German-Jordanian University

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Coordinates: 32°1′32″N 35°52′38″E / 32.02556°N 35.87722°E / 32.02556; 35.87722

German Jordanian University
الجامعة الألمانيه الأردنية
GJU logo.svg
Established 2005
Type Public
Undergraduates 2,801, 41% female[1]
Location Amman, Jordan
Nickname GJU
Website German Jordanian University

GJU is a public university located in Al Mushaqqar near Madaba, Jordan. It offers more than 20 programs to roughly 5000 enrolled students, primarily from Jordan. The curriculum differs from other Jordanian universities by offering German language courses as preparation for the fourth academic year at a university of applied science in Germany and an introduction to German industry.


The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public university located in Al Mushaqar, Jordan. It was founded on April 25, 2005, by a Royal Decree in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany. In August 2004, a founding committee took up its activities in Jordan. The committee was in close cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. At that same time, the German planning office opened at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and the German Academic Exchange Services DAAD, which is funding the university project for a period of four years.[citation needed]

Financial support[edit]

GJU receives government aid through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany). The State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences also contribute. There are also indications that the American private sector provides financial support.[2] The American government pays its from resources stemming from a debt swap agreement.[3]

Schools and programs at GJU[edit]

School of Applied Technical Sciences

  • B.Sc. Industrial Engineering
  • B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering
  • B.Sc. Mechanical And Maintenance Engineering

School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management

  • B.Sc. Energy Engineering
  • B.Sc. Water and Environmental Engineering

School of Applied Medical Sciences

  • B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering
  • B.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemical Engineering
  • M.Sc. Vision Rehabilitation

School of Management and Logistic Sciences

B.A Management Sciences B.A International Accounting B.Sc. Logistic Sciences

School of Computer Engineering and Information Technology

  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Computer Engineering
  • B.Sc. Communication Engineering

School of Architecture and Built Environment

  • B.Sc. Architecture
  • B.Sc. Architecture / Interior Architecture
  • B.A. Design and Visual Communication
  • M.Sc. Spatial Planning
  • M.Sc. Architectural Conservation

School of Languages

  • B.A. Translation: German/English/Arabic
  • B.A. German & English for Business & Applied Studies
  • M.A. German as a Foreign Language
  • M.A. Translation: German/English/Arabic

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The role of the German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences)[edit]

In close cooperation with the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Science, the project team united approximately seventy German universities of applied sciences into a cooperating consortium. Its members support designing the study programs' curricula, recruiting and selecting qualified German academic staff, and hosting students during their German year. The consortium is open to additional German-language universities of applied sciences that are interested in joining.

The five-year study programs at the GJU will be designed following the model of the German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences). These universities are characterized by their philosophy of industry-based practice and application-oriented approach to knowledge transfer. Academic staff includes a large percentage of German professors. Courses in German and English as a foreign language encourage fluency. After an initial phase in English, program courses are taught predominantly in German. Regional studies and cross-cultural communication, are also part of the curriculum.

The founding process of the GJU took place at a high-ranking political and institutional level in both countries; the university is generally perceived as a contribution to a tradition of excellent relations between the two countries. Its ambitious array of programs is designed to encourage the training of young professionals who would be able to easily move back and forth between Europe and the Middle East.


The new campus in Madaba plans to accommodate five thousand students. It is designed to help people with special needs.


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