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University of Jordan
الجامعة الأردنية
University of Jordan Logo.svg
MottoYears of Excellence
TypePublic
Established1962; 60 years ago (1962)
Endowment4,800,000 JOD ($6.77 million USD) (2015)[1]
ChairmanAdnan Badran[2]
PresidentNathir Obeidat[3]
Academic staff
1,485 (2019/2020)[4]
Administrative staff
2,415 (2019/2020)[5]
Students46,951 (2020/2021)[6]
Undergraduates40,142 (2020/2021)[7]
Postgraduates6,765 (2020/2021)[8]
Location,
CampusUrban
1.2 square kilometres (300 acres)[9]
ColorsRoyal yellow and Green [a]
  
AffiliationsIAU, FUIW, UNIMED, AArU
Websiteju.edu.jo
The building of the School of Engineering - University of Jordan
University Admissions Department

The University of Jordan (Arabic: الجامعة الأردنية), often abbreviated UJ, is a public university located in Amman, Jordan. Founded in 1962 by royal decree,[10] it is the largest and oldest institution of higher education in Jordan. It is located in the capital Amman in the Jubaiha area of the University District. It is composed of 20 faculties[11] and over 95 departments.[12]

The University District where the University of Jordan is located in is considered one of the most developed parts of Amman, with a rich history of education and culture and a high population density.[13] The University of Jordan is often nicknamed The Mother University (Arabic: الجامعة الأُم), the nickname stems from the fact that it's the first university in Jordan and it has graduated many public and political figures who took on important roles in the government and media and helped establish other universities in Jordan and neighboring countries.[14][15]

History[edit]

Prior to the founding of the University of Jordan, people of Jordan had demanded constantly that a university is to be built in Jordan. Back then, in the 1950s, most Jordanian students studied higher education abroad.[16] In 1962, ِa delegation from the British Army met with the commanders of the Jordanian Army to negotiate terms for an aid from the British government intended to help with the establishment of the University of Jordan.[17][10] Before King Hussein bin Talal gave the royal decree,[10] he had been negotiating with the Prime Minister Wasfi Tal regarding the establishment of the university, they both agreed on moving forward with it;[18] and thus King Hussein bin Talal put Prime Minister Wasfi Tal in charge of establishing the University of Jordan.[18]

Academics[edit]

The University of Jordan offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The university has 78 undergraduate programs and 143 postgraduate programs divided into 109 master's degrees and 34 doctoral degrees.[19] The faculties are categorized into three streams: Scientific faculties, Humanitarian faculties and Medical (Health) faculties.[19]

Faculties[edit]

The University of Jordan's faculties include:

Scientific faculties[edit]

There are four scientific faculties:

  • School of Science
  • School of Agriculture
  • School of Engineering
  • King Abdullah II School for Information Technology

These faculties include 22 departments such as the department of Physics in the school of science and the department of Electrical Engineering in the school of engineering. The faculty of Engineering was established in 1975 and is now the biggest faculty in the University of Jordan, as of 2021 all its departments have been accredited by ABET; Chemical EngineeringCivil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.[20]

Humanitarian faculties[edit]

  • School of Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Sharia
  • School of Educational Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Physical Education
  • School of Arts and Design
  • School of International Studies
  • School of Foreign languages
  • School of Archaeology and Tourism

Medical faculties[edit]

See Also: Medical education in Jordan

  • School of Nursing
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Rehabilitation Sciences

Centers and institutes[edit]

Institutes:

  • Institute of Archaeology
  • International Institute for Teaching Arabic Language to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Social Work Institute
  • Institute of agricultural research training extension and education
  • The Institute for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World][dead link]</ref>

Centers:

  • Center for Photonics Research
  • The University of Jordan Language Center

Directed at offering courses of Arabic language as a foreign language.

One of 10 academies in the world that regulate Arabic language and literature. The academy is considered one of the world's top references for Arabic language and Arabic literature. The main publication of the academy is the biannual journal "The Journal of Jordan Academy of Arabic" (ISSN 0258-1094), as well as many dictionaries and other publications.

