Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, and Dr. Brent White, Dean of the University of Arizona’s International Branches, opened a satellite branch of the American university at the PSUT campus. Also in attendance at the opening were the Vice Presidents of PSUT and a number of deans of the University, in addition to a delegation from the University of Arizona. The branch opening is the result of the University’s exemplary work since its establishment in 1991 in the preparation of academic curricula commensurate with modern educational methods aimed at providing a generation of graduates who are both academically and practically equipped to meet the requirements of the global labor market. This reflects the focus of PSUT on the international dimension through the forging of international cooperation agreements, which in turn works to realize the University's policy and the vision of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees of creating a strong network with international universities.
PSUT’s President, Prof. Al-Refai, stated that the start of the 2018/19 academic year saw the introduction at the University of a joint Master's program in Engineering Management, taught at the PSUT campus. Its partner, the University of Arizona, ranks 24th in the world in this specialization. Students taking the program are accredited with two separate Master's degrees from both America and Jordan. In the coming years, the two parties will develop and introduce further joint programs at both the postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and work will be carried out on strengthening academic and research relations between the two sides.
Prof. Al-Refai went on to affirm the positive effects of this cooperation on the University and its students, one of which is to allow the student to complete his studies and work in his home country. Additionally, the agreement helps to provide PSUT students with greater opportunities for acceptance into universities overseas, for a wide range of disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate studies (Masters and PhD). Furthermore, it enhances the exchange of expertise between the two parties, allowing each party to benefit from the other’s educational, administrative and management resources.
Dr. Brent White, Dean of the University of Arizona’s International Branches, praised the importance of this cooperation with PSUT, a fine University that enjoys a good reputation internationally for its taught programs, as well as having obtained international accreditation. The name of PSUT is also carried high by its students who consistently achieve excellent results in international competitions. All of these indicators bode well that the outputs of the cooperation programs will be of the required level.
Beyond the opening ceremony, the visiting delegation from the University of Arizona met with members of the University’s various departments and the deans of the Schools involved in the agreement. Also, a meeting was held with the students enrolled in the Master of Engineering Management program to familiarize them with the University of Arizona and the programs they offer, presenting the joint programs and their positive aspects.