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Mashoor Refai, President,Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan

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Mashoor Refai, President,Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan

  1. 1. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019
  2. 2. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 A Private Not-profit University Number of students 3650 Number of faculty members 140 Founded in 1991 PSUT is the academic arm of El Hassan Science City Owned by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) Overview of PSUT today: Facts & Figures 2019 2
  3. 3. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 PSUT Strength Points  Focused (Technology, Engineering, Business Technology)  Unique Programs (Engineering Management, Cyber Security, e-Marketing and social media, Graphs and Animation, Data Science and AI, Renewable Energy Eng., Entrepreneurship, …)  Quality ( small class size, rigorous programs, admission test, …)  High Employment Rate (89%)  High Caliber Faculty members ( A rigorous hiring process)  Strong International Connections ( Int. accreditation ABET/AACSB, Joint Programs, Projects, Internships, Exchange, EU Projects)  Competitions (International Awards. Programming and engineering)  Strong Student Support ( TAs/RAs scholarship, Conferences, Clubs, and Chapters) 3
  4. 4. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 PSUT & Social Responsibility • PSUT Provide markets in Jordan and the region with highly qualified and well skilled graduates in the field of Technology. • PSUT is engaged in many exchange programs and joint programs on an international level (e.g. E+ICM) in order to facilitate students’ engagements in social, cultural, and humanitarian activities. • PSUT Deanship of Student’s Affairs includes many activities and clubs that contributes to serving the community. • PSUT has reputable collaborations under several EU-Funded CBHE Projects with a total number of 41 projects, PSUT is grant holder for 5 of those projects. 4
  5. 5. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 Some of our EU Partners Germany • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences • Technische Universität, Dresden • Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg • Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf Austria • World University Service, Austria Committee • Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Spittal/Drau UK • Middlesex University • Staffordshire University • Queen' University Belfast Croatia • Split University Cyprus • University of Cyprus Slovenia • Int’l School for Social and Business Studies Slovakia • Slovenska Polnohospodarska Univerzita V Nitre France • Université de Limoges • Téthys, Aix-Marseille University • KTH Royal Institute of Technology 5
  6. 6. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 Some of our EU Partners (cont.) Italy • Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna • University of Roma Tre • Rome University La Sapienza • Universita 'Degli Studi de Genova • International Telematic University " UNINETTUNO“ • Link Campus University • University of Cassino and the Southern Lazio Belgium • University of Hasselt Bulgaria • Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” • University of Economics-Verna Spain • Universitat Politecnica of Catalunya • Barcelona University • University of Alicante • University of Granada • University of Barcelona • University of of Deusto • University of Cadiz (Located in Calle Ancha) • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia) • Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia 6
  7. 7. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 Some of our EU Partners (cont.) Greece • Helenic Republic Technological Educational Institution of Athens • AIT (Athens Information Technology Center of Excellence for Research & Education) • University of West Attica Finland • Karelia University of Applied Sciences • Tampere University Poland • Warsaw University of Technology Malta • Link Campus University of Malta Czech Republic • Masaryk University 7
  8. 8. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 PSUT Initiatives on Social Responsibility 8
  9. 9. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 First: Migration and Intercultural Dialogue Migration • PSUT & Kiron; Kiron is an NGO that works on developing and providing online courses mainly for Syrian refugees. Students in program are allowed to continue their study in PSUT till the end of BSc degree. • PSUT is an active educational partner with HOPES(Madad) program funded by several EU organizations, to support refugee students on their Post Graduate & Under Graduate studies. • PSUT is an active and co-funder Higher Education Institution for Abdullah Al-Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) STEM Program to support refugees & disadvantage students. • Campaigns to help restore schools in Zaatari Refugee Camp. • Joint cooperation with BATH University in a project for the Azraq and Al-Zaatari Syrian refugee camps, under the title “Appropriate housing for refugees living in difficult climatic conditions”. • "The Light of Knowledge" Library in the Zaatari Camp for Syrian Refugees donated by PSUT , in cooperation with the Jordanian Library and Information Association. Itis considered the first library to be developed in the camp. • PSUT has rehabilitated and trained more than (20) libraries to work in the libraries of Tafila Governorate, in cooperation with the Jordanian Library and Information Association. • Support and improve living conditions of Children in the camp. • Educational and entertainment activities for children living in camps. • Financial aid from PSUT and other volunteers offered for Zaatari Camp. 9
  10. 10. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 First: Migration and intercultural dialogue (cont.) Intercultural Dialogue • 2016-Joint effort of the Higher Council for Science and Technology’s organizations, RSS and the Princess Sumaya University for Technology on promoting positive cultural and intellectual tendencies, through the launch of many cultural programs. • 2019-PSUT participation in a unique experience in the fields of art of debating, and constructive intellectual dialogue:  Jordan was represented by the following university teams: the University of Jordan and the Princess Sumaya University for Technology.  PSUT team participated in the Fifth International Universities Arabic Debating Championship, won 1st place and was crowned world champion, Doha, Qatar, 2019.  Won the 1st Asian Arabic Language University Debating Tournament Asian champion in Malaysia, 2019 10
  11. 11. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • Security Training workshops in Forensics for governmental agencies free of charge. • PSUT will host a community Awareness & Gaming session in SDGS (Sustainability Development Goals); 40 students will join implementation of 2030 SDGS Japanese Game for the first time in Jordan & Arab courtiers, in 2020. • Built software solutions for government agencies and not-for-profit agencies. Examples :  Application for Food and Drug agency  Application for Green Buildings Council in Jordan. • Training for high school and elementary school students (class grade 7-12) in programming and codability through our ACM chapter • Problem Solving training to Jordanian universities. Our ACM chapter offers continuously training in problem-solving to all Jordanian universities. • Mandatory requirement for graduation; each students must plant a tree in a designated area operated by PSUT as part of their community service activities. Second: Student engagement 11 Social, cultural and humanitarian purposes outside the university
