc in Computer Science from PSUT, as well as a BSc in Data Science from CSU, with students paying reasonable fees. A further aim of the cooperation is to open up a student exchange program between the two universities in different disciplines, and for the two parties to swap educational and research experiences.