AMMAN — Four programmes at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) have received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) based in Baltimore, in the US state of Maryland.
The programmes are communications engineering, computer engineering, electronics engineering and computer science, according to a PSUT statement issued on Sunday.
“PSUT is the only university in Jordan with ABET-accredited programmes in these specialisations,” the statement said.
ABET, which was founded by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development in 1932, “has come to be recognised as a worldwide leader in the accreditation of programmes”.
ABET accreditation is “considered a great milestone for PSUT, even though it is a young institution at just 21 years of age”, the statement said.
“The university… will soon be cited on the ABET website among a list of elite higher education institutions in the world that offer ABET-accredited programmes,” the PSUT statement said, adding that “sabbatical applications of faculty members teaching ABET-accredited courses will be given priority by the accepting institution, and students enrolled in ABET-accredited programmes will have a much higher probability of being accepted by foreign universities”.
“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,” the statement quoted HRH Princess Sumaya, chairperson of the PSUT board of trustees, as saying.
“While this particular accreditation process involved the faculties of engineering and computing sciences, plans are already under way to have programmes at the faculty of business and technology validated by Lancaster University, UK,” the princess added.
“Ultimately, the goal is to have all PSUT faculties fully accredited internationally.”
PSUT President Issa Batarseh said the content and quality of degree programmes are key to ensuring employability of its students in an increasingly competitive job market, according to the statement.
“Regular institutional and programme 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,” he said.