Inauguration of the Fifth Model United Nations Conference at PSUT
Acting on behalf of the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Vice President for International Relations Prof. Abdullah Al-Zoubi opened the Fifth Conference of the Model United Nations (MUN) Society at the University. The goals of the conference are to develop the debating skills and further the leadership qualities of the young generation to raise their intellectual capacities to an international standard, in addition to working on their abilities to phrase and present constructive criticism.
During his speech at the opening ceremony, Prof. Al-Zoubi emphasized PSUT’s great efforts to produce a well-educated, culturally aware generation, capable of integrating with the local and global community and of playing an active role in decision-making and finding solutions to social issues.
Prof. Al-Zoubi talked about PSUT’s progress, and its outstanding efforts in advancing the communications technology and IT sectors in the Kingdom thanks to the institution’s focus on supplying those sectors with graduates who are fully-qualified, both academically and technically, and possess the knowledge and skills to enable them to take up positions anywhere in the world. These achievements come largely due to the supporting role played by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, in ensuring a new generation of distinguished graduates, strengthened by their leadership and innovative abilities, ready to face the challenges of a world that is witnessing rapid developments in the fields of Engineering and Mathematics. The Professor also referred to PSUT’s being awarded international accreditation from ABET for four of its programs in Computing Sciences and Engineering, as well as the King Talal School of Business and Technology being made a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Prof. Al-Zoubi also noted PSUT’s outstanding results in the University Proficiency Test for 2016/2017, which was recently administered by HEAC, where the University took overall first place among the Jordanian universities on the general level. PSUT students have also achieved high rankings internationally in various extra-curricular activities.
Sara Ferrer-Olivella, Regional Advisor for the UN Development Group in Jordan, stressed the role of the youth in bringing about change for the future. She encouraged the students to get their voices heard by adding their suggestions to the Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2030, which aims to formulate a plan of action to eliminate poverty in all its forms and to bring equal prosperity, peace and liberty for all. Thus, she continued, we are in need of the youth’s energy, creativity and optimism to lead this change on a global scale. She stated that UN Security Council Resolution 2250 regarding youth, peace and security, signed under the auspices of Jordan and HRH Prince Hussein Ibn Abdullah II, heir to the throne, represents the unprecedented recognition of the crucial necessity of encouraging the participation of young people in the peace-making process and the battle against extremism because they are essential partners in the global effort to defeat violent extremism and create enduring peace.
Ms. Ferrer-Olivella saluted the excellent standing of PSUT under the leadership of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, who constantly strives to guide the way towards bridging the unemployment gap and providing students with a high quality education. These efforts have contributed largely to the high percentage of PSUT graduates who quickly find employment, a fact that deserves praise and recognition.
The President of the PSUT branch of the Model United Nations Society, Sanad Nimer, thanked the University administration for its continuing patronage and support in encouraging innovation and graduating qualified graduates who are capable of keeping pace with today’s advancements in knowledge and technology. He added that the role of the Club was not restricted to increasing the cultural awareness of individual participating students, but also extended to creating harmony between their cultures and opinions.
During the conference sessions, the participating students, acting as envoys from different countries to the Model United Nations, debated a number of complex international issues arising during the current transitional phase being witnessed by the world. The students subsequently voted on the decisions taken during the debates.
It is worth mentioning that the conference, which was held over three days, was attended by a distinguished group of students from thirteen universities, and seven schools. The universities represented were: the Philipp University of Marburg, Germany; the German-Jordanian University; the American University; the University of Jordan; JUST; the Hashemite University; Yarmouk; the Applied Science Private University; PSUT; Mu’tah; the University of Petra; Mideast Aviation Academy; and Jordan Media Institute. The participating schools were: Al Qimma Schools; College De La Salle – Frères; the National Orthodox School; Philadelphia Schools; Rosary Sisters; the Baptist School; and Mashrek International School. Those who participated had the opportunity to learn more about the issues related to world political events.
At the close of the conference, there was an award ceremony where shields and certificates of appreciation were given to the participating students and sponsoring organizations.