HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, met on Tuesday afternoon, through visual communication technology, the University students who won the World Championship and the teams that achieved advanced positions in the IEEEXtreme International Programming Competition. Also in attendance at the meeting were the President of the University, the members of the Deans’ Council, and the Director of Public Relations.
Her Highness expressed her great pride in the victorious students for bringing the name of Jordan to the forefront on the global level through their historic achievement. She also thanked the President of the University, members of the faculty and administration, the students, their supervisors and their trainers for their sincere and dedicated efforts.
Her Highness congratulated the University on being awarded five stars in all axes of the QS Stars Ratings. The Princess affirmed that she would continue to lend all her support to the University and student clubs, and emphasized the need to work on developing the spirit of global competition among students, and giving them every opportunity to hone their academic and practical skills.
The President of the University, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, thanked Her Royal Highness for her continuous support to the students, recalling that Her Highness was directly monitoring the progress of the participating teams during the 24-hour competition, which raised their resolve and strengthened their determination to obtain the high ranking they deserved.
The President indicated that winning such a large competition supports the University’s endeavor to achieve global competitiveness, and places it firmly in the ranks of the most prestigious universities.
PSUT won first place in the world, outperforming major international universities and institutes such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Illinois, Canada's McGill University, and the University of California / Berkeley through the team Aurora consisting of Muhammad Abu Abboud, Hamza Zagha, and Motasem Al-Kayed who are all studying in the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences.
Additionally, the team competing under the name ‘maxFlowWhiteBeard’, comprising students Abdullah Al-Mansour, Muhammad Al-Kilani, and Ahmed Jaber, took tenth place. ‘Fractured but Whole’ with students Omar Al-Asir, Ahmed Hamouda, and Laith Al-Saqqa took 78th place. ‘Golden Wind’, consisting of Amal Taha, Dima Arafat, Abdulaziz Hamdan, took 79th place. The ‘PSUT Shadow’ team consisting of: Shahd Al-Mishni, Zeina Al-Mishni, and Hamzah Ziada took 101st place. All teams prepare under the supervision, training and follow-up of the School’s Dean, Dr. Ashraf Ahmed, and Dr. Firas Ghanem.
PSUT won second and third places in the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application in 2020, in addition to winning the gold and bronze medals in the Arab Programming Competition for the Middle East and Africa with the participation of 1500 contestants representing 200 educational institutions from 30 countries in the spring of this year. The University also won the title of champion of the MENA region in ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) 2018.