In the World Women in Data Science competition “WiDS Datathon 2023,” organized by Stanford University, two teams from King Hussein School of Computing Sciences at PSUT secured the first and second positions among universities globally. The competition drew 1,800 participants from universities and companies representing 100 countries. Moreover, PSUT's teams were placed at the 5th and 7th positions in the overall ranking among all participating universities and companies.
The winning teams were represented by the students; Dana Al Sharif, Mohammad Doleh, Layan Hammad, Issa AlBawwab, Darren Jasser, Qusai Abdo, Manar Abu Tair, and Omar Atawneh, under the supervision of Dr. Bushra Hijjawi.
Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, the President of PSUT, expressed her pride in the outstanding performance and competence of PSUT's students, who are competing with specialized professionals at a global level while still pursuing their studies at the university.
Prof. Abu Elhaija, also emphasized the importance of supporting students and their supervisors in their diligent efforts to raise the university's name in global competitions that promote innovation and pioneering in various fields, which corresponds to the university's academic plans and the world's developments. This vision is also consistent with the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, the Chairman of the University's Board of Trustees, to prepare an outstanding and innovative generation as global partners in the technological revolution and advancements witnessed by the world, to become Jordan's ambassadors to the world.
Prof. Ashraf Ahmed, the Dean of King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, stated that the participants in this year's competition employed data science to enhance long-term weather forecasts to help people in preparing for and adapting to extreme weather phenomena caused by climate change.
Prof. Ashraf also emphasized that taking part in this important global competition enables students to tackle real-world challenges and encourages them to seek innovative solutions that serve the global community as a whole.
It is noteworthy that in 2022, the university was represented by three teams of undergraduate students from King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, and ranked first globally among participating universities in the “WiDS Datathon” competition for women in data science.