The only university in the world to maintain its presence in the top eight teams, PSUT comes 1st in the Arab world and 7th globally in the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 16:00


Princess Sumaya University for Technology ranked first in the Arab world and seventh globally, in the annual IEEEXtreme Programming Competition. The event was run by the international IEEE organization and saw the participation of 12,946 contestants making up 5570 teams, representing 62 countries. This was an increase of 1,200 teams from last year's competition, in which PSUT ranked first in the world.

The University’s victory, which saw it maintain its presence in the top eight teams in the world for the fourth consecutive year, came through students Muhammad Al-Kilani, Motasem Al-Kayed, and Abdul-Aziz Hamdan, under the supervision of the Dean of King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Al-Ahmad, and Dr. Firas Alghanim.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, congratulated the winning team and their coaches, blessing an achievement that confirms the high status the University has reached on the global level. Her Highness praised the efforts of the students and their supervisors, and their relentless pursuit of excellence and distinction.

PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, said that the victory realizes the visions of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan in placing Jordan on the map of technologically advanced countries, and is in line with the aspirations of the University in providing its students with everything possible to hone their talents and enrich their life experiences.

Al-Refai added that PSUT has taken these balanced and ascending steps thanks to the concerted efforts of all, and that there is promise of even better things to come. He stated the importance of active participation in this competition, and its role in enriching the competitive spirit of students and supporting their chances of obtaining abundant practical expertise.

Dr.  Al-Ahmad said that the 24-hour competition is one of the world’s most important programming competitions, and aims to build students' programming capabilities and enhance their creativity. It presents them with challenges such as how to invest and manage their time, and trains them to work as part of a team. He explained that the competition sheds light on global problems in order to find the best solutions to them.

IEEEXtreme is a global programming competition, in which programmers who are student members of the IEEE organization from all around the world take part. During the competition period, a problem is set every hour for the participants to solve and overcome. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), established in 1963, is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization concerned with developing and innovating the latest electrical and electronics technologies in the world.

During the past four years, PSUT has achieved 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th positions in the IEEEXtreme Competition. It also emerged as champion of the Middle East and Africa region in the ICPC 2021, which was held a few weeks ago in Moscow, as well as taking first place in the Huawei Innovation Competition for the Middle East region, and winning the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application for two consecutive years.