HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), served this week as patron of the graduation ceremonies of the 29th class of students of PSUT. She was joined by PSUT President, Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, members of the Board of Trustees and the Deans council, academic and administrative staff, and the graduates’ families. Distinguished guests from the institutions of El Hassan Scientific City and the President of the German Jordanian University, Prof. Ala'aldeen Al-Halhouli, were also present.
At the ceremony for the King Abdullah I School of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, HRH said, “Technology holds immense significance. It shapes and enhances our lives in countless ways. The graduates before us have dedicated themselves to fields within the realm of technology, from computer science to data science, and from information systems security to digital criminology. In Jordan, we are committed to keeping pace with the technological and industrial revolution sweeping the world.”
HRH stressed PSUT’s pledge to fostering an environment that encourages scientists, researchers, and students to participate in building a knowledge-based economy through investment in education and research to support innovation and entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal is to help nurture sustainable development for Jordan.
HRH emphasized that the knowledge and skills gained by PSUT students sets new standards of excellence, and transforms them into ambassadors of knowledge and leadership who will have a lasting impact. The Princess encouraged the graduating students to embrace the challenges and opportunities that will ultimately shape their futures, as they begin a new chapter in their lives. She expressed her pride in the many PSUT graduates who have excelled across disciplines and shone in leadership roles.
PSUT President, Prof. Abu Elhaija spoke of the visionary guidance of HRH and the finalisation of a comprehensive strategic plan which, she added, encompasses a review of the university’s mission and vision, with a focus on education, research, community service, creativity, and global engagement.
She said: “The university is committed to placing students and graduates at the centre of its mission, aligning research with national priorities, enhancing performance indicators, and refining learning outcomes for each field of study. We seek to streamline administrative processes and to foster a collaborative team spirit, with the aim of propelling the university toward a brighter future, focused on attention to detail and fostering a culture of excellence and innovation.”
PSUT is enhancing its infrastructure and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship across its programs, to respond to a challenging job market where entrepreneurship and innovation are key. Additionally, the university is committed to supporting a diverse student community.
Prof. Abu Elhaija highlighted the university's accomplishments in the past academic year including achievements and indicators that reaffirm its status both nationally and internationally. The recent launch of the PSUT Career Program, a collaboration with the Coursera Career Academy platform, is designed to equip students and graduates with international professional certifications to enhance their job market competitiveness.
Graduating students Leen Dakaidek, Masters in Enterprise Systems Engineering, and Osama Awawdeh, Master's in Business Analytics, spoke on behalf of all the graduates, expressing their deep appreciation for HRH Princess Sumaya’s commitment to the university and, particularly, the student body. They expressed their pride at being a part of PSUT and their commitment to carrying forward the torch of knowledge.
HRH honoured students Zaid Al-Kalha and Asem Tuffaha who achieved the highest academic results at PSUT, as well as Hind Othman Nasser who received the Distinguished Student Award. She also acknowledged those students who had secured top positions in international competitions.
During the ceremony, HRH took the opportunity to highlight the exceptional contributions of Prof. Abdul Ghafour Al-Saidi, PSUT’s founding Dean of Admissions and Registration. With gratitude, she honored him for his unwavering dedication to PSUT throughout the past 13 years. Prof. Al-Saidi played a vital role not only in establishing a robust admissions system at PSUT but also in personally guiding and shaping the educational journeys of countless students. His remarkable efforts have left an indelible impact on both the success of the university’s esteemed alumni and the overall growth of the university.
Furthermore, the Princess acknowledged Mr. Wayne Watson, the supervisor of landscaping and gardening, for his instrumental role in transforming the university's physical environment. HRH commended Mr. Watson's exceptional skills and tireless efforts in beautifying and maintaining the university's landscape. Both Prof. Al-Saidi and Mr. Watson will be retiring this year, and their contributions will be remembered for years to come.
Lastly, HRH paid tribute to the late Ibrahim Abdul Aziz Dhiyab, a cherished friend who provided unparalleled support to the Royal Scientific Society and PSUT for over two decades. His unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to the institutions will be deeply missed.
Overall, this gathering served as an opportunity to express gratitude and recognize the significant impact and contributions made by Prof. Abdul Ghafour Al-Saidi, Mr. Wayne Watson, and the late Ibrahim Abdul Aziz Dhiyab to PSUT and the Royal Scientific Society.