In a new historic achievement, PSUT snatches first place in the world in the IEEEXtreme Coding Competition

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 08:45


In the face of unprecedented competition, Princess Sumaya University for Technology snatched first place in the world, in addition to other advanced positions, in the annual IEEEXtreme Programming Competition, which is organized by IEEE. The University came out victorious against a participation of 4,555 teams representing such prestigious international universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Illinois, the University of California, Berkeley from the USA, McGill University from Canada, among others. PSUT has consistently participated in this competition and last year won fourth and sixth places globally, also coming first in the Arab world for six consecutive years.

PSUT came first in the world when 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.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, congratulated the winning teams, blessing their great historic achievement, which consolidates PSUT’s global presence. The Princess praised the efforts of the students and their supervisors, and their continuous endeavors to hone their academic and practical skills, which have helped them to reach such a level of excellence.

PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai said, "This victory brings into reality the vision and aspirations of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of placing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the map of technologically advanced countries." He pointed out that Her Highness was monitoring the participating teams’ progress at first-hand throughout the 24-hour competition, which increased their determination to attain this well-deserved high placing.

The President stated that the importance of the competition lies in encouraging the highly competitive spirit of the University’s students. It also gives them the opportunity to obtain great expertise, stressing that PSUT is now making rapid strides towards achieving global competitiveness.

Of the eleven teams representing PSUT in the competition, the following took advanced positions:

10th place: the team competing under the name ‘maxFlowWhiteBeard’, comprising students Abdullah Al-Mansour, Muhammad Al-Kilani, and Ahmed Jaber.

78th place:  ‘Fractured but Whole’ with students Omar Al-Asir, Ahmed Hamouda, and Laith Al-Saqqa.

79th place: ‘Golden Wind’, consisting of Amal Taha, Dima Arafat, Abdulaziz Hamdan.

101st place: PSUT ‘Shadow’ team component consists of: Shahd Al-Mishni, Zeina Al-Mishni, and Hamzah Ziada.

All teams prepare under the supervision, training and follow-up of the School’s Dean, Dr. Ashraf Ahmed, and Dr. Firas Ghanem.

IEEEXtreme is a global programming competition, in which programmers who are student members of the IEEE organization from all around the world take part. During the competition period, a problem is set every hour for the participants to solve and overcome. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), established in 1963, is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization concerned with developing and innovating the latest electrical and electronics technologies in the world.

Notably, PSUT won 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, and just a few days ago, was awarded five stars in the international QS Stars Ratings.