Deputizing for the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Prof. Mohammad Sababheh, patronized the opening ceremony of the first conference to link university graduation projects to the problems and needs of the labor markets. The event was held by the Deanship of Admissions and Registration, in the presence of representatives from a number of companies and institutions, with the aim of strengthening cooperation to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
The conference, which PSUT is intending to hold annually, is part of the University’s efforts to strengthen ways of linking the outputs of its students’ graduation projects to the needs of daily life with the aim of providing solutions to common problems. The conference also falls in line with PSUT’s vision of being a source of graduates who are academically and practically qualified to enter the labor market.
In the opening speech, Sababheh indicated that PSUT aims to teach knowledge that is applicable across many aspects of life, through scientific research represented in students' graduation projects at the undergraduate stage, and postgraduate theses and dissertations. He emphasized the importance of the product being compatible with everyday needs, regarding applications, innovations and solutions that serve progress and prosperity.
Sababheh added that PSUT provides its students every opportunity to come into direct contact with different sectors of the labor market to discover their needs and link them to the research and practical effort they put into these projects. He thanked the participating faculty members and students, and the companies and institutions for opening the way for them to apply what they have learned in their academic life. He expressed the wish that the conference culminates in recommendations for the development of the idea and its national dissemination.
The Dean of Admissions and Registration, Prof. Abdul Ghafoor Al Saidi, indicated that using university graduation projects to address the problems facing labor market institutions paves the way for numerous forms of interaction and partnership, and works on preparing and qualifying a workforce that is aware of labor market requirements in a rapidly changing world.
Representing the participating companies, the Coding Academies Manager at Orange Jordan, Rana Shehadeh, praised the standard of the graduation projects presented in the conference sessions, and their ability to address everyday problems. She highlighted the importance of linking university education outputs to the labor market, with the benefit of employing academia in supporting the requirements of industry through innovation and development.
Shehadeh added, "Through the coding academies, we have provided an integrated space where young men and women from all over the Kingdom can benefit. We also prepare them to work on our principle: training for employment."
Student Hanin Batarseh also indicated her enthusiasm for her graduation project linked to real life, and based on real projects that address a specific problem in the labor market. She expressed her happiness at the opportunity to make a practical application of the theory she learned at university.
In the conference sessions, summaries of the applied projects, the companies' opinions of them, and their role in the development process and community service were presented.
PSUT was recently ranked 73rd globally (1st locally) in the graduate employment index, according to the QS World University Rankings 2023.