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Conclusion of European Project ELEGANT: Enhancing Teaching, Learning, and Graduate Employability at Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Sep 19, 2023

 Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, inaugurated the final conference of the European project ELEGANT, co-funded by the Erasmus Plus program. The event saw the participation of Prof. Mamoun Al-Debie, Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education, Prof. Thafer Assaraira, Chairman of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions, Prof. Ahmad Abu Elhaija, Director of the National Erasmus Plus office, as well as the ELEGANT project team from European countries, Jordan, and Lebanon, along with deans and directors from participating universities.

Over the next three days, the project will focus on enhancing the teaching and learning experience for students and boosting the employability of graduates by fostering closer collaboration between universities, companies, and the private sector.

Prof. Abu Elhaija, President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, highlighted the university's focus on international networking and fostering local and global collaboration. This supports the university's goal to enhance education quality, provide academic and administrative members with opportunities to gain the experience and exchange knowledge and improve graduate employment prospects by partnering with private sector organizations. These efforts are in line with the university's 2030 strategic plan, which involves collaboration with European and regional colleagues and partners.

Abu Elhaija expressed that the university is committed to maintaining its excellent track record in the fields of computing sciences, engineering, and business technology. The goal is to reach international standards in the specialized programs it offers, ensuring efficiency and top-notch quality. She also noted the significant support provided by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El-Hassan, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, in advancing science and nurturing a generation of accomplished young entrepreneurs.

Dr. Nebojsa Stojcic, Vice Rector of the Croatian University of Dubrovnik, discussed the ELEGANT project, a collaborative effort spanning four years involving the University of Dubrovnik, Jordanian, and Lebanese universities. The project aimed to enhance teaching, learning, and graduate employability. It facilitated the exchange of knowledge and experiences among participating universities, resulting in recommendations and suggestions to elevate education quality and improve graduate employment prospects. This international collaboration represents a significant stride toward advancing higher education and workforce development in the region.

Prof. Ahmad Abu Elhaija, Director of the National Erasmus Plus Office, delivered a presentation highlighting the crucial role played by the Erasmus Plus Office on a national scale. He discussed key projects, grants, opportunities, and programs accessible to university students and professors. These efforts aim to enhance the quality of higher education while adhering to specified objectives, conditions, and guidelines.

In its sessions, the conference will delve into the unique experiences of each university and how the project has influenced them. Additionally, it will showcase the recommendations and insights that have emerged from the conference discussions.

It is noteworthy that the project partners comprise the Universities of Staffordshire (UK), Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), Modern University for Business and Science, Beirut Arab University (Lebanon), and Jordan University of Science and Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, and Princess Sumaya University for Technology (Jordan). Additional partners include PESCO International (Portugal), the Syndicate of Computer Sciences (Lebanon), and the Information and Communications Technology Association (Jordan).

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