In the first achievement of its kind, Princess Sumaya University for Technology has won first and second places in the Arab world and Africa in the Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC). The event was held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with the participation of 100 teams. With this win, PSUT qualifies for the international finals to be held in Russia.
The first-placed PSUT team, competing under the name ‘Aurora’, comprised of students Mohammed Abu Abboud, Moatasem Al Kayed, and Hamza Zagha. The team that took second place, named ‘3legs’, was made up of Mohammed Al Kilani, Ahmed Jaber, and Abdullah Darwish. The teams were coached by Dr. Ashraf Qaddoumi and Dr. Firas Al-Ghanim.
PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the two winning teams and their coaches on their excellent achievement. He expressed his happiness at PSUT becoming the first Jordanian University to achieve this accomplishment, and the first Arab and Jordanian university in the history of the competition to take both first and second place. He praised the students’ efforts and their continuing enthusiasm to participate in competitions that support their academic careers, and hone their practical skills.
Prof. Al-Refai pointed out that the competition aimed to develop the talents and build the programming capabilities of the students of the IT School, and to enhance their creativity. He noted that it targets students of any of the University’s disciplines, and presents them with challenges of time management, task assignation, and working as a team.
Al-Refai praised the role of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, and her strong directives to support students to achieve leadership and excellence at the local and international levels, and motivate them to participate in activities, events, and national and international competitions All of this enriches and strengthens their knowledge, especially in the areas of programming and information technology.
Notably, Dr. Qaddoumi founded the ACM Club at PSUT in the academic year 2010-2011 with a view to promoting a culture of programming. The University has made distinguished progress in becoming a leading university, competing with universities with greater financial possibilities.
The ACM’s ACPC is the first international university competition, organized by the ICPC Foundation at Baylor University since 1977, and sponsored by ACM and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).