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PSUT receives “five stars” in the international QS Stars Ratings in the field of distance learning

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 10:15

 

Princess Sumaya University for Technology has received five stars in the international QS Stars Ratings in the field of e-learning. The evaluation is based on the students’ engagement with their instructors in interactive lectures, the services and technology provided by the university, the export of services and the exchange of expertise, and the commitment to the development and sustainability of e-learning.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, congratulated the members of the faculty, administrative staff and students, stressing the importance of this achievement in supporting the University’s global competitiveness, and the need to build on it and invest it to serve PSUT’s future aspirations.

PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, praised the achievement, which constitutes a milestone that crowned the University’s efforts in the field of e-learning, whose roots go back to 2006. He pointed out that PSUT established its e-Learning Center in 2016 to be a major driver of the e-learning process in its various programs.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, stated that the achievement supports the University's progress in developing its curricula, and provides great opportunities for scientific research in the ICT revolution.

The Director of the e-Learning Center, Dr. Adiy Tweissi, indicated that development plans are currently being implemented to include infrastructure, software development, assessment methods, controlled tests, skills development and capacity building for instructors and students, and entering the global competition with quality programs.

The Director of PSUT’s Center for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Dr. Ammar Al-Rashdan, stated that this new gain is added to a series of international accreditations obtained by the University in order to achieve its vision of improving the academic and administrative processes in accordance with the requirements of local and international quality and accreditation systems.

The QS Stars Ratings is a system that serves to assess the performance of universities around the world. It was developed by the QS Intelligence Unit in 2010, and it provides more in-depth and accurate assessments by adopting a set of criteria including teaching and scientific research, employment at the university, social responsibility, the standard of universality and comprehensiveness, and facilities that reflect the quality of services, as well as the facilities available to students, and the standard of community service.

Last year, PSUT was awarded five stars, at one go, and in all the international QS Stars Rating categories, to be the first Jordanian university to receive this high rating, without going through its gradual stages, from three to five. It is also the first university in the region to obtain five stars for each of the evaluation categories.

Notably, PSUT, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2021, ranked first locally and 15th out of 1,300 universities in the Arab region, in the criterion of the ratio of the number of published research papers to the number of faculty members. All of the University’s Schools have received international accreditation: King Talal School of Business Technology has been granted membership of the AACSB, while King Abdullah II School of Engineering and King Hussein School of Computing Sciences both hold ABET accreditation.