Prof. Arafat Awajan, Vice President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, inaugurated the introductory workshop to the Technology Innovation Pioneers (TIP) Awards. This is a global initiative, launched by the Ministry of Economy and the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi in 2019. The event was hosted by the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) at PSUT with the overriding aim being to promote innovative ideas leading to technological solutions in the fields of the environment and health.
In his inaugural address, Prof. Arafat said that the establishment of QRCE at the University is a clear affirmation of the push to establish a culture of entrepreneurship among creative young people, and an effective initiative aimed at stimulating their potential, as well as those of other members of Jordanian society. The Center helps individuals who have innovative and creative ideas to turn them into successful economic projects within the technology field, thus turning their ideas into reality. Therefore, since its establishment, PSUT has set its sights on realizing the concepts of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, which is partly to be seen in the pioneering programs implemented by the University through the Center. It is also evident in the University’s striving to apply advanced technology at the academic level, its unique, high-quality teaching programs, and how it endeavors to apply knowledge at a practical level. The creation of the Innovation Lab at the King Abdullah II School of Engineering, the opening of a similar laboratory at QRCE, and the creation of the Master’s of Entrepreneurship and other such programs, gives a true illustration of the University’s application of the concepts of entrepreneurship and technology.
Therefore, PSUT long since set its goals of launching high quality and innovative educational programs in the fields of IT, engineering and business, laying the foundations for furthering scientific research in modern technology fields, and playing their role in promoting innovation and transfer of technology in order to develop the Jordanian economy. The University has made great strides in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, and, with God’s good grace, will remain, under the guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, a shining beacon to enlighten all those who follow this path, and a place where all entrepreneurs and innovators can find support.
The introductory workshop concentrated on a number of topics, instructing the attending innovators how to take advantage of the opportunities available. The workshop was addressed by TIP representatives, Mr. Ahmed Abdul Wahab, one of the sponsors of the award, and Mr. Ibrahim Al-Hatami, Director of the Technology Innovation Pioneers Initiative. There were also panel discussions on the themes of the competition, the ideas covered therein, the registration procedures, the signing of a contract, entering the labor market, obtaining funding to develop the project, offering solutions and ideas on a global level, and having the opportunity to speak with the competition representatives from the UAE, after having the innovation evaluated and approved.