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     My Lord, make this country safe and blessed 


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    Amman at dawn

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    Al-Khazneh (Treasury), Petra

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    The Dead Sea

Why Jordan?


As a tourist State characterized by virtues of hospitality and courtesy, there are currently 40 thousand non-Jordanian students representing 107 global nationalities studying in Jordanian public and private universities. Moreover, there is a plan to increase this number to 70 thousand by 2020.
Jordan adopts the credit hour system of teaching rather than the system of years in the majority of disciplines.
English is the language of instruction in scientific, medical and allied medical faculties and in many other disciplines.
The Jordanian faculty members hold higher qualifications and expertise and are graduates of European and American universities.
Certain academic programs are accredited by international agencies like the engineering programs, medical sciences programs and business administration programs.
Certain Jordanian universities are trying to get advanced international ranking at Arab and international levels.
Faculty members and students at certain Jordanian universities have won regional and international awards in the scientific research field.
Some Jordanian universities are operating in foreign partnership like the German-Jordanian University.
Tuition fees in Jordanian universities are competitive compared to the rest of the world.
The cost of living for students is much lower than that in Western countries and is almost similar to that in the countries of the region.
Certain higher education institutions have established academic partnerships and agreements, in addition to joint research projects with eminent global scientific institutions and centers.

 Country - Students Number

Afghanistan - 4
Albania - 4
Algeria - 124
America - 232
Armenia - 6
Australia - 25
Austria - 4
Azerbaijan - 6
Bahrain - 747
Bangladesh - 6
Belgium - 1
Benin - 4
Bosnia & Herzegovina - 2
Brazil - 11
Brunei - 31
Bulgaria - 4
Burkina Faso - 20
Canada - 109
Chad - 5
China - 290
Colombia - 1
Comoros - 11
Congo - 3
Cote Divoire - 13
Croatia - 2
Cuba - 1
Cyprus - 4
Czech Republic - 2
D. R. of the Congo - 1
Denmark - 2
Djibouti - 2
Dominica - 4
Dominican - 1
Ecuador - 3
Egypt - 931
Emirates - 49
Eritrea - 43
Finland - 4
France - 27
Gambia - 11
Georgia - 1
Germany - 84
Ghana - 137
Greece - 4
Guinea - 2
Hungary - 4
India - 11
Indonesia - 68
Iran - 15
Iraq - 7489
Ireland - 5
Italy - 5
Japan - 2
Kazakhstan - 26
Kuwait - 3788
Kyrgyzstan - 21
Lebanon - 201
Lithuania - 1
Lybia - 573
Macedonia - 15
Malaysia - 2112
Mali - 2
Mauritania - 4
Mongolia - 1
Morocco - 65
Netherlands - 5
New Zealand - 5
Niger - 2
Nigeria - 185
North Korea - 3
Norway - 4
Oman - 1367
Pakistan - 45
Palestine - 9112
Palestine 48 - 1381
Panama - 4
Peru - 2
Philippines - 313
Poland - 3
Portugal - 2
Qatar - 281
Romania - 9
Russia - 62
Saint Kitts - 1
Saudi Arabia - 1410
Senegal - 36
Singapore - 149
Somalia - 67
South Africa - 2
South Korea - 14
Spain - 21
Sri Lanka - 1
Sudan - 134
Sweden - 25
Switzerland - 1
Syria - 6761
Taiwan - 5
Thailand - 427
Tunisia - 55
Turkey - 193
Turkmenistan - 1
Ukraine - 18
United Kingdom - 47
Uzbekistan - 2
Venezuela - 7
Yemen - 1408
Zimbabwe - 2

Facts and Figures


Official Name

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Capital

Amman

Population

9,531,712
(Female: 47%; Male: 53%)

Area

89,213 sq. km

Location

located in the heart of the Middle East, Northwest of Saudi Arabia, south of Syria, Southwest of Iraq, and east of Palestine. Jordan has access to the Red Sea via the port of Aqaba city, located at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan is named to the Jordan River, which passes on its western border.

Language

Arabic is the official language in the country and English is widely used as a second language.

Currency and Exchange Rates

: Jordan's currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or JD. It is subdivided into 1000 fils, or 100 qirsh or piasters. Jordanian paper notes appear in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50. Coins come in denominations of 1 JD, 0.5 JD, 0.25 JD, and 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils. The rate of exchange is 1JD=1.4$.

Holidays

Friday and Saturday, as well as in a number of religious and national days.