  12. 12. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • European Funded Projects:  PSUT was selected to lead on several products funded by Tempus Erasmus+ schemes.  We helped build capacity and improve many Jordanian universities through these European programs. • JoAnimate; a festival and conference open for public which includes contest, workshops, movie nights and gaming activities • Google Training: it was first of time to be held to PSUT Faculty to introduce Google cloud • Arabic Content: PSUT has held several workshop and participated in several conference to increase the Arabic content online and raise its level. As a result a start up “Mawdoo3” was established in 2011 A comprehensive online Arabic content publisher, based in Jordan, that uses the wiki system similar to Wikipedia, and provides premium quality Arabic content . Mawdoo3 is one of Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship Alumni & Start-ups • Game Summit: it was annual international conference for gamming was held with the support of PSUT staff and students to promote Jordan as hub form gaming in the region 12 Second: Student engagement Social, cultural and humanitarian purposes outside the university (cont.)
  13. 13. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • PSUT - Cisco Academy: international Academy that is interested in networking, it teaches students in general the skills needed to build, design, and maintain, networks. • PSUT Robotics Club: made of engineering and IT students. They are upgrading capabilities for students and participating in reputable competitions. • JOI contest: Jordan Olympiad of informatics, it is a contest held many times at PSUT for public and private schools in Jordan to promote computational education in Jordan • IOI Training: training for public and private schools in Jordan to leverage their capacity so they can participate in international Olympiad of informatics • JCPC contest Jordanian Collegiate programming contest which was held first time ever at PSUT and many times later to increase the capacity of the Jordanian student in problem solving 13 Second: Student engagement Social, cultural and humanitarian purposes outside the university (cont.)
  14. 14. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • Jordan Top Hacker: a scientific competition to support obtaining the necessary expertise in the field of digital information protection and knowledge of scientific truth about the ethical hacking principles. • Amman Tech Tuesday for several years tech expert help a monthly meeting each first Tuesday of every month at PSUT to discuss new topic in IT. • Women in CS is an activity to promote and elaborate the women role in Computer Science in PSUT and Jordan • Animation and Stop Motion workshops held at PSUT to teach public these topic • IEEE extreme: Jordan teams of this worldwide contest were hosted several times in PSUT, hundreds of Jordanian programmers were accommodated for 24 hours each time. PSUT won the 1st, 2nd, 4th Arab and 4th , 6th, 22nd, 61st and 91st Worldwide out of 4103 teams in 2019. • PSUT won the 1st & 2nd PLACE champions of Middle East and Africa ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), 2019 1 Second: Student engagement Social, cultural and humanitarian purposes outside the university (cont.)
  15. 15. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • MIRA (2008 - 2013): Aims at developing a scientific and technological partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC), by the use of dialogue platforms, identifying topics of common scientific interest, promoting the creation of an Observatory of EU-MPC scientific cooperation. • MED-Dialogue (2014 - 2016): The Dialogue between EU and the Region by preparing focused Position Papers on the issues relevant for the EU-MPC research cooperation in Horizon 2020. • PRIMA (2017): A 10-year agreement has been initiated to create new research and innovation approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in the region. Third: Open access to science for researchers (“OpenScience”) and the sharing of science with a wide audience. 15
  16. 16. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • Access to theses published by PSUT students:  Very recently, the cooperation between the graduate school and the library led to the theses database, which includes all master theses published by PSUT available for the public.  The link to this database is available on the graduate school website, and it can be accessed freely by anyone. Through this database, full theses download option is available, without requesting any fees or access permissions. • Access to PSUT faculty research:  all research conducted by PSUT faculty members have been posted through the research database  Aim to link PSUT researchers to the community through keywords needed by the community. 16 Third: Open access to science for researchers (“OpenScience”) and the sharing of science with a wide audience. (cont.)
  17. 17. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 17 Fourth: Entrepreneurship and Professional Integration • Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE), a non-profit organization was established in 2004 to help develop the field of technology entrepreneurship in Jordan. • Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC) which is open to universities, entrepreneurs and professionals from different sectors. • The annual event of The “Global Entrepreneurship Week “; Aim to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among the Jordanian society, especially young people, and works to utilize that group to help transform Jordan into a regional hub for entrepreneurship. • QRCE partners with El Hassan Science City, The Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), El Hassan Business Park (EHBP), and The Royal Scientific Society (RSS). Partnerships aim to offers students, scientists and entrepreneurs the space and facilities to apply intellect and technology to today’s critical challenges.
  18. 18. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 Fourth: Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship Alumni & Start-ups 18
  19. 19. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019 • PSUT has an integrated system of University Governance that involve all decision makers and sources. • PSUT have Governance Standards That are clearly stated and communicated to facilitate and organize the work of Social Responsibility, such as; Student in Campus Services: 1. PSUT Sustainability Policy 2. Student Guidance policy 3. Student rights and responsibilities policy 4. Student services policy 5. Policy for extra-curricular activities Community Service and External Relationships: 1 – Community relationships Policy 2 - The internal and external relations policy Fifth: Governance 19
  20. 20. Social Responsibility PSUT, 12-13 December 2019

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