Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 13:30
Princess Sumaya University for Technology hosted, for the second year in a row, the Jordanian team’s participation in the 32nd International Olympiad in Informatics, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Singapore. The competition was held via video communication technology, and saw the participation of 360 competitors representing 89 countries.
PSUT was chosen to host the event thanks to the supervision and follow-up of the Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, international arbitrator Dr. Ammar Odeh, laboratory supervisor Hammam Alakhras, and the student Muhammad Al-Kilani.
The team is made up of Wesam Nasser from King Abdullah II School for Excellence in Zarqa, Malik Sadaqa from Al-Radwan Schools, Muhammad Saad from Modern Systems School, and Nour Al-Shamaila from Princess Basma Secondary School for Girls.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, expressed his great happiness with this participation, which serves to motivate young people in this vital field. He pointed out that the University, under the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of its Board of Trustees, spared no effort to support outstanding students in the Kingdom and strives to remain a technological platform for all, and a fertile environment for creativity and excellence.
For his part, Dr. Ahmad indicated that the competition aims to raise the level of students in programming, enhance the spirit of competition among them, and strengthen teamwork, explaining that the competition depends on programming skills and finding solutions based on algorithmic issues.
In turn, the Chairman of the National Committee for the Jordanian Olympiad in Informatics, Dr. Muwaffaq Al-Hanandeh, praised PSUT's pivotal role in the success of Jordan's participation, which aims to encourage young people to enter new fields in computer science, exchange ideas and experiences and enhance their creative thinking.
It is worth noting that Jordan participated for the first time in the Olympiad in 2003, and returned to participate in 2014 through a group of students and university professors, in cooperation with the Jordanian Programmers Association.
The Olympiad, which was introduced for the first time in 1987, is one of the world's most well-known computer science and informatics competitions for participants from 6 to 20 years old, and is organized in one of the member countries of the International Informatics Committee.