Time

Time is (GMT +2 in winter, +3 in summer. Summer time is observed from April through September.

Climate and Geography

Jordan has a Mediterranean climate prevailing in the north and west of the country. Generally, the country has warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with annual average temperatures ranging from 12 to 25 C (54 to 77 F) and summertime highs reaching the 30s. Rainfall averages vary from 50mm annually in the desert to as much as 580 mm in the northern hills, some of which falls as snow.

The Government

The system of government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is parliamentary with a hereditary monarchy.

Higher Education in Jordan


The sector of higher education in Jordan plays a key role in the process of comprehensive development at various levels and in many areas. During the reign of His Majesty King Abdullah II, higher education in Jordan has witnessed a significant progress in terms of the diversity of study programs, the patterns of teaching and learning that control both the quality and quantity and the expansion of higher education institutes.

In spite of the limited financial and human resources in the kingdom, higher education lies within the priorities of the Kingdom due to the role it plays in promoting the economic, social and knowledge level of the Jordanian citizens.

Higher education in Jordan started with the establishment of Teachers House, 'Dar Al-Mu'lemeen', in 1958 with a two year diploma aiming at preparing qualified teachers to work at schools belonging to the Ministry of Higher Education. Afterwards, the establishment of teachers houses succeeded and became known as 'Teachers Institute' which have been developed for 'Community Colleges' since 1970s. As for university education, it commenced by the establishment of the University of Jordan in 1962 as the first university in the country. Al-Ahliyya Amman University was established in 1989 as the first private university in Jordan.

His Majesty King Abdullah II has paid special attention to the higher education and steered his successive governments to focus on higher education and its development. Thus, His Majesty's reign has witnessed the establishement of many public and private universities. Different new academic programs have emerged from the agreements signed between Jordanian and foreign universities.

The number of Jordanian universities nowadays is (31) universities distributed as (10) public, (19) private, and (2) regional.

These universities are distinguished for their most modern higher education programs characterized by their high levels of knowledge that make them compete internationally for various positions and vacancies.

Education System in Jordan:


Access to Higher education

Access to Higher education

Access to higher education is open to holders of the General Secondary Education Certificate, or its equivalence from abroad, who can then choose between public and private universities and community colleges depending on their grades. The universities implement the credit-hour system which entitles students to select courses according to a study plan.

Applicants for Master’s degrees must hold an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree. The master's degree is required if they are applying for a Doctorate degree. Furthermore, students applying for higher studies are required to demonstrate their level of command in English through certain scores obtained via the TOEFL-iBT/IELTS or the National exam of the English language.

The score requirements vary depending on the course/programme desired.

University Education

Universities in Jordan offer a wide range of study programmes. Classes in Arabic as well as English are offered in many universities in Jordan. There are 3 types of higher education institution (HEIs):

  • Public: they depend on tuition fees and receive partial government funding.
  • Private: these institutions are run and financed by several parties (individuals and companies).
  • Other Institutions with special nature features such as The World Islamic Sciences & Education University, Arab Open University-Jordan branch (where the main branch is in Kuwait).

All of these universities are subject to the international standards of accreditation in terms of licensing and monitoring administered by the Higher Education Council, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions.

Application Procedures

Prospective students must apply directly to the higher education institution of they choose. Some of the higher education institutions in Jordan have an online application system or allow application through university service offices. Others accept applications by mail. Each higher education institution sets its own entry requirements. Students can contact the respective higher education institution to know the exact admission requirements and process. Noteworthy, a specialized unit in charge of facilitating and following-up the affairs of foreign students with the relevant entities they need during their time of study in Jordan has been established in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Student Accommodation

Many higher education institutions in Jordan offer accommodation facilities for female students. The costs vary from one institution to another. Students can also rent a flat apartment. They can stay alone or share it with other people. The cost varies depending on the location, number of people and rooms, and the facilities.

Academic year

The academic year is divided into two compulsory academic semesters, the first, (Fall) semester, and the second, (Spring) semester. The duration of each semester is sixteen weeks. There is also an optional summer semester with duration of eight weeks. (The summer semester is optional for both the academic staff and the students).

Curricula content

There are several types of curricula in Jordan:

  1. The most common requirements at all HEIs are the following:
    • University requirements: basic undergraduate courses, Arabic, English, and others.
    • Faculty requirements: introductory courses in the respective disciplines.
    • Department requirements: introductory, advanced and specialized courses.
    • A certain number of elective courses.
  2. The community college curriculum (in community colleges-diploma program-2 years) is set by the college itself, and is approved by Higher Education Accreditation Commission if it meets the accreditation requirements. All diploma programs that are offered by colleges are under the supervision of Al-Balqa Applied University, which also sets the comprehensive exams for the community college students.

