HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, officiated over the ceremony held for the University’s 25th graduating class, the Silver Jubilee class. The event took place at Prince Hamzah Sports Hall in Al Hussein Youth City and was attended by the Board of Trustees and the guest of honor, Dr. Mahmoud Aweidah.
In her speech, Her Highness congratulated the graduates and their families, asserting that, with this new wave of graduates, the University presents to the homeland and its ruling monarch a blessed gathering of our sons and daughters, who represent the treasure of Jordan and its true wealth. The Princess went on to thank everyone who contributed to this achievement.
Her Highness recalled the founding of the University, which was originally launched as the academic branch of the Royal Scientific Society, with the aim of achieving the mission set by its founder and patron, the Prince of Science, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The Princess commended the ceremony’s guest of honor for his tremendous efforts in raising PSUT to the prestigious status it currently holds.
Addressing the graduates’ families, Her Highness said that, as a mother of four children she is aware of how hard parents work to help their children to arrive at these joyous moments.
Her Highness concluded by telling the graduates: “The University is proud of you, just as you are proud of it. Remember that, as of today, you not only represent yourself, but also bear the name of a university which is a leader in technology and renowned for its outstanding achievements. Be good ambassadors on its behalf, and work towards realizing the aspirations and dreams of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, for the sake of our precious Jordanian citizens and in service of our dear homeland.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, welcomed those in attendance, congratulating the students and their families on this happy occasion. He added, “We are reaping the benefits of a journey which is clear for all to see. None of this would have been possible without the guidance and vision of the Chair of PSUT’s Board of Trustees, who leads the parade and carries the flag of knowledge.”
Prof. Al-Refai reviewed the University’s most notable achievements. Firstly, PSUT has ranked first for five consecutive years in the general level of the University Proficiency Exam. Secondly, the University has gained a six-year extension from the US accreditation organization, ABET. PSUT was crowned champion of the Middle East and Africa at the ACM Programming Competition, and students gained third place globally in the Huawei ICT skills competition. A team from PSUT took first place in the International Debating Championship held in Qatar, defeating Harvard in one of the rounds. Only a few days ago, a team from the University achieved second place globally in Dell EMC’s “Envision the Future” Competition.
As a parting piece of advice to the graduates, Prof. Al-Refai urged them to strive for everything which is right and good. He concluded by saying, “God bless you and guide your footsteps. God keep Jordan strong and secure in the shadow of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein.”
During the ceremony, the guest of honor was presented with a shield, and prizes were awarded to the top students of each School, those who got the highest marks in the Proficiency Exam, the teams that won in various competitions, and the winner of the Princess Sumaya Award, Khalil Haddadin. Her Highness also presented awards to faculty members; the Award for Best Researcher was granted to Dr. Ghazi Al-Naymat, Dr. Abdullah Qusef, and Dr. Majd Batarseh, while the Award for Best Teacher was received by Nailah Al-Madi, Dr. Omar al-Obeidi, and Dr. Mohammed Khasawneh.
Students Omar Al-Daboubi and Taima Al-Hiari were the valedictorians and thanked HRH Princess Sumaya bint El-Hassan and the University for all the academic and moral support that was given during the graduates’ years of study.