Opening of Second National Conference on "Streamlining PSUT’s Specialization Programs with Labor Market Needs", and University’s "Careers Fair"
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, inaugurated the Second National Conference on “Streamlining PSUT’s Specialization Programs with Labor Market Needs", held on Tuesday at the University campus, with the participation of more than 100 companies from the public and private sectors, in addition to trade associations. The conference forms part of five days of activities during "Careers Guidance Week", organized by the University’s Deanship of Admissions and Registration for the purpose of providing both job and training opportunities for university students and graduates, including summer training. The aim is also to raise awareness and teach students effective ways to apply for employment, as well as to strengthen relations between the University and employers, and throw light on the University’s programs.
To open the proceedings, PSUT President Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai welcomed the attendance of representatives of public sector institutions, leaders of industry and business, the Vice Presidents, faculty members and students. Prof. Al-Refai stressed that the conference on "Streamlining PSUT’s Specialization Programs with Labor Market Needs", was arranged as a result of the University’s determination, since its inception, to provide unique disciplines and high quality teaching and scientific research, aiming to produce high standards in its graduates in order to ensure that the outputs of teaching process and scientific research fulfill the needs of the local labor market. He also noted that the University has achieved many successes that have carried it to an elevated standing among its sister universities in Jordan, as well as a prestigious position among international universities. He stressed that these achievements have been achieved thanks to the support and guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, who lends the University her full support and is always keen on helping the University to reach the highest possible heights.
The University President reviewed some examples of the University’s most outstanding achievements, including the receipt of the Order of Independence, First Class in 2014 for its outstanding performance in the field of higher education, and the ranking of 73% of the University’s specializations in first place in the both the detailed intermediate levels in the most recent round of National University Proficiency Examinations. Prof. Al-Refai also talked about the team of PSUT students who this year took the top position among the Arab universities and eighth internationally among the 2,200 teams who entered the IEEE-Xtreme competition. In 2011, the University won third place in the World Microsoft Imagine Cup, making Jordan the first country in the Middle East make this achievement. Within the framework of HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II’s initiative to support students and researchers, eight students from Jordan were selected for training at NASA, including three students from PSUT. In addition, the University obtained ABET accreditation for Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, Communications Engineering and Computer Science, and the King Talal School of Business and Technology was admitted as a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The University also received support from the European Union for 32 projects, five of which were under PSUT management.
For his part, Mohammed Al-Karaki, a partner at Ernst & Young and speaking on behalf of representatives of the labor market, thanked the University for organizing this event and laid emphasis on the University’s individuality in its efforts to help students develop and be equipped to cope with the rapid developments currently being witnessed in the labor market. He marked the value of this initiative launched by PSUT’s Deanship of Admissions and Registration which affirms the uniqueness and leadership of the University among it sister universities in Jordan.
Prof. Abdullah Al-Zu'bi, Vice President for International Relations , presented the University's experience in integrating into European projects. The University has developed frameworks for higher education qualifications to include technical and vocational education and training of students as an essential part of quality control at the global level, necessarily linking the jobs market with students’ knowledge and training. He also gave a brief overview of the University-led projects and their positive impact on students and members of the academic and administrative bodies alike in improving the educational and administrative process at the University through benefitting from European experiences.
Speaking on behalf of the University’s alumni body, graduate Issa Abu Ali thanked the University, represented by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, the Administration and teaching faculty, for their dedication and efforts in honing the skills and abilities of the students during their study years, the result of which is shown by the fact that 90% of PSUT graduates find employment within six months of their graduation.
The conference discussed presentations and worksheets linking the study programs to the labor market according to its needs and requirements, thus creating teaching outputs appropriate for the labor market. It is noteworthy that, over a month ago, a number of committees were formed from several companies and they started work on examining study programs and preparing research worksheets aimed at pinpointing requirements of the labor market. Honors were awarded to Mind Rockets Inc., which was founded by PSUT graduates, having been recognized as one of the best start-up companies in the world at last month’s Barcelona conference. Mind Rockets Inc. introduced an application to convert sound to sign language to serve people with hearing and speaking disabilities.
In addition to the conference, PSUT President, Prof. Al-Refai opened the “Careers Fair”, attended by the Vice Presidents, a number of Deans of the University’s Schools, and an audience of business owners and labor market professionals. 37 companies participated, representing all sectors, and the event was co-sponsored by Progress Soft, Ernst & Young, Orange, and Madfoo3atCom Co.
The Careers Guidance Week includes workshops to train students to write effective CVs and teach them the necessary skills to conduct job interviews, as well as lectures from experienced international instructors. There is also a workshop to instruct students on the procedures for establishing a company, with the participation of trainers and experts from the El Hassan Business Park, in addition to an exhibition of outstanding graduation projects, which show the creativity of students, with a view to choosing the best to undergo implementation. A workshop will also be held under the title "Women and Technology” to discuss the experiences and the role of women in the world of scientific innovation and their contribution to the development of the labor market. It is worth mentioning that other universities organize Careers Day events which last for only one day, but PSUT is unique in devoting a full week to the subject, with the largest gathering of companies from the labor market.