The President of PSUT Explores Avenues of Joint Cooperation with the University of Cyprus and Aix-Marseille University

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:45


Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai, President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, met with the Rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Constantinos Christofides, where they discussed possible channels of collaboration and coordination between the two universities in the fields of student exchange, mutual visits between faculty members, and shared teaching and research projects. The meeting was held in the margins of the annual meeting of the EuroMed University Network, which is headed by Aix-Marseille University, France. The Network aims at promoting cultural and scientific exchange, and contributes to building strong, permanent Euro-Mediterranean relations in higher education, research and creativity, as well as encouraging collaboration between the Euro-Med countries through the exchange of knowledge and the formation of partnerships between the universities to the north, south and east of the Mediterranean. The Network, which has a membership of 81 universities in 19 countries, also works on the exchange of experience and the forming of coalitions through Erasmus+, Horizon and International Student Exchange, which leads to the creation of a positive environment for protecting a sustainable future in the Mediterranean region.

President Al-Refai also met with Dr. Sylvie De Fete, Vice President of International Relations at Aix-Marseille University. They explored avenues of academic and research collaboration, and the possibility of an agreement to carry out shared supervision of PhD students in the recently-launched program at PSUT. It was agreed to carry out further consultations in this area in order to discuss the details that would pave the way to the success of this unique experiment.

Professor Al-Refai gave a detailed presentation about PSUT, its strategic plan, and the international aspect of its executive program which has made it a leader among the universities in Jordan and the region with regard to the number of projects under its management, as well as those it is currently participating in. These programs have had a marked effect on the development of the University, administratively and academically, as have the sending of its students to the top European universities, faculty member exchange programs, and its contribution to promoting, developing, and improving the quality of scientific research. Professor Al-Refai was accompanied on this visit by Professor Abdullah Al-Zoubi, Vice President for International Affairs.