Representing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Princess Sumaya University for Technology won first place in the Huawei Middle East Innovation Competition, which was conducted via visual communication technology with the participation of the best universities in the Middle East and Pakistan. PSUT’s victory was achieved by a team from the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, which included Amr Darawsheh, Elena Abu Siam, and Leen Abu al-Shaar, under the supervision of Dr. Ammar Odeh and with the direct support of the Dean of the School, Dr. Ashraf Ahmed, and all of the faculty members.
In the competition, which saw 12 teams from 10 different universities qualify for the finals, the winning PSUT team also took prizes for Best Coach, Best Team, and Best Application, as well as receiving a cash award of 20,000 US dollars.
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of PSUT’s Board of Trustees, congratulated the winners and their supervisor, praising their capabilities and perseverance. Her Highness also congratulated the University on this excellent achievement which firmly establishes its presence regionally and globally. The Princess emphasized that PSUT would continue to strive in all pursuits that serve to raise the University’s status and bring about progress.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, said that the victory realizes the visions and aspirations of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan in placing Jordan on the map of technologically advanced countries. He pointed out that participation in such competitions fuels the competitive spirit of students and gives them the opportunity to have new experiences, and that the University has been pushing at an accelerated pace towards global competition.
The goals of the competition are to prepare a generation of innovators, build a sustainable digital economy based on renewable knowledge, and bridge the gap between educational curricula and the needs of the labor market, which is reflected in providing more job opportunities for PSUT’s graduates.
Huawei held its first ICT competition in the Middle East in 2017, with more than 437 universities and ministries from 20 countries participating so far, with a total number of more than 45,000 contestants, making it the largest university project competition in the Middle East.
Notably, PSUT won first place in the world in the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition, also boasting second and third prizes in the first session of the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Services Application. The University also led a Jordanian team to win first place globally in the Huawei ICT Skills Competition with the participation of 39 countries, represented by 109 teams comprising 327 students. It had previously twice achieved first place locally in the same competition, also taking third in the region three times. Additionally, the University won gold and bronze medals in the Arab Programming Competition for the Middle East and Africa, and the title of Champions of the Middle East and Africa region in the ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) 2018. More recently, PSUT established an academy specializing in the fields of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, in cooperation with Huawei International Corporation, Jordan branch.