Princess Sumaya University for Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Turkish University of Gaziantep with the aim of working together, particularly in engineering programs, graduate studies (Masters, PhD) and the development of e-learning courses.
The agreement was signed on behalf of PSUT by its President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, while his counterpart, Prof. Dr. Ali Gul, represented Gaziantep University. The signing ceremony was attended by PSUT’s Vice President, Dr. Ghaith Al Rabadi, the deans of the University’s Schools and the Director of the International Relations Office, Dr. Radhi Hammadeen. Also present was the Vice President of Gaziantep University, Prof. Dr. Sheikh Musa Demir.
Prof. Al-Refai opened the meeting by welcoming the visiting delegation. He then expressed the University's wish to open up channels of cooperation between the two parties and to carry out joint work in the fields of teaching and scientific research. Prof. Al-Refai also 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 new programs, most notably the Master of Data Science. The University has received EU support for 38 projects and is 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.
Prof. Al-Refai emphasized the necessity of setting up an active cooperation between the two parties, and the benefits to be gained from Gaziantep University’s location in an industrial city. The students undergo training in the surrounding factories as a graduation requirement, while academic faculty members provide them with consulting services.
Prof. Al-Refai agreed with the visiting delegation on the importance of there being a faculty member in each factory in order to further academic research and support it with practical experience, as happens under an existing initiative in Jordan.
President of Ghaziantep University, Prof. Dr. Ali Gul, praised PSUT’s reputation, which worked to prompt the desire to strengthen relations and means of cooperation between the two parties. His institution hopes to benefit from PSUT’s expertise in international affairs and joint programs, and the exchange of published materials, scientific research works and projects of shared interest.
Prof. Ali gave an introduction to Gaziantep University and the programs it offers, which are taught in Arabic, Turkish and English. The university also publishes the first international scientific journal in the Arabic language. Dr. Radhi Hammadeen indicated the possibility of implementing exchange programs between the two parties for both students and members of the teaching and administrative bodies. These would take place under the Turkish Mawlana Project which aims to strengthen relations between Turkey and the Arab countries as the start of cooperation between the two sides.