During a special two-day orientation at the start of the 2019/20 academic year, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, met with the newly-enrolled students at the University. The meeting reflects PSUT’s conviction that the student is the focus of the learning process.
The reception was attended by the two Vice Presidents, the Deans of the Schools, and the Deans of Admissions and Registration and Student Affairs. After welcoming the students and expressing his hope that they emulate the excellence displayed by their University, Prof. Al-Refai highlighted the fact that PSUT is the only university in Jordan to conduct an entrance exam in all disciplines to select outstanding students. He added that this practice has raised the standard of graduates, and contributed to the growing demand for them in the labor market. PSUT graduates enjoy a good reputation both at home and abroad, and many of them secure employment prior to graduation.
Al-Refai also impressed upon the students the value of participating in academic and extracurricular activities and of taking an active role in local community service through the Gifted Students Office. He pointed out that the University administration holds periodic meetings with students to involve them in the making of University policy and improving student services by listening to their problems and suggestions. Prof. Al-Refai promised to devote two hours of his time every Thursday to meeting with students in his office.
Prof. Al-Refai gave the students advice on good study practices, commitment to attending lectures, communication with instructors and academic tutors in particular, adherence to rules and regulations, observance of instructors’ office hours, the need to obtain information from the correct source, and correct behavior when receiving guests and visiting delegations at the University.
The Dean of Student Affairs explained in detail the duties and services offered by the Deanship, as well as presenting the extracurricular activities and student clubs that students may wish to join to enhance their talents. The Deans of the various Schools provided detailed descriptions of their respective Schools, the objectives and teaching programs offered at the undergraduate, Master's and doctorate levels. They also discussed the means by which students can communicate with their instructors within each School. The new students were introduced to the members of the Student Council who accompanied them on a tour of the University facilities after the end of the meeting.