Princess Sumaya meets with PSUT academics and administrators
Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of PSUT, met with members of the University’s academic and administrative staff as part of her continuous efforts to maintain constant links with the University.
At the beginning of the meeting, Her Highness greeted the University President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, and the new Vice President Dr. Arafat Awajan, and expressed her complete confidence in the University administration’s ability to continue the University's success story which began 25 years ago when the main objective was to set up a distinguished hub for Jordan and the region in the Information and Communications Technology field (ICT). The Princess voiced her wish for consolidation and strengthening of the feeling of loyalty and belonging to the University and the Royal Scientific Society that founded the University as an extension of its services offered to Jordanian society in all fields of sustainable economic and social development, including health, food, medicine, water, environment and industry. Further aims are the achievement of mutually responsible independence, as well as forging and improving links with industry.
The Princess emphasized the importance of concentrating on ABET accreditation this year in order to ensure renewal for the four programs of Computer Science, Communications Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The goal is to add the Electrical Power and Energy Engineering program to that list, and to gain membership to The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB for the King Talal School of Business Technology, thus achieving international accreditation for all of the University’s Schools.
Her Royal Highness pointed out that the focus of the coming period should be achieving high rankings in international university classifications, in addition to continuing to offer quality undergraduate and postgraduate programs that meet the needs of the labor market and not to simply introduce programs already offered at other sister universities.
Her Highness added that the students continue to distinguish themselves in the University Proficiency Exams held by the HEAC, with PSUT students gaining first place in the general level of the exam. The University also ranked first in the detailed section of the exam, with 75% of the University’s programs coming in at the top position. The Princess expressed her wish to maintain these outstanding results.
Princess Sumaya called upon faculty members to increase their efforts in the area of scientific research and focus on publishing their works in distinguished scientific journals, submitting more patents, and developing a strategic plan aimed at improving PSUT’s ranking to take it into the upper echelons of international universities.
The President of PSUT, Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai stressed that the University should recognize the many challenges that still exist, despite the great achievements of the past years and the high standards attained by the University. He stated that, once gained, maintaining high status is more difficult to achieve and that the difficulties only increase with the continued aspiration to reach the highest position. The University administration and the whole PSUT family are fully convinced that with the determination, wisdom, support and guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, the concerted efforts of all will overcome every obstacle and challenge to reach the pinnacle. This can be achieved by the University attracting faculty members with outstanding records in scientific research and teaching, as well as attracting students with excellent academic skills and knowledge in the technology arena. Prof. Al-Refai also promised to provide more financial and moral support to continue the journey of excellence forged by the students and their supervisors, through the newly-established Office for the Care of Gifted Students within the Deanship of Admissions and Registration, which aims to sponsor and support talented students by providing a fertile environment for the development of their skills and abilities.
Prof. Al-Refai called for the academic departments to adopt an active role in putting forward suggestions on how to improve the study plans and the mechanism of dealing with students, to be the effective arm of the Deanship of each of their Schools.
In addition to discussing these issues, a review was made of the most prominent new facilities and equipment in this academic edifice, including the restructuring of some buildings, with the aim of focusing further on providing more student services and the comfortable educational environment that the University and its students deserve. A reminder was also given as to the need for all administrative staff to adhere to all the regulations that contribute towards creating the best possible university environment.