The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, welcomed a joint delegation from the Crown Prince Foundation and Airbus, the world's leading aircraft manufacturer, to discuss ways in which the two parties can work together to provide training opportunities for PSUT students at the company.
During the meeting, Al-Refai reviewed the University's academic programs and its international activities, especially its success in forging joint programs with a number of international universities, expanding on its progress and pioneering efforts in advancing the computer, ICT and business sectors.
Al-Refai stressed that, under the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El-Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University, importance is given to helping students to reach the world stage through their projects and pioneering work in the engineering and technological sectors, adding that this is the University’s strongpoint and the foundation of its excellence. He pointed out that two of the first group of four Jordanian students who benefited from the training program were students from PSUT, and student Ala’eddin Khawaja was selected among the second wave of trainees in the program.
Airbus trainee Ala’eddin Khawaja talked about his experience during the discussion session, which included a dialogue with the students and the audience. During the meeting, the delegation affirmed the University’s good reputation and the distinguished status of its students at the international level in a wide range of forums. They gave a briefing about the company and its training programs for university students and areas of joint cooperation, reviewing the experiences of the first and second groups in the program.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Mohammed Sababha, Dean of the King Abdullah I School of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Vice Dean of the King Abdullah II School of Engineering Dr. Mamoun Al Ahmad, Head of the Electrical Engineering Department Dr. Ayman Faza, Head of the Computer Engineering Department Dr. Majd Batarseh, and Head of Communications Engineering Dr. Rami Wahsha. Among the visiting delegation were the Personnel Officer at the Center of Excellence, Jamil Mahboubi, the Department of International Cooperation and Business Development, Paul Mohammed, and representatives from the Crown Prince Foundation.
The delegation toured the University and visited its state-of-the-art laboratories. They met the robot known as Pepper, which is the first robot designed to live with human beings. He can recognize the faces and objects around him and distinguish them by name. He is able to recognize and distinguish human emotions and change his behavior and way of speaking to the person with whom it is interacting accordingly. It is possible to communicate with Pepper in various ways, such as through sound and touch.