The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, and the Irish Ambassador in Amman, Dr. Vincent O'Neill, discussed ways to enhance and support cooperation between the university, scientific research institutions and Irish universities, through the establishment of joint technology programs, agreements, participation in training programs to raise graduate competency, the provision of training opportunities for students, and cultural exchange programs.
In a meeting attended by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Wejdan Abu Al-Haija, the Deans of the Schools, and the Director of the International Relations Office, Dr. Radhi Hamadeen, Al-Refai reviewed the university’s progress. He talked about its distinction and future aspirations, the high status it has achieved locally and internationally, the remarkable achievements it has achieved in the past year, and the competitions in which its students have excelled.
Al-Refai highlighted PSUT's keenness to realize the visions of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, in international networking, and to support cooperation with prestigious universities. He stated that he was looking forward to the possibility of building strong relations with Irish universities in a range of fields.
The ambassador expressed his pleasure at being able to visit the university, praising the depth of relations between the two friendly countries. He also praised the good academic reputation that PSUT enjoys in the region and the world, expressing his hope to consolidate cooperative relations with Irish universities and institutions.
Dr. O'Neill also gave a presentation of the aspects of cooperation that the embassy is working on with many Jordanian institutions and universities in the sectors of education, health, trade and communication with the aim of developing graduates’ skills. He stressed the importance of the permanence of these partnerships, increasing their effectiveness and expansion in their fields.
It should be noted that PSUT has close academic cooperation relations with many Irish universities, as in the past years it has implemented four projects in cooperation with the University of Dublin, University College Cork and the QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) related to capacity building in the higher education sector with funding from the European Union. These projects included the national qualifications framework, student service development, developing the course recognition framework for students studying in cultural exchange, and forensic computing programs.