The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, opened the second European MEDACCR project workshop under the title "Building a Quality Control System based on European Accreditation of Engineering Programs (EUR-ACE)”. The project is supervised by PSUT, and the three-day workshop was held jointly at the PSUT and JUST campuses. The focus was on Jordan's higher education system and its position in relation to international and local quality standards for engineering programs.
Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai welcomed the participants before giving a summary about PSUT, its excellent achievements, and its links with numerous international universities. He underlined the importance of the MEDACCR project and PSUT’s role as project manager in Jordan. The aim of the project is to develop and implement an on-line quality assurance system, in addition to establishing an academic accreditation system for engineering disciplines in the region. Prof. Al-Refai pointed out that PSUT focuses on the international dimension, and has consequently obtained ABET accreditation for three of its Engineering programs and another program in Computer Science, and is currently seeking to obtain AACSB accreditation for Business programs. The University has also received EU support for 38 projects, with PSUT acting as grant holder for 5 of those projects. These projects assist the exchange of expertise between European and Arab universities. Prof Al-Refai expressed his hope that the workshop would be a success.
Prof. Walid Salameh, the Project Manager, emphasized the existing strong relationship between PSUT and European countries in the transfer and exchange of expertise. He also stressed the importance of the workshop, which addressed numerous topics, including: a study of Jordan’s higher education system and how far it meets international and local quality standards; academic accreditation of engineering programs; Jordan's strategy regarding accreditation of engineering teaching programs; the implementation of academic accreditation centers in Jordanian universities and how they can benefit from this workshop; learning about the experiences of others, especially the Europeans, in the field of academic accreditation; the creation of a study system for engineering disciplines; working on the provision of outstanding world-class educational competencies; and how to graduate students who are equipped for success in the international market.
The workshop was attended by the University of Genoa in Italy, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto in Portugal, the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC), the Jordanian Engineers Association, PSUT, and JUST.