Princess Sumaya University for Technology has signed a cooperation agreement with the Naua Platform, an initiative of the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF). The platform was established in partnership with the private sector in the field of volunteering and community service. The agreement aims to introduce students to the Naua Platform and its charitable projects, to encourage their participation in volunteer work.
The agreement was signed on behalf of PSUT by President Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, while Mr. Ahmed Al Zoubi, CEO of the CPF, represented the platform. Attending the meeting were Dr. Tamam Mango, CEO of the CPF, Eng. Bassam Al Taani, Vice President for Operations and Assistant to the President at the Royal Scientific Society, Dr. Nabeel Al-Fayoumi, Technology Advisor to HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan at the RSS, and Eng. Ruba Al-Zubi, Advisor to the President for Science Policy and Program Management at the RSS. Also in attendance were the deans of PSUT’s Schools, the Director of the e-Learning Center Dr. Adiy al-Tweissi, the head of the University’s Community Service Office Mr. Mohammed Kharoub, and the accompanying delegation from the Naua Platform.
Prof. Al-Refai emphasized the University’s commitment to extracurricular activities through the provision of all possible support. He pointed out that PSUT has excelled on all fronts as a technology institute, giving examples of how the University has introduced quality programs at the local and regional levels, shone in a wide range of student competitions, and successfully created a strong international network. PSUT has also given support to extracurricular activities that focus on community service by establishing a Community Service Office to deal with such extracurricular activities, believing that they have a profound impact on PSUT students by getting them involved in community issues. Prof. Al-Refai praised the efforts of the Naua Platform in serving the community and its role in contributing to the implementation of voluntary projects, which has a positive impact on society.
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 40 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. Ahmed Al Zoubi, CEO of the Naua Platform, stressed the importance of partnership with the higher education sector as an essential part of the mission to guide the energies of young people towards community volunteering, which serves to enhance their skills and life experiences. He pointed out the importance of the role of universities as a major incubator for young people that provides them with the best levels of education and equips them to play a role in maintaining and building their local communities.