PSUT hosts the Cultural Attaché from the German Embassy in Amman

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:00





The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, received Dr. Khaima Schilling, Cultural Attaché at the German Embassy in Amman, and his accompanying delegation consisting of Dr. Gabriele von Fircks, Director of the DAAD Foundation in Amman, and Prof. Hani Hayajneh, academic ambassador of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Jordan. Also present at the meeting were the Vice President for International Relations, Prof. Abdullah Al-Zoubi and a number of deans of PSUT’s Schools. The visit aims to enhance scientific and academic cooperation between PSUT and various German universities. Prof. Al-Refai gave a detailed presentation about the University, its academic programs and international activities, especially the joint programs that have been set up with a number of international universities. The President also gave a review of the University's progress and outstanding efforts in advancing the ICT sector in Jordan and providing it with graduates who are academically and technically well-qualified and ready to work anywhere in the world. Prof. Al-Refai added that the University has received support from the European Union for 32 projects, five of which are under PSUT management, which has had a positive impact on the University, its students and members of its teaching and administrative bodies, all benefiting from the best of European experience and networking with universities and higher education institutions, as well as European scientific research experience. Prof. Al-Refai also expressed the University's desire to participate in educational and research projects with German universities at the level of Master's and Doctorate programs, attracting high-quality teaching faculty members, as well as participating in student exchange programs.

Prof. Al-Zoubi pointed to the growing desire of PSUT faculty members, students and top researchers to cooperate with German universities with a distinguished international reputation, building on the cooperation started back in 2005 under the Erasmus Project as the first step of shared teaching programs. Prof. Al-Zoubi called for further cooperation in the fields of scholarships for PSUT students since German universities enjoy great academic status and possess great research potential.

Dr. Schilling presented the avenues of cooperation currently open between German universities and their Jordanian counterparts, such as student exchange, academic visits between faculty members, and the possibility of benefiting from German scholarships for students, researchers and scientists through the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the DAAD Foundation, and the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Dr. Gabriele von Fircks also gave a detailed presentation on the full range of grants and programs offered by the DAAD Foundation to students, the mechanism and conditions of application for these grants, and the language of study, after which she answered students' questions. Prof. Hani Hayajneh gave a detailed presentation on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the grants it provides to scientists and researchers, with applications being dependent upon certain conditions in terms of academic experience, research performed and contributions in the field of scientific research. He pointed out that the Foundation provides grants to postdoctoral researchers, indicating that the recipients of grants from the Foundation automatically become members.  Members may apply for a grant after an evaluation process which may last up to seven months.