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PSUT launches the work of the Fifth National Conference on "The Harmonization of Study Programs and Labor Market Requirements”

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 12:45

 

The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, patronized the opening ceremony of the 5th national conference for “The Harmonization of PSUT’s Study Programs and Labor Market Requirements”, organized by the Office for Career Guidance and Alumni Affairs in the Deanship of Admissions and Registration. The event was attended by the university’s two vice presidents and the deans of the Schools, and saw the participation of representatives from the public and private sectors.

At the beginning of his talk, Al-Refai pondered the reason for the quantitative and qualitative gap between education outputs and the requirements of the labor market. He added that the recognized answer is that universities are still producing graduates who are not prepared to enter the labor markets, and are unable to keep pace with the changes of those markets and meet their actual current requirements.

Al-Refai added that PSUT’s vision, since its inception, was to contribute to bridging that gap between academia and industry, since it is a technological university, by graduating distinguished students who are academically and practically qualified and equipped with new and advanced skills that qualify them for a smooth and positive entry into the labor market, thus enriching it. He pointed out that PSUT is keen to hold the conference annually due to its belief in the importance of cooperation and partnership with the public and private sectors, which contributes to the development and improvement of study plans for its specializations, in light of the rapid technological changes in today's world.

Speaking on behalf of the labor market companies, HR Business Manager at the Bank of Jordan, the golden sponsor of the conference, Ribhi Alahmad, said, “The bank recently launched the “My Career” program with the aim of empowering university and school students, qualifying them to work in the banking field and providing them with appropriate experiences through field training in the various departments and sectors of the bank, according to the specialization of each one, in order to be ready to engage in the labor market.

The Director of the Central Employment Directorate at the Ministry of Labor, Dr. Aoun Al-Nahar, indicated that the Ministry established the Vocational and Technical Skills Development Commission in 2019 in response to the recommendations of the National Strategy for Human Resources Development, which has become the official umbrella for vocational and technical training, and work is currently underway to develop its role in this field.

The Head of Managed Services for Levant of the Ooredoo Group at Ericsson, PSUT graduate Amer Sakkijha, praised the university’s great role in preparing its students in the ideal manner for the labor markets. He mentioned the care taken by the university to provide advanced, regularly updated curricula that are appropriate to the nature of practical work, and its keenness that its students obtain technical skills and abilities that give them a competitive advantage in the labor market.

On the sidelines of the opening of the conference, an interactive symposium was held on the harmonization of academia and industry, in which a representative of the IT sector in the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Engineer Haytham Al-Rawajbeh, and the Director of Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility and Institutional Communication at Orange, Eng. Rana Dababneh, participated. Other participants included the founder and CEO of Mobileznation Anas Hijjawi, Director of Operations at the Civil Service Bureau Khaled Gharaibeh, Director of Programs and Initiatives at King Abdullah II Fund for Development Amjad Alloush, and the symposium was directed by the Director of PSUT’s e-Learning Center, Dr. Adiy Tweissi.

Notably, 93% of PSUT’s graduates find job opportunities within the first six months of their graduation, and the international publication The Education Magazine recently included PSUT’s King Talal School of Business Technology in the list of the top 10 business schools in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of graduates’ readiness to engage in the labor market. In the past two years, the university has developed a number of qualitative specializations that keep pace with the requirements of the modern labor market.