Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 14:15

For the second consecutive year, Princess Sumaya University for Technology’s Debating Club has been crowned champion of the Second Asian Arabic Language Debating Tournament. The competition was held in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, and was organized by the International Islamic University Malaysia, with the participation of 120 contestants representing 30 prestigious universities. The two students, Sewar Al-Qassim and Khalid Al-Sayyid, received prizes as the second and sixth best speakers of the tournament.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, congratulated the winning team and its supervisor, expressing her pride in this great achievement which reinforces the University’s excellence and its uniqueness in local and international forums. Her Highness thanked those who contributed to achieving this victory and all those who have helped confirm PSUT’s leading position in scientific, sports and cultural affairs.

PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, expressed his pride in the achievements of students in a wide range of arenas. He pointed out that, although PSUT specializes in technology majors, it puts great focus on extracurricular activities by supporting student clubs. This is in line with the directions of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, to strive to enhance students ’skills, expand their horizons, and encourage them to be creative. Her Highness praised both the victory and the winners, and this excellent achievement within the Asian continent.

The winning team comprised Sewar Wajih Al-Qassim, Khaled Mohammed Al-Sayyid, Bilal Baha Al-Shawa, and Reem Ibrahim Al-Sheikh. The final debate saw the PSUT team set against the team from the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. Among the most prominent participating universities were the Lebanese American University, the International Islamic University Malaysia, American University of Beirut, Malaya, the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait University, and An-Najah National University.

The victory is the third international achievement the club has made for Jordan in less than a year. Teams from PSUT’s Debating Club ranked first in the Fifth International Debating Tournament held in Doha, Qatar, in March 2019, and first place in the First Asian Arabic Language Debating Tournament in October 2019.