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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.
الجامعة الألمانية الأردنية
|President||Ala Aldeen Al-Halhouli|
|Undergraduates||2,801, 71% female|
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.
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.
Prof. Ala’aldeen Al-Halhouli was appointed the President of the German Jordanian University as of August 23, 2021 By a Royal Decree. Al-Halhouli was a professor at the School of Applied Technical Sciences (SATS) and the Dean of the School of Applied Humanities and Languages (SAHL) at GJU. He also held the position of the President of the Middle East University in Jordan in 2019.
GJU comprises two campuses in Jordan.
Main Campus in Amman Madaba Street, Madaba’s campus offers a range of undergraduate courses. It contains Seven Schools. All Departments, Offices, the Library, Four Centers, three Deanships run from the Main Campus. Also, it includes cafeterias distributed all around the campus, transportation service, sport hall, students’ clubs, parking areas, auditoriums, and conference facilities, clinic, counselling and phycological services, and a nursery.
Jabal Amman Campus: located in downtown Amman, includes the School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE), three centers and Deanship of Graduate Studies, Library, Student Affairs office, and the German Lounge/Dialogpunkt.
German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences) model Edit
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 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 one year in Germany, 50% within a partner university, 50% within a company.
GJU comprises two campuses in Jordan, the Main Campus in Amman Madaba Street and the Jabal Amman Campus located in downtown Amman. The latter offers the School of Architecture and Built Environment, as well as postgraduate studies and Master's programs.
German Year Edit
Bachelor students must travel to Germany for one year. This is called the German Year. Students spend two semesters there; the first is a study semester and the second is for internship. GJU has partnerships with German universities and industries to facilitate these activities.
Dual Studies Program Edit
GJU launched its first Dual Studies track in 2018 to bridge the gap between theoretical education and practical experience with the support of the German government implemented through giz. Since then 13 majors were incorporated with Dual Studies Programs in business school, computer science and engineering, school of applied technical Sciences, chemical and pharmaceutical engineering, architecture and built environment, design and visual communication, English and German for business and communication. GJU has expanded its industrial partnerships to support the program where the number of companies has reached 79.
Notable alumni Edit
- Maha Ali, former Jordanian Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply
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