PSUT’s President meets with Spanish Ambassador
The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai, met with the Spanish Ambassador to Jordan, Mrs. Aránzazu Bañón Dávalos, in order to discuss possible avenues of cooperation with universities in Spain. The meeting was also attended by the Spanish Deputy Chief of Mission, Vice President of PSUT Prof. Arafat Awajan, and the Director of International Relations at the University, Dr. Radhi Al-Hamadeen.
Prof. Al-Refai made a detailed presentation about PSUT, covering its academic programs and its international activities, particularly focusing on the joint programs with a number of international universities. He reviewed the University's progress and its outstanding efforts in moving the Kingdom’s ICT sector forward by providing highly-qualified graduates, equipped with the academic and technical skills needed to work anywhere in the world. He pointed out that the University has obtained international accreditation from ABET for four study programs in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering, in addition to the King Talal School of Business Technology being awarded membership to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition, the University achieved excellent results in the HEAC’s University Proficiency Examinations 2016/2017, ranking first among all Jordanian universities at the general level. Furthermore, PSUT students have in recent years taken a series of top positions in various international extracurricular activities.
Prof. Al-Refai highlighted the University's extensive experience in European projects, stating that it has received support from the European Union for 36 projects, five of which are under PSUT management. He explained the positive impact these projects have had on the University, saying that everybody had benefited from forging these important ties to European expertise, including students and members of the teaching and administrative bodies. During the last few years, the University has participated with several Spanish universities in 19 cooperation projects aimed at boosting capabilities, and 14 cultural exchange projects for staff and students, all of which were funded by the European Commission.
Prof. Al-Refai expressed the University's desire to participate in educational projects with Spanish universities, especially with respect to student exchange programs. Also under discussion was the possibility of introducing a Spanish language course at PSUT in order to prepare students to participate in cultural exchange programs with Spanish universities.
For her part, Spanish Ambassador Dávalos praised the exceptional educational environment at Princess Sumaya University for Technology and the solid reputation it has achieved abroad. She went on to speak about the advanced level of the Spanish universities with which PSUT is linked, the Embassy's desire to get involved in the University’s activities by organizing a special “Spanish Day” event at the University in the spring to introduce the students to the Kingdom of Spain and the culture of the Spanish people, in addition to providing a Spanish teacher at the University. She also expressed the Embassy's desire to find ways in which PSUT and the Spanish universities can work together for the mutual benefit by sharing their experiences in the fields of research and teaching.