Petra University

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Coordinates: 31°53′36″N 35°52′23″E / 31.89333°N 35.87306°E / 31.89333; 35.87306

Petra University
جامعة البتراء
Petra University logo.jpg
Established 1996; 19 years ago (1996)
Type Private
President Adnan Badran
Academic staff
Students 5159
Undergraduates 5106
Postgraduates 53
Location Amman, Jordan
Colors Yellow and Red [a]
Affiliations IAU, FUIW

Petra University is a university in Amman, Jordan. Its president is Professor Adnan Badran[1]

History and academics[edit]

The university, based in Amman, was established in 1992.[2]

The university offers a variety of programs at its five colleges. Arabic is used for teaching of humanities, and English is used as the teaching medium in most of the other disciplines. New students undergo English and IT assessment tests to specify their levels and are provided with intensive bridging courses if needed. The five faculties are

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Educational Sciences
  • Architecture and Fine Arts
  • Administrative and Financial Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmacy and Medical Technology

Academic Staff profile[edit]

The University has about 300 qualified teaching staff members, the majority of which are Jordanians, but there are lecturers from many Arab countries such as Syria, and Iraq.

Students profile[edit]

Students are assisted to adapt to University life and culture by the Deanship of Students Affairs (DSA) and the academic advisor. At the start of each academic year, DSA organizes an orientation program for new students, in which seniors, starting with the University's President, address them. They are provided with information on PU rules and regulations and introduced to facilities therein. PU provides transportation services for students for a nominal fee. The University also provides health insurance to all students.

The University of Petra is home to about 1000 international students from 31 different countries. PU is currently working on establishing an International Office to support international students.

Tte number of graduates from 2002/2003 until the end of the summer semester 2005/2006 is as follows:

  • 2002/2003: 436
  • 2003/2004: 632
  • 2004/2005: 657
  • 2005/2006: 772


Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research is the center of the research activities at PU. It is formed of two councils; one for research activities and the other for graduate programs. In accordance with the accreditation criteria, stipulated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, 5% of each university’s budget is allocated to support research activities. The Deanship also financially supports the publication of textbooks and travel expenses of academic staff who participate in regional and international conferences.


  1. ^ Prof. Adnan Badran
  2. ^ "Universities. Jordan". Civic Education. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

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