The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, announced the launch of a master’s program in Health Information Technology to be taught by the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, a master’s program in e-Marketing and Social Media at King Talal School of Business Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications Engineering - Internet of Things at the King Abdullah II School of Engineering, which is in its final stages of accreditation. Teaching will start in these programs in the upcoming academic year.
During a press conference held at PSUT and attended by journalists, writers and opinion leaders, Al-Refai said that the launch of these programs came as a practical response to the needs of the markets, after extensive studies and consultations, and to realize the visions of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, in achieving national economic and social development capable of regional and international competition.
Al-Refai stated that the importance of these programs lies in their synchronization with the rapid developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, 5G communications, big data, 3D printing and cloud computing, and everything that forms the backbone of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Al-Refai added that the change in the global business environment requires a shift in marketing methods and how to deal with business enterprises, especially since the current time is witnessing the re-engineering of the marketing process and an increasing trend towards digital marketing.
Addressing the gap between educational outputs and the labor market, Al-Refai indicated that 90% of PSUT graduates find employment within the first six months of their graduation. He also pointed out that, if this gap is not bridged, it will cause greater unemployment and cause frustration in the hearts of graduates who discover that, even though they studied and worked hard, they were going in the wrong direction.
Al-Refai said that PSUT has prepared a strategic plan that is consistent with the recommendations of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the various university advisory committees, stressing that higher education is on the verge of changes that will require reconsideration of what is currently on offer, and requires a response involving academic and technological development and streamlining with the labor market.
Al-Refai also reviewed PSUT’s most prominent achievements, its international university rankings, its international partnerships and joint projects with the European Union, and the awards achieved by its students in various academic, cultural and sports forums.
He also mentioned the most prominent axes of the university's plans such as raising performance in order to compete on a global level, obtaining higher placements in international classifications, the development of PhD programs in electrical engineering and business administration, the introduction of bachelor's and master's programs to be taken via distance learning, and working to become a research university.
Last year, PSUT introduced a bachelor's program in the field of cybersecurity. Among its high-quality undergraduate programs are Computer Graphics and Animation, Network and Information Security Engineering, Electrical Power and Energy Engineering, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. It also offers master's programs in Data Science, Information Security and Digital Crimes, and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Business Analysis, Engineering Management and Accounting in partnership with the University of Arizona, USA, and a PhD program in Computer Science.
Notably, PSUT advanced to second place nationally in the QS University Rankings for 2022, while maintaining its position in the (801 - 1000) category globally. It was also awarded five stars in all categories of the international QS Stars evaluation and in the field of e-learning. The university achieved first place globally in the IEEEXtreme Programming Contest against a field of 4555 teams, outperforming the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Illinois (USA). Furthermore, it won second and third prizes in the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application and led a Jordanian team to win first place globally in the Huawei ICT Skills Competition. Each of PSUT’s Schools have gained international accreditation. The King Talal School of Business Technology has AACSB accreditation, while the programs of the King Abdullah II School of Engineering and the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences carry ABET accreditation.
At the end of the meeting, an extensive discussion took place with the media and journalists, who praised the university's leadership and excellence and praised this initiative, which aims to inform public opinion about the achievement of a national university with high ambition and rich outputs.