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Germany boosts support for JGU in 2006

Further to the planned assistance of up to €2 million over the first four years after the foundation of the Jordanian-German University (JGU), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) granted scholarships for 60 students and 15 members of staff of JGU, for 2006 summer courses in Germany.

Students and members of staff were able to participate in intensive German courses in the German cities of Duesseldorf, Saarbruecken, Bremen, Cottbus and Magdeburg. At a press conference, conducted at the University last Thursday, Dr Dirk Stockhousen, the cultural attaché at the German embassy in Amman, emphasized the German commitment to the project saying it implies a political will of the German government. He added that the project is considered one of the most important German cultural projects in the region, and it further enhances the cultural exchange between Germany and Jordan.

Stockhousen expressed his appreciation for the great efforts undertaken by the Jordanian government, adding that JGU receives an increasing number of Arab students from Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine. Being a state university, JGU receives support from the Ministry of Higher Education, Stockhousen said. Dr Ziad Kurdi, dean of Students Affairs at the University told journalists that JGU is the first joint initiative between the public and private sectors in Jordan, adding that it’s the first university linking Jordan with parties from outside Jordan. He added that the university is aiming at narrowing the gap between the public and private sectors, calling upon the private sector investors to support JGU by increasing their investments. He told journalists that the University’s board of trustees consists mainly of members from the private sector, which represents the strong linkage the University has with the industrial sector. Besides, four members of the board of trustees are German.

According to Dr Ronald Moench, JGU’s vice president, the vision for the new institution is to play a pivotal role in the socio-economic and professional development in Jordan; its mission is to provide life-long learning and continuous education. This initiative has gained both the financial and ideological support of the governments and the private sectors in Germany. Moench added that the German project team has already managed to attract some 70 dedicated German universities to its cooperation consortium. He told journalists that JGU is intended to serve as a unique university of applied training, experiential learning and professional excellence oriented towards market and industry needs. It is thus expected to have its remarkable impact on Jordan and the region as a whole, by capitalizing on the best practices and expertise in higher education in both countries.

JGU has an objective to prepare highly skilled graduates with the relevant knowledge for the industry, and to contribute positively to the socio-economic development, to be able to survive today’s fiercely competitive and technologically oriented world, to boost industrial and economic standing in Jordan and in the region. A press release issued by the German embassy in Amman says: “It is planned that all students of JGU spend one year of their studies in Germany, to study at a German university and to complete an internship in German industry. During the internships, they will apply in practice what they have learned in theory during their studies. While in Jordan, all students study the German language in addition to their main subjects.”

JGU is unique, insofar as it combines scientific teaching on a very high level with a practice oriented approach geared towards the needs of the job market, in accordance with the German model of Higher Technical Education. Jordanian students will receive an education according to German standards at JGU. For the German government, JGU is one of the most important projects in the field of science co-operation in the entire Middle East. It is proof of the excellent relations between the two countries. Furthermore, the University is an important element to establish Jordan as a regional industrial center with a highly qualified workforce. The German government is committed to the continuing success of JGU. Currently, JGU is set up on temporary premises at the Royal Scientific Society compound and the Talal Abu Ghazaleh building on Makkah Street.

A permanent campus will be built by the Jordanian government in the Mushaggar area near Madaba. According to JGU, its targets are: To provide quality education to its students in applied engineering and management sciences and help them attain broad understanding of basic sciences and solid foundation for life-long learning; to encourage R&D for applied research within a dynamic industry-based collaborative environment that would better promote innovation, intellectual capital investment, and social and economic development; and to produce multilingual and cross-culturally trained professionals who possess social as well as academic skills necessary to meet the labor market demand.

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