Monday, February 4, 2013 Amman - In cooperation with the UN Women, Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE), and a national directive committee encompassing several Jordanian universities, Int@j and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Mutah University has started preparations for hosting the Sixth National Technology Parade (NTP), which is held annually with the participation of hundreds of Jordanian university students.
Co-organized by the UN Women and QRCE which has started to receive participation applications through its website, the annual event seeks to urge participating students to unveil their creative talents and skills in research and development and use their abilities to serve the community.
The Technology Parade was first launched in 2008 to give participants chances to get jobs as part of a project that aimed to secure equal job opportunities in the IT sector. To ensure the continuation of the event's huge success achieved in the past years, the UN Women signed a cooperation agreement with QRCE which, upon the agreement, will organize the Parade for the coming years, given the proven capabilities and longstanding expertise of its staff to organize pioneering activities that support entrepreneurs across the nation's various sectors in general and the academic field in particular.
Aiming to add excitement to the ambiance of the event and enrich its activities, this year's Parade will incorporate the “Industry University Linkage” competition, which will be sponsored by the Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) and the Industrial Research and Development Fund (IRDF), which follows the Higher Council for Science and Technology. The participating students will for the first time have the chance to put forward practical solutions to help industrial enterprises overcome the technical obstacles they face and develop their products.
In addition, participants in the 'Graduation Projects” competition for science, engineering, and ICT students will be able to pitch their projects during the first day of the two-day Parade, while the winning project will be selected by a special panel of judges in the second day.
In his comment, Prof. Abdul Rahim Al Hunaiti, President of Mutah University, said: “We aspire through this Parade to build bridges between academic institutions and industrial sectors while making the obstacles and technical problems which those sectors face the topics of research projects for graduate students. We also seek through this platform to interact with private sector companies and demonstrate the high potentials of students.”
Highlighting the university's effective role in developing the Sothern region, Prof. Dr. Al Hunaiti noted that Mutah University is one of the Kingdom's leading universities and aspires through hosting the event to groom Jordan's future leaders and inspire other universities across the Kingdom to follow its example.
For her part, Anoud Al-Majali from the UN Women pointed out that the provision of scientific solutions to the problems of industrial and engineering sectors and the ability to compete at international levels are among the standards and scientific specifications that will be considered by the panel of judges when selecting the winning projects in the “Graduation Projects” and “Industry University Linkage” competitions.
Al-Majali also underscored the UN Women's constant keenness to back the technical skills of female students in the Information and Communication sector to enable them to get eligible for employment in the sector. To underline women's role in community development, Al-Majali noted that two cash prizes, JD 1,000 each, will be awarded to the best two female student-created projects in the 'Graduation Projects” competition.
In his turn, Ziad Homsi, President of ACI, said: 'The role of universities is not limited to teaching and granting academic certificates. It extends to supplying the local market with qualified people capable of taking its competitiveness and market share to the next level. Furthermore, academic institutions can contribute to the development of industries if suitable opportunities were found for them to link their research activities to the needs of industry.”
Rima Ras, the Director of IRDF, said: 'The main objective of the 'Industry University Linkage' competition is to acquaint participants with the technical problems faced by the industrial sectors, motivate their creativity to go beyond the regular, and encourage them to focus their research and graduation projects on areas of interest to Jordanian businesses while trying to come up with novel techniques and alternative mechanisms that may help solve the problems of the Jordanian industries.”
To engage the greatest number of participants in the Technology Parade, QRCE launched in cooperation with the UN Women and Mutah University a comprehensive media campaign that targeted promising entrepreneurs from all Jordanian universities. The campaign featured a number of introductory seminars on the event to provide guidance for university students and link them with the event organizers.