Princess Sumaya University for Technology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Applied Science Private University, aimed at cooperation in the exchange of knowledge and experiences between faculty members and students.
The agreement was signed on behalf of PSUT by the President of the University, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, while the Applied Science University was represented by its president, Prof. Mahfouz Joudah. Also present at the signing were Vice President, Prof. Arafat Awajan, Prof. Ghaith Al-Rabadi, and Director of the International Relations Office, Dr. Radhi Hammadeen.
Prof. Al-Refai emphasized the desire for a true partnership and academic cooperation in the form of the unification and harmonization of the two parties’ potentials, in order to achieve the best results at all levels of cooperation, especially in extracurricular activities. It was agreed that each university would benefit from the laboratories available at the partner institution.
Prof. Al-Refai gave a detailed presentation about PSUT, its academic programs and international activities, especially the joint programs with a number of international universities. He reviewed the University's progress and its outstanding efforts in moving the Kingdom’s ICT sector forward by providing highly-qualified graduates, equipped with the academic and technical skills needed to work anywhere in the world. This is evident in the fact that 89% of PSUT graduates quickly find employment in various sectors. In addition, the University has introduced pioneering new programs, as well as receiving EU support for 38 projects, being the grant holder for five of those projects. This has had a positive impact on the entire University, from its students to the members of the teaching and administrative bodies, through networking with European universities and benefiting from their experiences.
Prof. Mahfouz Joudah, President of the Applied Science University, praised PSUT’s reputation, which prompted the desire to strengthen relations and means of cooperation between the two parties. His institution hopes to benefit from PSUT’s expertise and experience in setting up international joint programs.
Prof. Joudah said that the Applied Science Private University is steadily moving towards a new level of excellence and success. It recently obtained a 4-star rating according to the QS Stars University Ratings, becoming the first private Arab university to do so. The university also obtained the Quality Assurance Certificate – Gold Standard, issued by the Accreditation & Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions. The Faculty of Engineering was awarded ABET accreditation, and the Faculty of Pharmacy was recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), as well as being honored with a Gold Standard Certificate of Quality Assurance.
He expressed the hope that this agreement would be fully exploited to serve the education process and contribute to improving the output of the Kingdom’s educational institutions.