The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, honored nearly 250 undergraduate and graduate students who successfully combine study and work, in the presence of PSUT’s two vice presidents, and a number of School deans.
In a ceremony held by the Career Guidance Office at PSUT’s Deanship of Admissions and Registration, Prof. Al-Refai praised the high determination of the honored students, their hard work and perseverance, and their distinctive ability to reconcile between study and work while facing up to challenges.
Al-Refai added that PSUT makes every effort to help its graduates and students make an easy transition into the labor market by networking with local and international companies and institutions, and through holding conferences and meetings to bring its graduates and students together with owners of companies and employers.
Al-Refai indicated that PSUT graduates have come to stand out in the labor market both locally and regionally, emphasizing that the rate of employment for PSUT graduates during the first six months after their graduation stands at 93%. The percentage of current students who are also employed is 20%, which can be attributed to the University’s specializations matching the requirements of modern labor markets and to the good reputation enjoyed by PSUT graduates and students among employers.
The Dean of Admissions and Registration, Prof. Abdul Ghafoor Ahmed Al-Saidi, said that the Career Guidance Office organizes an annual forum for these students to encourage their colleagues to engage in working life, and link them to the labor market, stressing that the combination of work and study reflected positively on boosting students’ skills and their ability to directly apply science and academic knowledge.
PSUT student Zaid Masoud also spoke about his personal experience of combining work and study, thanking the University for providing opportunities to prove himself through early work and calling on his colleagues to make good use of their time and benefit from the effective channels of communication provided by the University with the labor markets.
Student Hedaya Al-Wassi also mentioned some of her achievements through joining the labor market and the importance of exploiting all available opportunities. She urged her fellow students not to lose their passion as soon as a dilemma arises at work, but to keep on going and seek better opportunities.
It is noteworthy that PSUT holds an annual conference to harmonize its specializations with the requirements of modern labor markets, and a forum that brings together its graduates and students with employers under the slogan "My Job from My University".