Three teams of undergraduate students from Princess Sumaya University for Technology’s King Hussein School of Computing Sciences have won the top three places in the world among universities participating in the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon organized by Stanford University. The event saw the participation of 1,800 contestants from universities and companies representing 90 countries. PSUT ranked 17th, 19th, and 20th in the overall standings.
The competition, which is open to both sexes and conducted via video-conferencing technology, tackled two main challenges this year, focusing on the best ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and energy efficiency.
The winning teams comprised the following PSUT students: Yazeed Badaro, Rima Abu Hamdan, Dana Tiwal, Adnan Saeed, Walid Amro, Joud Masoud, Sarah Abbas, Fayez Abu Al-Enein, Rakan Armoush, Rania Al-Ali, Amr Raed, and Heba Al-Najdawi, under the supervision of Dr. Bushra Alhijawi, Dr. Osama Abdel Hay, and Prof. Mohammad Azzeh.
PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, praised the winning teams, congratulating the winners and their supervisors, emphasizing that this achievement consolidates and enhances the University’s presence in international competitions, enriches the competitive spirit of students, and supports and diversifies their access to new experiences and skills.
Prof. Al-Refai added that the victory is in line with the vision of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, in the relentless pursuit of putting Jordan on the map of technologically advanced countries.
The Dean of the School, Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, indicated that participation in this major international competition helps students deal with real problems facing important sectors in the world, and motivates them to search for innovative solutions that serve the progress of science.
PSUT has previously won first place in the world in the IEEE Programming Competition, and first place in the Huawei Middle East Innovation Competition. The University has also won the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Service Application for two consecutive years, and the title of Champion of the Middle East and Africa in the 2018 ACM global programming competition, as well as 1st & 4th places in the Ethical Hacking Competition 2021.