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University of Petra is a private university in Amman, Jordan. The University offers the Bachelor and Master Program and has more than 33 nationalities from Arab and foreign countries. The University is conveniently located on the airport road and features a green campus as well as modern facilities such as workplaces, laboratories, ceremonies and studios. It provides students with a high level of applied education and prepare them for the local and international labor market. Beside that, it provides female student housing equipment with the highest levels to cover all the services needed by female students.
About the UniversityEdit
The university was established in 1991. Its first class graduated in 1994 and was then called the "Jordan University for Girls" since in its policy, it was adopted to be a university dedicated to girls. However, the name was respectively changed to University of Petra in 1999 for its new policy of allowing male students to join it.
The university offers a variety of programs at its eight faculties. Arabic is used for teaching of humanities, and English is used as the teaching medium in most of the other disciplines. New students undergo Arabic, English and IT assessment tests to specify their levels and are provided with intensive bridging courses if needed. The eight faculties are:
In 2015, the University of Petra transformed to a solar power system to generate full electric power from 1.5 MW. Previously, the university's energy consumption on campus for 2012 was 3,066,631 kWh and in 2013 the consumption decreased to 2,886,705 kWh. In 2014, power consumption dropped to 2.306.845 kWh as a result of changing a valve. The university has its own artesian well and the water is treated to be suitable for its intended purposes (especially for drinking purposes) and provides the university with all its water needs. Moreover, the university also has a sewage treatment plant and the water is completely treated in the plant to provide water for irrigation. The campus is equipped with pedestrian crosswalks while buses and vehicles are not allowed to wander the university except on the ring road in order to enter and exit the campus. The university has also a parking lot near the entrance gate which is a multi-story parking to accommodate vehicles with a capacity of 1000 cars. In addition, there are car parks next to the faculties for quick exit purposes.
Academic staff profileEdit
The University has about 193 qualified teaching staff members, the majority of which are Jordanians but there are lecturers from many Arab countries such as Syria, and Iraq.
Students are assisted to adapt to University life and culture by the Deanship of Student Affairs (DSA) and their academic advisors. At the start of each academic year, DSA organizes an orientation program for new students, in which seniors, starting with the University President, address them. They are provided with information on UOP rules and regulations and introduced to facilities therein. UOP provides transportation services for students for a nominal fee. The University also provides health insurance to all students and staff.
The University of Petra is home to about 1000 international students from 31 different countries.
The number of graduates from 2002/2003 until the end of the summer semester 2005/2006 is as follows:
- 2002/2003: 436
- 2003/2004: 632
- 2004/2005: 657
- 2005/2006: 772
The Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research is the Center of the research activities at UOPP. It is formed of two councils; One for research activities and the other for graduate programs. In accordance with the accreditation criteria, stipulated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, 5% of each university’s budget is allocated to support research activities. The Deanship also financially supports the publication of textbooks and travel expenses of academic staff who participate in regional and international conferences.
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