The university curricula are defined at the institution level in line with the national standards set by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission.

Academic staff

The majority of teaching staff in Higher Education Institutions are Ph.D holders and graduates of prestigious European and American universities. They enjoy high qualifications and expertise in their respective fields. Currently, there are approximately 11,000 faculty members, of whom about 8,000 are PhD holders at different academic ranks (Professor/ Associate Professor/Assistant Professor).

Universities have centers for academic developments of the staff, in-service and out-service training, in skills and pedagogy, particularly in e-learning and blended learning. Ph.D holders can be appointed or contracted by the university as assistant professors. They can be promoted after five years to associate professor according to authorized terms set by universities (such as publishing researches in refereed journals).

An associate professor can also be promoted to professor after spending five years at associate level (if he also meets the promotion requirements). As for Master holders, they can be appointed as university teachers, assistant teachers, or lecturers according to the university rules.

Qualifications


Intermediate Diploma (After High School)

Credit hours:

72 Credit hours

(for 2-year diplomas)

A minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 7 semesters for completion of degree.

Duration:

2 years.

Credit hours:

92 Credit hours

(for 3-year diplomas)

A minimum of 5 semesters and a maximum of 9 semesters for completion of degree.

Duration:

3 years.

 

(Intermediate diploma includes a period of practical training in most disciplines)

Bachelor Degree

Credit hours:

Minimum 132 credit hours (i.e).

For Applied specialties, practical hours sometimes reach 40% of the specialization requirements.

Duration:

  • 4 years for most specializations.

  • 5 years for Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, and Architecture.

  • 6 years for Medicine.

Higher Diploma (After Bachelor Degree)

Credit hours:

24 credit hours

Duration:

1-2 years

Master Degree

Credit hours:

33 credit hours along with thesis or comprehensive exam

Duration:

2 years at least.

Doctorate Degree

Credit hours:

54 credit hours at least including thesis

Duration:

3 years at least.

Grading System


Each university has a different grading system; it varies from one university to another and from one faculty to another. There are two common grading systems applied at Jordanian Universities:

 Point Grading System

Symbol Point
A+ 4.0
A 3.75
A- 3.50
B+ 3.25
B 3
B- 2.75
C+ 2.5
C 2.25
C- 2
D+ 1.75
D 1.5
D- 0

Lowest mark to pass the course is ‘D’

(Please note that some other universities follow the point grading system, but with some differences from the table above.)

The cumulative point grade average is evaluated as follows:

Cumulative Average Evaluation
3.50 – 4.0 Excellent
3.00 – 3.49 Very Good
2.50 – 2.99 Good
2.00 – 2.49 Fair
< 2.0 Weak

 Percentage Grading System

Mark Evaluation
90% - 100% Excellent
80% - 89% Very Good
70% - 79% Good
60% - 69% Fair
50% - 59% Weak
35% - 49% Fail

Lowest mark to pass the course is 50%

The cumulative grade average is evaluated as follows:

Cumulative Average Evaluation
84% - 100% Excellent
76% - < 84% Very Good
68% - < 76% Good
60% - < 68% Fair
50% - < 60% Weak
Less than 50% Fail

 Community Colleges

As in schools, scores awarded in the internal examinations conducted by the community colleges, are given on a 100 point scale and a corresponding explanatory remark is provided in community colleges. No letter grades or distribution curves are used. A cumulative average score of at least 60 per cent is required to pass. A student's rank in the class is usually an important indicator of performance.

Percentage Remark
90% - 100% Excellent
80% - 89% Very Good
70% - 79% Good
60% - 69% Acceptable (Pass)
50% - 59% Poor
0 - 49% Fail

In spite of the fact that students have the opportunity to pursue their study through bridging to private and public universities if they pass the comprehensive exam with specific averages, work is underway to gradually reduce the bridging program. In its Resolution No. (537) dated 29/12/2016, the Higher Education Council (HEC) stipulated that the enrolment of students bridging from community colleges to universities should be reduced from 20% to 5% starting from 2017/2018 until the academic year 2019/2020, in order to reduce the number of students heading towards academic education and encourage them to enroll in technical education programs.

Higher Education Institutions