At the beginning of each academic year, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, meets with the University’s outstanding students in a gesture of good will. During the meeting, he informs them about PSUT’s strategic plans, and gets them involved in making decisions that will further their excellence and academic achievement, as well as identifying any difficulties they may face.
The meeting with 216 outstanding students, those with a ranking of ‘Excellent’ from all Schools and disciplines, comes in line with the University administration's directives regarding quality assurance and within the initiatives of the Talented Students Office, which is working on building a database of outstanding students.
Prof. Al-Refai expressed his pride in the outstanding students, confirming that they are one of the groups that the PSUT administration is keen to hold dialogue with, because of their effective role in developing the curriculum and study plans based on networking with the industry sector. Al-Refai pointed out that 56% of the University’s programs cannot be found at any of its sister universities.
Al-Refai went on to review PSUT's progress, talking about its local and international achievements, and the international accreditations it has obtained. He also praised the role of the outstanding students in adding to its successes. He mentioned the University’s Training and Consultancy Center, and the open training service offered to students at academic and community institutions and teaching centers, to help them to obtain the skills that will facilitate their entry into the labor market.
The meeting was organized by PSUT’s Talented Students Office as one of the activities of Academic Advising Week. It was attended by the deans of the Schools, and a number of faculty members, and a debate was held on the importance of academic excellence. The first meeting of this kind was convened at the beginning of the last academic year, 2018/19.