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German-Jordanian University

The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is one out of ten public Jordanian universities and was founded in 2005 by royal decree based on the model of German universities of applied sciences. The decree is based on an agreement between the Jordanian ministry of science and the German federal ministry of education and research (BMBF). Subsequently a planning office was opened at the university of applied sciences Magdebug-Stendal, which created a concept in cooperation with the federal ministry of education and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The German side supports the project financially through the DAAD, the BMBF and the state Sachsen-Anhalt. The Jordanian private sector is contributing both financial and non-monetary resources to support the setup.

The university is designed for five thousand students, coming both from Jordan and neighboring countries. The five year studies are kept very practically and application-oriented, based on the German model. Additionally, a big portion of the teaching staff is German. The studies include extensive language training for German and English, in which every student learns German. After the initial phase is taught in English, especially the last year of studies is taught in German. Regional studies as well as intercultural training are part of the studies. Additionally, studying for one year in Germany is a mandatory part of the studies at GJU. The year abroad is composed of spending one semester at one of GJU’s more than 90 partner universities, and the second semester doing an internship. Finding the internship is the students’ own responsibility. About 80 universities of applied sciences are involved in the design of the different curricula and the recruitment and selection of German teaching staff as well as the admission and support of GJU students during the year abroad.

In both countries the founding of GJU took place in connection to political and other important institutions; the new university of applied sciences is an important contribution to the traditionally good bilateral relations. The underlying philosophy is a reliable, ambitious and excellent education of young people, which provides them with the ability to operate professionally and unbiased in the European and Middle East cultural space. Through this know-how the existing good relations can be further developed and strengthened, especially economically.

One of the main characteristics of GUJ is the close collaboration with industry. The Office for Industrial Links (OIL) at GUJ is responsible for the creation and development of industry contacts and has built, together with the GUJ project office at the University Magdeburg-Stendal, an extensive network of industrial partners in Germany and Jordan. Furthermore, the OIL is offering career services for students and alumni and supports entrepreneurial activities through the program called “Program Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (PIE).



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