Princess Sumaya University for Technology hosted the participating Jordanian team in the four-day qualifying competition for the International Olympiad for Informatics, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and held via visual communication technology with the participation of more than 85 countries, under the supervision of a specialized international committee.
The team, working under the supervision of the Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Al-Ahmad, included four distinguished school students and won the bronze medal in the presence of the Vice President of the Jordanian Coders Association, Dr. Mowaffaq Hananda, and the international observer Dr. Ammar Odeh.
PSUT President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, expressed his pleasure at hosting the event and the good results achieved, indicating that the University, under the guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, has spared no effort to support its students, and distinguished students from all over the Kingdom, and that it will remain a technological platform from which everyone benefits, and a fertile environment for every form of creativity and distinction.
Al-Ahmad indicated that the competition aims to raise the students’ skill level in programming, encourage their competitive spirit, and readiness to work as part of a team. He explained that the competition depends on programming skills and finding solutions based on algorithmic problems.
Jordan participated for the first time in the Olympiad in 2003, but was interrupted due to the lack of financial and technical support, until it returned to participate in 2014 through a group of students and university professors, in cooperation with the Jordanian Coders Association.
The Olympiad, which was first launched in 1987, is one of the most popular computer science and informatics competitions in the world for participants from 6 to 20 years old, and is regularly organized by one of the member states of the International Committee for Informatics.