Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 08:45
Under the patronage and supervision of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the Jordanian team won the bronze medal in the 32nd International Olympiad in Informatics, which was held by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), via visual communication technology. 360 competitors participated, representing 89 countries. The winning student was Wesam Nasser from King Abdullah II School for Excellence in Zarqa.
PSUT's President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winner, also praising the members of the team and the efforts of the Supervisory Committee. He pointed out that the University, under the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, works to support creative students in the Kingdom, and provides them with a fertile environment that promotes distinction and achievement.
Al-Refai stated that PSUT formed an academic committee of faculty members to participate in selecting the members of the Olympiad team. and held training courses for them, with all the equipment for the competition. Al-Refai added that, over the years, PSUT has recruited many students who have obtained top positions in such competitions, and offered them scholarships in order to encourage them to perform well and excel.
The Dean of PSUT's King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, said that participation in the Olympiad raises students' level in programming, and encourages their spirit of competition. In turn, the Chairman of the National Committee for the Jordanian Olympiad in Informatics, Dr. Muwaffaq Al-Hanandeh, praised the great role played by the University in achieving a victory that will further draw young people to enter new fields in computer science, and provide them with new platforms for exchanging ideas and expertise.
The team's supervising committee consisted of the Dean of King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, international arbitrator Dr. Ammar Odeh, laboratory supervisor Hammam Alakhras and student Muhammad Al-Kilani. The participating team comprised the winning student, Wesam Nasser, Malik Sadaqah from Al-Radwan Schools, Muhammad Saad from the Modern Systems School, and Nour Al-Shamaila from Princess Basma Secondary School for Girls.
It is worth noting that Jordan participated for the first time in the Olympiad in 2003, and returned to participate in 2014 through a group of students and university professors, in cooperation with the Jordanian Programmers Association. The Olympiad, which was introduced for the first time in 1987, is one of the world's most well-known computer science and informatics competitions for participants from 6 to 20 years old, and is organized in one of the member countries of the International Informatics Committee.