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

The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public university located in Al Mushaqqar near Madaba, Jordan. It offers more than 20 programs to roughly 5,000 enrolled students, primarily from Jordan. The curriculum differs from other Jordanian universities in which German language courses are offered as preparation for the fourth academic year at a university of applied science in Germany and an introduction to German industry.


GJU is a public university located in Al Mushaqar, Jordan. It was founded on April 25, 2005, by 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, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research[where?], began activities in Jordan. At that same time, a German planning office opened at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal in close cooperation with Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which is funding the university project for a period of four years.[citation needed]

Today, the university is generally perceived as an example of excellent relations between the two countries[citation needed]. Its array of programs are designed to encourage the training of young professionals who could move back and forth more conveniently between Europe and the Middle East.

Financial support[edit]

GJU receives funding from the German government, with additional contributions from the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. There are also indications that the American private sector provides financial support through a debt-swap agreement with Germany.[2]

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)

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 70 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. A large percentage of German professors comprise the academic staff, and courses in German and English as a foreign language are offered to 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.


Plans for a new campus in Madaba, designed to help people with special needs, are underway. When complete, the Madaba campus will accommodate 5,000 students[citation needed].


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