By Mohd Nazri Md Yasin
AMMAN, Jan 27 - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) delegation has managed to improve the university’s academic cooperation and internationalisation of education programmes with four Jordanian universities recently.
The delegation, led by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan had a working visit to Amman Arab University (AAU), Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Yarmouk University and the University of Jordan.
He described the visit was an initial stage to cooperate more closely through internationalisation ventures with universities in Jordan and the Middle East.
"This visit meets its targets by achieving positive understanding and commitment given by the four Jordanian universities.
"This is an effort to improve academic and research success, besides encouraging students/staff of universities in Jordan to come to UPM," he said.
He held a meeting with Arab Amman Universiy (AAU) President, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) President and Yarmouk University Vice President on January 26 to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and a letter of intent with the universities.
UPM delegation also inked another MoU after a meeting with the University of Jordan management officials on January 27.
All sides have agreed to cooperate in the fields of academic and research through students/staff exchange programmes, offer dual degree (jointly awarded degree), organise international conferences, seminars and research collaborations.
Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Fauzi also expressed his wish to invite the University of Jordan president and management officials to UPM to witness its facilities and academic system.
Also present during the visit was Education Malaysia Jordan Director, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azidan Abdul Jabar.
Amman Arab University
Amman Arab University was established in 1999 as a private, non-profit institution, specialises in graduate studies and under the name of Amman Arab University for Graduate Studies, it has become the first Jordanian university which was competent in offering master's and doctoral programmes. The institution is also a member of the Association of Arab Universities.
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) is a comprehensive, state-supported university located on the outskirts of Irbid, in northern Jordan, 70km north Amman, the capital city of Jordan. JUST was established in 1986 as an autonomous national institute of higher education with the main objective of producing outstanding professionals in specialisations that match the needs of Jordan and the region.
Since its establishment, JUST has been at the forefront of higher learning in the Arab World. It also maintains a high reputation among the Middle Eastern universities due to its faculty and administrative staff, multi-disciplinary educational system and broad diversity of students. The university was described as the best scientific institution in the Kingdom by King Abdullah II during his last visit, and it was ranked as the top research university in the country, and amongst the top 50 universities in the Islamic World, according to a study carried out by the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC).
JUST is considered today as one of the region's leading universities in teaching and research. The number of students has increased significantly since the university’s establishment. Today JUST has more than 800 full-time faculty members, with 20,000 undergraduate and 1800 graduate students, in contrast to 2,300 students in the 1986/1987 academic year. JUST comprises more than 5,000 international students of 60 nationalities, rendering it the most cultural-diverse university in Jordan.
The university provides a wide range of advanced degree programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, many of them are not offered by any other Jordanian university. At the present time, the university comprises 12 faculties (Medicine, Engineering, Science & Arts, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Architecture, Information Technology, Applied Sciences, Nursing and Graduate Studies) and 55 departments offering 42 undergraduate programmes and 95 postgraduate programmes. These programmes are constantly reviewed to improve their quality and to ensure that the students are always updated with the latest scientific skills and knowledge. All departments, faculties and service units are working together to ensure that the education offered is both supportive and rewarding.
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