German Jordanian University

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Coordinates: 32°1′32″N 35°52′38″E / 32.02556°N 35.87722°E / 32.02556; 35.87722

German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public university located near Madaba, Jordan. It offers more than 20 programs to over 6,000 students, primarily from Jordan and the Middle East. The curriculum differs from other Jordanian universities, with German language courses offered as preparation for the fourth academic year at a university of applied sciences in Germany and an introduction to German industry through an obligatory internship within the framework of the study program. Manar Fayyad was appointed president of the university in 2017, after being its vice-president from 2013 to 2017.[2][3]

German Jordanian University
الجامعة الألمانية الأردنية
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GJU logo
PresidentManar Fayyad
Undergraduates2,801, 71% female[1]
Near Amman


GJU was founded on April 25, 2005 by royal decree, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany. In August 2004 a founding committee, in close cooperation with Jordan's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, began its activities in Jordan. The university's programs are designed to encourage the training of young professionals to move back and forth between Europe and the Middle East.

Financial supportEdit

GJU receives funding from the German government (namely the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), with additional contributions from the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany.[4]

Schools and programsEdit

School of Architecture and Built Environment

  • B.Sc. Architecture
  • B.Sc. Architecture and Interior Architecture
  • B.A. Design and Visual Communication
  • M.Sc. Spatial Planning
  • M.Sc. Architectural Conservation

School of Applied Technical Sciences

  • B.Sc. Industrial Engineering
  • B.Sc. Mechatronics Engineering
  • B.Sc. Mechanical And Maintenance Engineering
  • M.Sc. Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)

School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management

  • B.Sc. Energy Engineering
  • B.Sc. Water and Environmental Engineering
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering
  • M.Sc.Environmental and Renewable Energy Engineering

School of Applied Medical Sciences

  • B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering
  • B.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemical Engineering
  • M.Sc. Vision Rehabilitation
  • Diploma: The Tailored Training on Low Vision for eye professionals
  • Diploma: Vision Rehabilitation

School of Management and Logistic Sciences

  • B.Sc. Management Sciences
  • B.Sc. International Accounting
  • B.Sc. Logistic Sciences
  • B.Sc. Logistic Sciences / Dual Study Track
  • M.Sc. Logistics Management

School of Computer Engineering and Information Technology

  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Computer Engineering
  • B.Sc. Communication Engineering

School of Languages

  • B.A. Translation: German-English-Arabic
  • B.A. German and English for Business and Applied Studies
  • M.A. German as a Foreign Language
  • M.A. Translation: German-English-Arabic

Graduate School of Business Administration

  • Master's Degrees of Management Program
  • Master's Degrees of Marketing Program
  • Master's Degrees of Quality and Operations Management Program

German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences) modelEdit

In cooperation with the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, the project team joined about 70 German universities of applied sciences into a consortium. Its members design the study programs' curricula, recruit qualified German academic staff and host German students during their year. The consortium is open to additional German-language universities of applied sciences.

The five-year study programs at GJU will follow the model of the German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences), with their philosophy of industry-based practice and an application-oriented approach to knowledge. A large percentage of German professors comprise the academic staff, and courses in German and English as a foreign language are offered to encourage fluency. After an initial phase in English, program courses are taught predominantly in German. Regional studies and cross-cultural communication are also part of the curriculum.

All the students spend 1 year in Germany, 50% within a partner university, 50% within a company.[5]

Future plansEdit

Plans for a new campus in Madaba, designed to help people with special needs, are underway. When complete, the Madaba campus will accommodate 5,000 students.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Maha Ali, current Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply.
  • Anas


  1. ^ "Data". Archived from the original on 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  2. ^ "Professorin Dr. Manar Al Fayyad neue Präsidentin der German-Jordanian University". German-Jordanian University. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  3. ^ "A Word from the President". German Jordanian University. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. ^ Honig, Steffen; Magdeburg, Volksstimme. "Die wissensdurstigen Jordanier".
  5. ^ "Fachhochschulen: Das praxisnahe FH-Konzept Deutschlands ist ein Exportschlager".