A team from Princess Sumaya University for Technology came first in the African-Arab Collegiate Programming Contest, ACPC 2021, in its twenty-fifth session. The contest was held in the Egyptian city of Luxor, with the participation of more than 140 qualifying teams from a total of 3,000 teams made up of 15,000 participants.
The contest got underway on Saturday 4th December under the patronage of the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, and the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. PSUT’s winning team comprised of students Mohammed Al-Kilani, Motasem Al-Kayed, and Abdel-Aziz Hamdan, who competed under the supervision of the Dean of King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, and Dr. Firas Al-Ghanim.
PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winning team, its coaches and supervisors, for a victory that confirms the high status reached by the University in a range of international programming competitions. He praised the students’ efforts and their tireless quest to hone their academic and practical skills.
Al-Refai added that the University’s keenness to get its students involved in these competitions is in line with the visions of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, in setting Jordan firmly on the map of technologically advanced countries. He highlighted the importance of the competition in reinforcing the students’ competitive spirit and their ability to work as a team.
Ahmad said that the ACPC is one of the most important international academic competitions for undergraduate students. It dates back to 1970, when Baylor University in Texas, USA, organized the first international competition aimed at encouraging students to develop their programming skills and use methods of systematic problem solving via computer to keep pace with current demands, after programming languages became one of the important foundations in daily life.
PSUT won first place in the Jordanian competition a few weeks ago, and its team became champion of the Middle East and Africa in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC 2021). The University also won first place globally in the IEEE Programming Competition last year, and first place in the Huawei Innovation Contest in the Middle East. Additionally, PSUT has won the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application for two consecutive years.