The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, attributed the gap that exists between educational outputs and labor market requirements to the expansion of university education, in terms of quantity and quality, in the wrong direction, without taking into account the real needs of labor markets, or paying attention to the rapid speed of change.
During the symposium, which was organized by the University of Jordan Library under the auspices of its President, Prof. Abd Al-Kareem Al-Qudah and held via visual communication technology, Al-Refai affirmed to the President of the National Center for Human Resources Development, Prof. Abdullah Ababneh, and other interested participating parties that PSUT does not suffer from this gap. This is due to the fact that it harmonizes the specializations it offers with the needs of the local, regional and international labor market. He added that 90% of PSUT graduates find a job in the first six months after their graduation, and that some of its graduates run major companies inside and outside Jordan.
In the symposium, moderated by the Library Director, Mujahid Al-Thunaibat and attended by faculty members, Al-Refai stated that PSUT, under the direction of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, is moving ahead with a strategy that keeps pace with global changes and takes into account the latest developments in the market, giving top priority to equipping its students with practical skills.
While making a presentation of some practical measures that would help build bridges with industry and promote networking with prestigious universities and institutions, Al-Refai said that PSUT makes great efforts to hold an annual national conference under the title “Harmonization between Academic Programs and Labor Market Requirements” from which it receives feedback used to develop its curricula and training programs. It has advisory committees from the owners of companies and industrialists who provide them with appropriate advice in selecting specializations and developing study plans in line with the needs of the labor market. The University also organizes an annual career fair and an exhibition for graduation projects for students to allow employers to see their creative works.
Al-Refai added that 56% of PSUT's majors are unique at the local level, and that the University is working to recruit experts to give lectures in all disciplines. He pointed out that the University has moved toward focusing on the method of project-based education in a high percentage of courses.
Notably, PSUT has established a Career Guidance Office and an Alumni Club, to help students during their period of study at the University to get training opportunities in distinctive places and job opportunities after graduation. The University runs a monthly program to host innovative PSUT graduates to present their success stories. Furthermore, the Training Center provides courses for students in such topics as communication skills, time management, problem solving, e-marketing, Cisco courses, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data science.