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The PSUT team is champion of the Middle East and Africa in the ICPC, 2021

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 12:00

The PSUT team is champion of the Middle East and Africa in the ICPC, 2021

The team from Princess Sumaya University for Technology has been crowned champion of the Middle East and Africa region in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC 2021), which was held in the Russian capital, Moscow. Approximately 450,000 students participated in the local, regional and international qualifying rounds, held over the course of a whole year.

       The winning team consisted of PSUT students Muhammad Abu Abboud and Motasem Al-Kayed, coached by Dr. Firas Al-Ghanim under the supervision of the Dean of the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences, Dr. Ashraf Al-Ahmad.

The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winners and their coach and supervisor, praising this achievement that secures the University's presence in international forums. He went on to praise the efforts of the University’s students and their tireless quest to hone their academic and practical skills.

Al-Refai added that the win realizes the aspirations of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of PSUT’s Board of Trustees, by placing Jordan on the map of technologically advanced countries. He also highlighted the importance of the contest in encouraging the competitive spirit among students and prompting them to acquire new expertise and skills.

Al-Ahmad said that the ICPC is the world’s largest and most famous programming contest, and major companies such as Google and Facebook compete to recruit the participants. The contest aims to build the competitors’ programming capabilities and enhance their creativity, and presents them with challenges in matters such as time management and working as a team. He noted that the competition reflects the global situation, solves its software problems, and enhances cooperation and interdependence between students from different participating countries.

It is noteworthy that PSUT won first place in the world last year in the IEEE Programming Competition, as well as first place in the Huawei Innovation Competition for the Middle East. The University has also won the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application for two consecutive years, in addition to the title of champion of the Middle East and Africa in the ICPC 2018.

The ICPC, which has its headquarters at Baylor University in Texas, USA, is run according to the rules and regulations set by the ACM Association. Participants come from more than 2,000 universities spread over 80 countries and six different continents around the world.