PSUT signs a cooperation agreement with Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, KSA

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:00




Princess Sumaya University for Technology has signed a cooperation agreement with its sister university, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aim of the agreement is to establish the Arab Center for Youth Empowerment, a specialized center to provide Arab youth in different parts of the world with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to realize their ambitions and make an active contribution to the service of their communities, as well as enabling them to rise to the challenges of the modern world.

The agreement was signed on behalf of PSUT by its President, Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai, while PMU was represented by its Rector, Dr. Issa bin Hassan Al-Ansari. The signing was attended by the deans of PSUT’s Schools and HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan’s Technology Advisor, Dr. Nabeel Al-Fayoumi. Also in attendance were Eng. Tariq Abdul Aziz, Executive Director of Technical Affairs and Eng. Bassam Al-Ta'ani, Executive Director of Operations at the Royal Scientific Society. The delegation from PMU included Mr. Mohammad bin Ayed Al-Hajiri, Executive Director of the Rector’s Office and Director of Government Affairs, Dr. Jaafar Mohammad Alghazo, Dean of the College of Computer Science and Advisor to the Deputy Director, Eng. Fuad Bin Ahmed Al-Saleh, Supervisor and Advisor on Engineering and Technical Projects, Dr. Faisal Bin Yusuf Al Anzi, and the Director of Press and Public Relations.

Opening the meeting, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai expressed his pride in this cooperation agreement, which paves the way for a massive change in the status of Arab youth in the various scientific, technical, social and practical fields. It will also contribute to the discovery of latent talent among young people and provide the necessary support to help them make outstanding achievements on a global level. In addition, it will work to enhance the Arab youth’s sense of belonging to their Arab identity, through the establishment of the "Arab Center for Youth Empowerment", the first of its kind within the Arab Youth Partnership. Prof. Al-Refai 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 leading light 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. He also 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).

A documentary was screened about the recent World Science Forum. In 2017, the Forum was hosted by Jordan, the first time it was held in the Middle East, thanks to the tremendous efforts of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society and Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University, which is the academic branch of the Society.

The Rector of PMU, Dr. Al-Ansari, praised Princess Sumaya University for Technology, calling this academic edifice a boon to the Arab world and a model in linking the educational process to the labor market. He expressed his pleasure in this agreement which will lead to the training of young people in life skills. Specialized training camps will be held to train young Arab pioneers and innovators, as well as financing their ideas and innovations in order to bring them to fruition. In addition, research and studies will be conducted to identify needs and provide recommendations on how to meet them. Field studies will be conducted and prizes launched to support student research among Arab youth. Moreover, forums and workshops will be held for young people and an interactive website will be established for the Center.

Dr. Al-Ansari went on to give a detailed overview of the latest developments at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University. The two parties also made progress on setting a number of future plans for the Arab Center for Youth Empowerment.

After the meeting, the delegation toured the University and inspected the laboratories, which are well supplied with the latest equipment. They also learned about Pepper, the world's first robot designed to live with humans, which can recognize faces and objects around him and identify them by name, as well as being able to recognize human emotions and thus change his behavior and speech patterns according to the person interacting with him. It is possible to communicate with the robot in various ways, such as voice and touch. On the local level, Pepper is the first intelligent robot in human form in Jordan. It was announced at the 8th World Science Forum 2017 that the robot, designed and manufactured in Japan, would be programmed at PSUT. The programming has since been completed and this advanced technology has become a part of the educational system at Princess Sumaya University of Technology.

Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University is a unique higher education institution whose vision is to prepare and develop future leaders in the diverse fields of human knowledge through the use of modern educational techniques. This can be done through the exploration of innovative methodologies and techniques, improving and developing intelligence levels, and working to remove the barriers between universities and the business community. Attention is paid to preparing the graduate to take a leading role in society, enabling him to assume responsibilities and contribute to solving problems through creative thinking, teamwork and self-development. Guidance is also made available to those undertaking research activities to create solutions to ongoing problems through technical consultations and applied research.