The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, met with a group of the University’s outstanding students in an initiative that is the first of its kind among Jordanian universities. This is one of a number of new initiatives undertaken within the plan of the Deanship of Admissions and Registration’s Gifted Students Office aimed at getting outstanding students involved in decision-making at the University. This involves sharing with them future plans and directives, and listening to their opinions and suggestions. The Gifted Students Office seeks to build a database of outstanding students, chosen due to their excellent academic records, with a view to sharing more information with them, thus widening their role in contributing to the University’s strategic planning and getting involved in decision-making. They will also be able to assist the administration by identifying some of the difficulties they face.
The meeting, one of the activities of Academic Advising Week, was attended by a group of outstanding PSUT students, the deans of the Schools, and a number of faculty members.
President Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai reviewed the University's progress, its international accreditations, the strategic plan, and the role of outstanding students in enriching the experience and furthering the successes that the University has achieved, and continues to achieve. He also emphasized the importance of the meeting and the active role that outstanding students have to play in everyday university life and future planning. Prof. Al-Refai said that it was important to hear their suggestions regarding curriculum development, in addition to getting students involved in many of the committees formed by the University administration. He said that it was also necessary to involve graduates of the University and hear their comments as to how far the curricula and study plans meet the demands of the labor market, especially considering that some of PSUT’s academic Schools have gained international accreditation, as Jordan is in need of high quality distinguished graduates with advanced skills. Through its training center, the University offers an open training service for local academic and community institutions and educational centers that can provide students with everything they need to develop modern technology skills.
During the meeting, the students expressed their suggestions as well as listening to what the deans of the Schools had to say about the importance of academic excellence and achieving high academic results.