Al-Ahliyya Amman University

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Al-Ahliyya Amman University
(Amman University)
جامعة عمان الأهلية
Latin: Al-Ahliyya Amman University
Established1989 (1989)
AffiliationIAU,[1] FUIW,[2] AArU, AAPIHE[3]
ChairmanDr. Ahmad Al Hourani
PresidentProf. Dr. Sari Hamdan
Academic staff
49.66 acres (0.2010 km2)
Aerial view of AAU Campus

Al-Ahliyya Amman University (AAU) (or Amman University, or Amman Private University) is located in Amman, Jordan. Founded in 1990, it was the first private university in Jordan.[5][6] The university is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Jordan,[4] and is a member of four university associations.[7][8][Note 1] Foreign students come from a diversity of countries, for example Syria, Iraq, the United States, Japan and Israel.[6]


Al-Ahliyya Amman University was the first private university in Jordan, founded in 1990 by Ahmad Al-Hourani with faculties of Law and Arts and Sciences. The university expanded to include Pharmaceutical and Medical Sciences and Engineering in 1991, with the faculty of Information Technology separating from the Arts and Sciences faculty in 2001. Nursing was added as a separate faculty in 2005, and in 2010 the university was expanded to include Architecture and Design. As of the 2009-2010 academic year, the university had approximately 6500 students and 277 faculty members.[6][7]

The introduction of graduate programs began in the academic year 2005-2006 with the master's degree program in law. Later came graduate programs in clinical psychology and pharmaceutical sciences (2009–2010); then English literature, communications engineering and business administration (2010–2011).[9]

In 2010, Al-Ahliyya Amman University entered into an agreement with International Studies Abroad to provide opportunities to study in Jordan to US university students.[10]

As of early 2013, based on its web impact and presence, Al-Ahliyya Amman University was internationally ranked at 9075 on the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities of more than 20,000 universities, and was listed 16th of 38 ranked universities within Jordan.[11][12]

Structure and programmes[edit]

The university consists of eight faculties:[4][6][13]

  • Architecture and Design
  • Engineering
  • Administrative and Financial Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy & Medical Sciences

Through these faculties the university offers undergraduate programmes in 29 fields and six postgraduate degrees.[13]

The school year is divided into two 16-week semesters with an optional 8-week semester in the summer.[14]

Deanship of Student Affairs[edit]

The Student Affairs Department began in 1990 when the university was founded. In 1993 it was renamed the Deanship of Student Affairs.[15] The Deanship organizes activities for students, such as student clubs, sports, career counselling, organizes transport, provides security services, and offers accommodation. It also publishes the school's newspaper, "Amman Al-Ahliyyah News".[16]

Hourani eLearning Center[edit]

The Hourani eLearning Center (HEC) has an Assessment Management System (AMS), which gives online exams to students. The results are available immediately after the exam and can be archived. A technical staff works with instructors to set up and implement the exams.[17] The center includes an auditorium, which has a video conferencing system that can connect to HEC labs, and the local and international communities.[18]

On January 28, 2013, Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) agreed to help set up and technically support a Cisco Global Academy at AAU. The academy will have courses in network engineering and information security.[19]

Proposed extension in Israel[edit]

On May 31, 2004, representatives of Al-Ahliyya Amman University had talks in Israel with its Education Minister about opening an extension of the university there. Possible sites for the facility included Nahariya and Emek Hefer. Eitan Ben-Tsur, a former director-general of the Israel Education Ministry, was expected to be the president of the extension.[6]

The proposed extension was opposed by some in the Arab world. In a letter to the university's director, 500 Syrian students said they would leave the university if the extension in Israel were established.[6]


  1. ^ International Association of Universities (IAU);[1] Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW);[2] Union of Arab Universities and Association of Arab Private Institutions of Higher Education (AAPIHE).[3]


  1. ^ a b "The complete list of Member Institutions — Jordan". International Association of Universities. February 6, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Member Universities". Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. FUIW. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2013. (Listed as Amman Private University.)
  3. ^ a b "Members: Jordan". The Association of Private Arab Institutions for Higher Education. AAPIHE. Retrieved February 7, 2013. (Listed as Amman Private University.)
  4. ^ a b c "Al-Ahliyya Amman University". 4 International Colleges & Universities. January 27, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  5. ^ King Abdullah. (2011). Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril, Penguin, Uk. ISBN 9780141960395. p157.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Khromchenco, Yulie (June 1, 2004). "Amman university wants Israel branch". Haaretz. Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  7. ^ a b " "About AAU". AAU website. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Universities in Amman". isa. International Studies Abroad Inc. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Graduate Studies & Scientific Research: History". AAU website. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "International Studies Abroad (ISA) Expands Program Offerings to Middle East". (April 7, 2010) The Free Library by Farlex. Farlex, Ltd. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "Jordan". Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "it ranks more than 20 000 universities worldwide"
  13. ^ a b "Academic". AAU website. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  14. ^ Elshuraydeh, K; MA Majali; MA Assaf; F Sarraf; O Hamarneh, "Science & Technology and Innovation Profile of Jordan" (PDF), Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Capabilities in Mediterraneum Countries (ESTIME), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), p. 23, retrieved February 8, 2013
  15. ^ "Deanship of Student Affairs: The Deanship". AAU website. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "Deanship of Student Affairs: Sections and Services". AAU Website. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  17. ^ "HEC Services". AAU Website. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  18. ^ "eLearning Auditorium". AAU Website. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  19. ^ "Local universities to establish Cisco Global Academy". The Jordan Times. January 28, 2013. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.

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