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The Jordanian Senate’s Committee of Education and Culture visits PSUT

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 10:15

 

 

The Committee of Education and Culture from the House of Representatives visited Princess Sumaya University for Technology as part of the Committee's work aimed at examining the conditions at universities, reviewing their experiences and achievements, as well as identifying the challenges and obstacles facing the higher education sector in Jordan and discussing proposals to overcome them.

During the meeting, attended by the deans of the Schools and the President of the University’s Student Council, the President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, gave a presentation about the outstanding progress made by the University since it was founded in 1991 as a pioneering technical university. Since that time, it has become the region's leading university in teaching ICT, electronics, computer science, engineering and business. Through its exceptional efforts, PSUT has contributed to the advancement of the ICT sector in the Kingdom by providing distinguished graduates with the scientific and technical qualifications that enable them to work anywhere in the world. Prof. Al-Refai pointed out that 75% of the University's specializations ranked first in both the exact and general sections of the University Proficiency Exam in its last session. The University has obtained international accreditation from ABET for four of its Computer Science and Engineering programs, as well as the King Talal School of Business Technology being made a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Furthermore, under the initiative of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah II to provide support for students and researchers, 12 students from Jordan were chosen to train at NASA, with four of those students coming from PSUT. This year, a team of students from the University ranked first among the Arab universities and 13th globally from a total of 3350 teams in the IEEEXtreme programming competition. Also, at the ACM programming competition which was held at Al Zaytoonah University in Jordan, PSUT students took 8 out of 10 awards, including first, second and third places. They also took first place among the Jordanian universities at the ACM competition held in Sharm el-Sheikh. The University has received the support of the European Union for 36 projects run under international cooperation and academic partnerships, with five of those projects being under PSUT management. Prof. Al-Refai affirmed that the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University‘s Board of Trustees, take much of the credit for these achievements and the high status reached by the University.

In his statement, the Chair of the Committee, MP Musleh al-Tarawneh, said that “what we have seen today in this educational edifice is a source of pride to us and to the Arab nation”, and he called on fellow universities to follow suit in order to bring the level of national education to that attained by international universities.

Members of the visiting committee also expressed their happiness and pride in the apparent excellence and the pioneering role played by Princess Sumaya University for Technology, which provides the required model in linking the educational process to the labor market, as well as the active participation of students in the decision-making process. The committee members also inquired about the registration process at the University, especially since PSUT does not accept students with low averages, and also runs a policy of a compulsory acceptance examination, which is not a practice at other private universities. The delegation raised a number of questions about how the University lends support to students in both academic fields and extracurricular activities alike.

The President of the PSUT Student Council, Ali Al-Masa'eed, said that under the guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, the University's administration is keen on supporting the students, as part of Her Royal Highness’ vision of focusing on the role of young people as the decision-makers of the future. In the on-going efforts to provide a fertile academic environment, the University has recently witnessed renovations to a number of buildings. Her Highness played her part by working alongside students and employees late into the night to provide everything necessary to produce a distinguished generation of academic capabilities commensurate with the requirements of the international labor market.

At the end of the meeting, HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees, presented honors to the University’s guests, the members of the visiting Committee.

After the meeting, delegation toured the University and inspected the laboratories, which are well supplied with the latest equipment. They also learned about Pepper, the world's first robot designed to live with humans, which can recognize faces and objects around him and identify them by name, as well as being able to recognize human emotions and thus change his behavior and speech patterns according to the person interacting with him. It is possible to communicate with the robot in various ways, such as voice and touch. On the local level, Pepper is the first intelligent robot in human form in Jordan. It was announced at the 8th World Science Forum 2017 that the robot, designed and manufactured in Japan, would be programmed at PSUT. The announcement of this advanced technology will fall within the educational system of Princess Sumaya University of Technology.