During a two-day reception for new students at the start of the 2018/19 academic year, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, reviewed the University's outstanding record in offering world-class quality programs and obtaining international accreditation for its programs, all of which serves to realize the University's mission regarding leadership and innovation. Another distinguishing feature of PSUT is the creation of several joint programs with prestigious American and European universities. The University has also received EU support for 36 projects, as well as being the grant holder for six of those projects.
The reception was attended by the two Vice Presidents, the Deans of the Schools, and the Deans of Admissions and Registration and Student Affairs. President Al-Refai explained that PSUT is the only university in Jordan that conducts an entrance examination in all disciplines to select outstanding students which helps to improve the quality of PSUT graduates, a fact which is proven by their presence in various fields at home and abroad. Notably, students from the University have taken part in training in the US space agency (NASA), the aviation manufacturers Airbus, the Japanese electronics company Toshiba, in addition to working in various global technology companies such as Huawei and Facebook. Prof. Al-Refai noted that numerous PSUT students had won prizes in local, regional and international competitions, particularly in programming competitions, which contributed to the excellent reputation of this University and the growing demand for its graduates. Many PSUT students get jobs before they finish their studies, and the percentage of graduates who find employment within six months of graduation has reached 89%, and in some disciplines 20% of students secure employment prior to graduation.
To conclude his speech, Prof. Al-Refai gave the students advice on studying, commitment to lectures, communication with instructors and academic tutors in particular, adherence to rules and regulations, adherence to instructors’ office hours, the need to obtain information from the correct source, and correct behavior when receiving guests and visiting delegations at the University.
He also stressed the need to participate in academic and extracurricular activities and to take part in local community service. He pointed to periodic meetings that are held 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 from 2 till 4 pm every Thursday in his office to meet students to talk about any issues they may have.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Rami Salem gave a detailed explanation of the duties and services offered by the Deanship, as well 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 and Master's levels, especially the PhD program offered by the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences. They also discussed the available means by which students can communicate with their instructors within each School. The new students were introduced to the members of the Student Council.
The meeting ended with the new students taking an orientation tour of the University facilities and buildings, led by the Student Council and some of the University staff.