  • The Islamic Cultural Center

Established in 1982, it provides support for researchers on Islamic studies, it also organizes courses and seminars for Islamic history and literature scholars.[21]

  • The Center for Documents and Manuscripts

Established in 1972 to promote the study of Arabic and Islamic heritage, and to provide researchers with original and primary sources. The CDM library boasts 31,000 manuscripts.[22]

  • Water and Environment Research and Study Center[23]

The objective of the establishment of the center is to provide research in water management and environment on the regional and international level.[23]

  • Deanship of Research and Graduate Studies[24]

The University of Jordan launched its first graduate program in 1968/69, it was an MA program in Educational Administration and Guidance, the faculty cooperates with:

  1. Jordan Media Institute which offers a one–year practical master's degree.
  2. The National Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics, which offers MA and High Diploma.
  • Center for Strategic Studies Jordan

The center was established in 1998 aiming to perform political and economical studies on the national and regional level. The center also performs polls with high levels of accuracy. The center occasionally performs studies for Aljazeera.

Jordan University Hospital[edit]

Jordan University Hospital building

The Jordan University Hospital established in 1973 and merged with the University of Jordan in 1976,[25] is one of the most developed hospitals in Jordan. Its been accredited by many organizations, most notably JCI and HACCP.[26] It also has affiliations with King Hussein Cancer Center, which was the first Cancer Center outside of the United States to be accredited by the JCI Disease Specific Certification (DSC) in November 2007.[27]

Scientific research[edit]

Scientific collections[edit]

The world's only discovered fossil bones of the Arambourgiania pterosaur (discovered in Russeifa in 1943) are stored in the University of Jordan.[28]

The university research facilities contain collections of historic documents and manuscripts as well as fossil remains that are considered to be of valuable importance for the scientific community, "to provide primary and secondary sources for researchers", among which are the world's only discovered fossil bones of Arambourgiania.[28]

Jordan University Press[edit]

Wadah Khanfar, former director general of Al Jazeera

According to Nature journal, Jordan has the highest number of researchers per million people in the Arab World,[29] and the 30th worldwide.[30] In its objective to promote scientific research, the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research established collaboration with the University of Jordan Deanship of Academic Research in the early 1990s to publish several internationally peer-reviewed scientific journals on the highest standards in applied and social sciences as well as medical and pharmaceutical sciences. These journals are:

The University of Jordan Press issues the internationally peer-reviewed Dirasat Journal series, and several other journals in Arabic literature, Arabic and Middle Eastern history, and regional culture:

Rankings[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[41]601-650
QS Employability[41]301-500
THE World[42]801-1000
Regional – Overall
QS Arab region[41]9
THE Asia[42]251-300
THE BRICS[42]201-250

The university of Jordan has the highest admission scores for most majors in the country.[43] According to the 2021 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, it is the top ranked university in Jordan and the number 11 university in the Arab world.[44]

In 2021, QS has ranked the university in the 601-650 band in the world with 5 stars rating, 101-150 by subject rankings, tenth in the Arab world and 301–500 in graduate employability globally.[45] In the same year, Times Higher Education ranked the university within the 801-1000 band globally, 201-250th for BRICS and Emerging Economies, and 250–300 in Asian university rankings.[42]

International affiliations and agreements[edit]

Bilateral agreements[edit]

The University of Jordan has hundreds of agreements mostly for student exchange programs, of which 16 agreements are with universities in the United States[46] such as Vanderbilt University[47] and Murray State University.[48]

Affiliations[edit]

Students[edit]

The University of Jordan Student Union is the University's student body. A student council, formally called "Student Union" of 80 members is elected annually. It acts as a liaison between the students and the university administration on matters of major concern to students. It also publishes the student monthly Sawt al-Talaba (The Students' Voice).

The regulations governing the Student Union have been subject to several revisions and major changes since its conception. The latest version of these regulations was written by a committee of both students (Hamdoon Khateeb, Malek Khalaileh, Khaled Gabba, Yasmeen AbuTaleb, Issam Khoury) and faculty members (Dr. Ali Mahafzah, Dr. Ali Badran, Dr. Ali Sawwa) and put into effect in 2008.[49]

Alumni[edit]

First Cohort of Graduates of University of Jordan, 1966. Attended by King Hussein bin Talal (in the middle), Prime Minister Wasfi Tal (behind the podium) and the university lecturers.

Graduates from UJ have attained positions in many fields in many countries including government, science, business, literature, and military. Some notable alumni are:

See also[edit]

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