Acting on behalf of the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the Vice President of the University, Prof. Mohammad Sababheh, inaugurated the proceedings of the National Conference “Harmonization between Study Programs at Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Labor Market Requirements”. The fourth edition of this event, bearing the subtitle of "Skills Development to Support Graduation Certificates", was held via audio-visual communication technology, with a wide participation of representatives of the public and private sectors, and local and international institutions and companies.
In his speech, Prof. Sababheh said that PSUT had forged forward with organizing this interactive conference believing in the importance of building bridges of cooperation with the public and private sectors. A further aim of the conference is to develop and improve the outputs of the University’s work, in line with the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, regarding the need to keep pace with technological changes, and to seek fruitful networking with local, regional and international institutions and companies.
Sababheh added, "We are looking forward to benefiting from your feedback to develop and improve our teaching plans and training programs, in a way that contributes to bridging the growing gap between academia and industry.” He emphasized that it is PSUT’s mission to graduate students who are academically and practically qualified and equipped with all the skills that qualify them to enter and enrich the labor market.
The Dean of Admissions and Registration at PSUT, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Al-Saidi, said that the conference constitutes a milestone for Arab universities, stressing PSUT's leadership role in interaction and partnership with local and international institutions and companies to develop their curricula.
The advisor to the Secretary-General of the Civil Service Bureau, Amjad Namoura, stressed the need to change the concept of traditional education and move to applied education, calling on university graduates to enroll in training courses that serve to enhance their capabilities and hone their practical skills.
The president of PSUT’s Alumni Association, Eng. Khalil Wahhab, praised the University’s role in supporting its students and alumni, calling on students to focus on and develop their personal skills in addition to strengthening their grasp on their specializations and working on improving their academic and practical capabilities.
Dr. Laith Al-Atoum, representing the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, alluded to the importance of developing the competitive advantage of university graduates, and encouraging them to take part in practical training projects.
The Director of the Ministry of Labor’s Employment Department, Dr. Awn Al-Nahar, stated that the general employment policy links the needs of the labor market with the outputs of education in accordance with the principle of partnership between the public and private sectors, noting its success in reducing the gap between the outputs of academia and industry.
The representative of Orange, Eng. Rana Dababneh, renewed the company's commitment to the concept of training for employment by giving Jordanian men and women the opportunity to obtain specialized technical training in the areas most in demand in the labor market. She stated the intent to continue Orange’s active partnerships with PSUT, as well as offering support to entrepreneurial projects in the field of digital solutions, pointing out the importance of studying sectors with a future in the Kingdom and guiding young people to excel in them.
Abdul Basit Mahmoud Saleh, a member of the Engineers Association, said that the gap is obvious between the Engineering study plans and the competencies and skills demanded in the various fields of work, in addition to the required professional ethics, and their alignment with the requirements and degrees of accreditation and professional qualification.
During the conference sessions, extensive discussions took place and observations were made, resulting in a number of recommendations that serve to achieve the desired goals behind the organization of this meeting.
It is noteworthy that nearly 90% of PSUT graduates find job opportunities during the first six months after their graduation. The University has worked hard to develop a range of quality programs unique to Jordan, such as Bachelor’s degrees in e-Marketing and Social Media, Computer Graphics and Animation, Network and Information Security Engineering, Electrical Power and Energy Engineering, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity. At the Master's level, there are programs in Data Science, Information Security and Digital Criminology, Enterprise Systems Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Business Analysis, Engineering Management (run in conjunction with the University of Arizona, USA), Intelligent and Computer Systems Engineering. Also on offer is a PhD. program in Computer Science.
PSUT has also achieved unprecedented successes, such as obtaining five stars in all categories of the QS Stars Global Rating, in addition to becoming the first Jordanian university to ever obtain the international AACSB accreditation.