PSUT receives a joint academic delegation from the USA and Canada

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 10:45


During a meeting with a joint academic delegation from Singularity University (US) and the University of Toronto (Canada), PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, explored channels of cooperation in the field of business entrepreneurship, and ways of providing a stimulating and supportive entrepreneurial environment that will educate and empower young people, lend support to their initiatives and adopt their innovative ideas.

Representing the University of Toronto was Professor Randall Howard, co-founder of VERDEXUS. He was accompanied by founding members of Singularity University, Professor Brad Templeton and Professor Kathryn Myronuk. Prof. Templeton is the founder of ClariNet and President Emeritus, as well as Honorary President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Prof. Myronuk is Faculty Lead in Synthesis and Convergence at Singularity University.

The meeting was attended by the deans of the Schools and Dr. Abdul Rahim Abu Al-Basal, Director of PSUT’s Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE). To open the meeting, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai expressed his pride in this new cooperative agreement, which opens the horizons in the field of entrepreneurship and the translation of pioneering ideas into real projects. He then went on to give an overview of the University's outstanding progress and leadership role, which came in response to the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, who has carried the banner of leadership and excellence in this University. PSUT has formulated its strategic plan with the focus on the international dimension in its executive program, which has successfully made it a leader among Jordanian universities and within the region. This strategy has had a great impact on the development of both administrative and academic affairs and increased the University’s effectiveness in sending students to the world's top universities, in addition to organizing visits for faculty members. PSUT has made a sizeable contribution to the revitalization, development, and improvement in quality of scientific research. Prof. Al-Refai affirmed that Her Royal Highness has become a role model through her tremendous efforts, service and commitment fired by her determination to carry Princess Sumaya University for Technology to the pinnacle of national and international universities.

Prof. Al-Refai pointed to the excellence of the University’s students whose achievements and successes have far exceeded the boundaries of the region in both academic and extracurricular arenas, thanks to the University’s outstanding educational environment and its continuing support of its outstanding students. These accomplishments have led to the University obtaining international accreditation from ABET for four of its programs in Computer Science and Engineering. In addition, the King Talal School of Business Technology has gained membership to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The Director of QRCE, Dr. Abdul Rahim Abu Al-Basal, gave a presentation about the success stories which resulted from the Center’s adoption and support of innovative ideas. He also talked about the practicalities of how these ideas find support and get developed into start-up projects, in addition to the joint cooperation with business incubators that help young people to establish their small projects. The Center also urges universities to include entrepreneurship as a concept and culture in the curriculum and to make it one of the basic university requirements to promote these concepts among university students.

The visit of the Canadian-US delegation to the University occurred on the sidelines of the participation of Professors Howard and Templeton at the Entrepreneurial Award, organized by Ernst & Young for the second consecutive year under the theme "Recognizing Innovation". Prof. Myronuk was in the region to participate as a keynote speaker at the "Entrepreneurs" award ceremony, 2017, at the beginning of this month. During the meeting, members of the delegation indicated the importance of encouraging innovation and stimulating youth-led entrepreneurship because of their role in achieving economic growth and upgrading the various sectors in Jordan and the region as a whole, especially the ICT, health and life sciences, and transport sectors.