Princess Sumaya University for Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Ahliya University to open avenues of cooperation to work together in the fields of education and scientific research.
The agreement was signed on behalf of PSUT by the President of the University, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, while Palestine Ahliya University was represented by Prof. Awni Al-Khatib. Also present at the signing were Vice President of PSUT, the deans of the Schools, and Director of the International Relations Office, Dr. Radhi Hammadeen. Also among the delegation from Palestine Ahliya University were Vice President Dr. Imad Al-Zair, and the Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Dr. Labib Arafa.
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 new programs, most notably the Master of Data Science. The University has received EU support for 38 projects and is 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. Al-Refai pointed out the importance of strengthening the cultural aspect between the two parties through the establishment of lectures, seminars, scientific conferences, various training courses in areas of shared interest, in addition to holding workshops in the fields of IT and engineering.
President of Palestine Ahliya University, Prof. Awni Al-Khatib, 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 in quality assurance and accreditation, international accreditation international joint programs, and the exchange of published materials, scientific research works and projects of shared interest.
He also presented a brief about Palestine Ahliya University and its available programs. He expressed his wish to establish joint research teams with the aim of improving the quality of the disciplines taught by both institutions.