Amman, Sept 1 (Petra) – Four programs at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) have received accreditation from ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology based in Baltimore, MD, USA.
The programs are Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Computer Science. PSUT is the only university in Jordan with ABET accredited programs in these specializations, which are now considered to be among the best programs in the world.
ABET, which was founded by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD) in 1932, has come to be recognized as a worldwide leader in the accreditation of programs through a rigorous review process, to assure quality and stimulate innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education. ABET accreditation is considered a great milestone for PSUT, even though it is a young institution at just 21 years of age. The achievement is of course not without benefits for the university, its faculty members, and students. The university has achieved worldwide recognition and will soon be cited on the ABET website among a list of elite higher education institutions in the world that offer ABET accredited programs. Henceforth, sabbatical applications of faculty members teaching ABET accredited courses will be given priority by the accepting institution, and students enrolled in ABET accredited programs will have a much higher probability of being accepted by foreign universities.
PSUT has always maintained the highest international standards in its degree programs in an effort to ensure quality and continual enhancement, especially under the leadership of HRH, Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan, Chairperson of the PSUT Board of Trustees.
Princess Sumaya commented on the outstanding achievement, stressing that "If we are truly serious about science and innovation in our region, we must subject our educational processes to proper accreditation and quality assurance norms. It is vital that all curricula be rationalized in accordance with modern scientific criteria". The Princess added that "While this particular accreditation process involved the faculties of Engineering and Computing Sciences, plans are already underway to have programs at the Faculty of Business and Technology validated by Lancaster University, UK. Ultimately the goal is to have all PSUT faculties fully accredited internationally." Professor Issa Batarseh, President of PSUT, responsible for steering the accreditation process at PSUT to its successful culmination, insists that the content and quality of degree programs are key to ensuring employability of its students in an increasingly competitive job market.
He believes "Regular institutional and program reviews are indispensable if our graduates are to receive quality education that allows them to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers in the international arena. Today, local competition has been replaced by global competition. If our students are prepared for the global market, their chances of a rewarding career anywhere, including locally, are increased several-fold".
It took PSUT several years of painstaking preparation to apply for ABET accreditation, including the special design of courses and examination formats in keeping with international standards, self-evaluation, periodical reporting, and other actions.
"Winning ABET accreditation however, is not an end in itself, but rather a means to an end," says Prof. Al-Refai, Vice President at PSUT. "Much effort will have to be exerted to maintain and improve standards, since continued ABET accreditation over the years means sustained quality assurance and regular monitoring," he added.
The Dean of Engineering, Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, who presides over the three programs at the King Abdullah II Faculty of Engineering that have been simultaneously accredited, acknowledged that this accomplishment was the result of serious commitment to maintaining program quality and adopting a progressive and open-minded approach to the issue of program delivery. She said, "We left no stone unturned in our effort to offer the best educational experience and win international accreditation. Now that this has been accomplished, we will work even harder to keep pace with technological advancements and breakthroughs the world over, and to maintain the high standards we have set for ourselves".
Prof. Jalal Atoum, the Dean of Computing Sciences, believes that the accreditation of the undergraduate program in Computer Science at his faculty comes at a critical time for the Jordanian ICT sector, whose full potential to contribute to national and regional development is yet to be fully tapped.
He said, "The unprecedented dependence on computer software and hardware in these times, makes it crucial that we adhere to internationally recognized criteria set by prestigious accreditation bodies such as ABET".
"This recognition has inspired us to redouble our efforts to offer a better and wider variety of programs that can prepare our students for successful careers in the national, regional and international markets," he added.
ABET accreditation of four programs at Princess Sumaya University for Technology is just one of the many accolades that this unique institution has won in recent years - a step forward in its effort to offer top-quality, specialized programs that contribute meaningfully to the nation’s progress towards sustainable development and prosperity.
Article source: Jordan News Agency.