The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, said that, since its inception, the University has adopted social responsibility as a national and moral duty, to go alongside its role as a center of academic enlightenment. PSUT, under the guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees, believes in the strategy of "the university without walls", which is open to society and forms partnerships with the institutions in wider society in order to fuel its progress and well-being.
On the occasion of the International Day of Social Responsibility, which fell on the 25th of this month, Al-Refai added that universities have no future in the world if they fail to act in a socially responsible way. He emphasized that this characteristic should be top priority for universities seeking to maximize their potential through study programs, scientific research, and studies to deal with vital societal issues. The university’s role should be demonstrated through intercultural dialogue, open access to knowledge for all, humanitarian projects, entrepreneurship, and vocational training.
The president stated that PSUT, for example, has helped to set up schools in the Zaatari camp. It has also worked in cooperation with Bath University in the UK on the "Suitable housing for refugees living in difficult climatic conditions" project. A further project saw the establishment of the "Light of Knowledge" library in the Zaatari camp in cooperation with the Jordanian Library and Information Association. PSUT has also worked in cooperation with the international organization "Kiron", to provide online courses for Syrian refugees.
The president stated that PSUT, with its belief in the promotion of the culture of positivity, has participated in a unique experience in the fields of constructive intellectual dialogue, illustrated by the victory of its Debate team at the World Debating Tournament held in Qatar.
The president stated that PSUT has held cybersecurity training workshops for government agencies, built software solutions for government agencies and non-profit agencies, held courses in network design, construction and maintenance, as well as participating in the Jordan Olympiad in Informatics competitions and the Jordanian Collegiate Programming Contest.
Al-Refai indicated that PSUT has established a database that includes all Master's theses and made them available to the public, and has also responded to the initiative of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, for online university teaching, ‘Educate Yourself’. The University also began broadcasting its lectures in all academic courses, making them available to all students of Jordanian public and private universities, at the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis.
Al-Refai pointed out that the University established the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship in 2004 to help develop technological entrepreneurship in Jordan, sponsored the Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition open to universities, businessmen and professionals from various sectors, and organizes the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week event to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among the Jordanian community, with the focus on the younger generation.
The president concluded his speech by saying that the University has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture within the framework of the national afforestation project. PSUT will start establishing and caring for a forest in the name of the University in line with its ‘One Student, One Tree’ initiative, and as a contribution to the concept of a green Jordan.