The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE), located at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, signed a cooperation agreement with Electronic Health Solutions (EHS), represented by its teaching arm of Hakeem Academy. The agreement aims at providing support to the winners of the annual Hakeem Academy Competition for Jordanian Universities, which is concerned with the field of health informatics.
The agreement was signed on behalf of PSUT by its president, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, while EHS was represented by its CEO, Engineer Firas Kamal. Also present at the signing were the Vice Presidents of PSUT, the Director of QRCE, Mr. Mohammed Obeidat, and the Director of the University’s Office of International Relations. Also attending on behalf of EHS were Director of Hakeem Academy, Mr. Yousef Obeidat, Ms. Layal Al Otaibi of Hakeem Academy, Mr. Yazan Asfour and Mr. Fadi Abu Shariah of the Marketing and Communication Department at EHS.
Prof. Al-Refai highlighted the importance of this cooperation, which stems from PSUT's keenness to strengthen the true partnership between educational institutions and the private sector. Thus, QRCE pledged to adopt and support the top three entrepreneurial startup ideas in the field of health informatics to emerge from the Hakeem Academy Competition for Jordanian Universities. Those projects that meet the specified criteria will gain the necessary support to bring them into reality.
Prof. Al-Refai gave a detailed presentation about PSUT, its academic programs and international activities, especially the joint programs with a number of international universities. He reviewed the University's progress and its outstanding efforts in moving the Kingdom’s ICT sector forward by providing highly-qualified graduates, equipped with the academic and technical skills needed to work anywhere in the world. This is evident in the fact that 89% of PSUT graduates quickly find employment in various sectors. In addition, the University has introduced pioneering new programs, as well as receiving EU support for 38 projects, being the grant holder for five of those projects. This has had a positive impact on the entire University, from its students to the members of the teaching and administrative bodies, through networking with European universities and benefiting from their experiences.
Mr. Mohammed Obeidat, Director of QRCE, pointed out that the Center has allowed the qualifiers to the second stage of the Hakeem Competition to participate in its training camp, which teaches participants how to prepare work plans and financial plans which will turn their ideas into successful entrepreneurial projects. After the close of the competition, the top three winners will have their projects adopted by the Center.
Eng. Firas Kamal said how important this cooperation is, since it aims to enable the winning projects in the Hakeem Academy Competition to be incubated and developed into projects that serve the health sector in the Kingdom. This will contribute to bridging the gap between the education and health sectors, in line with the company's vision of improving health care in Jordan.
It is notable that this agreement will enable those students who win the annual Hakeem Academy Competition for Jordanian Universities to participate in the annual training programs held by the Center which lend support to startup ideas, working on them at the Center to build their capabilities. The overall aim is to help young Jordanian entrepreneurs to promote their own projects, achieve their ambitions, and participate in serving their communities.