The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, inaugurated the fourth International Student Festival 2019/2020, an event organized by the University’s Deanship of Student Affairs. Attending the opening were the Iraqi Ambassador to Jordan, Haidar Al-Athari, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Jordan, Aziz Al-Daihani, the Kuwaiti Cultural Attaché in Jordan, Bader Al-Mutairi, and first secretary to the Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Fukuzaki Koji.
Prof. Al-Refai talked about how the University tries to strengthen the ties between its students, and places importance on extracurricular activities that contribute to introducing them to the diverse cultures represented at PSUT. Such events also raise the possibility of increasing the number of international students at the University. This festival reflects the University’s pride in its overseas students as they act as ambassadors for the University and Jordan in their home countries after graduation.
The Dean of Student Affairs pointed out that this festival, which is held annually on campus, plays a strong role in introducing PSUT’s students to various Arab and foreign civilizations and cultures and helps to strengthen the relationship between the students of different nationalities. He pointed out that the exhibition, which is set up within the festival, reflects the University’s pride in its students, because they reflect the University’s distinguished academic reputation.
The festival’s activities included folkloric performances, traditional dabkeh dances, and diverse entertainment from each participating country (Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, the Caucasus, Kuwait, Libya, Yemen, Turkey, Japan, Italy, and Taiwan). Furthermore, unique products from each country, including accessories, handicrafts and traditional foods and sweets were on sale. The Jordanian section presented a fashion show and a bazaar for embroidered goods and traditional accessories, body-painting using henna, and readings of patriotic poetry.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Prof. Al-Refai presented the ambassadors with honors and expressed his pride in their participation and generous support for their students. At the close of the ceremony, he also honored the sponsors and participants in this festival.
Notably, the University currently hosts 320 students of 22 different nationalities from a number of Arab and foreign countries.