Yarmouk University has developed and created a free online platform (https://BeEnglishReady.net/) dedicated to Arabic-speaking students with the aim of preparing them to take the GRE English test which enables them to complete their postgraduate studies at prestigious American universities.

The university president, Dr. Zeidan Kafafi, expressed his pride in the university’s staff, which managed to achieve this achievement, indicating that this platform represents the first real partnership within the U.S.-Jordanian University Cooperation Network managed by the American embassy in Amman, which represents a leadership for Yarmouk University in this field.

In turn, the Director of the University’s Department of International Relations and Projects, the Project Coordinator, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom, explained that this platform has been developed and established in Yarmouk with funding and cooperation with the American Embassy in Amman, stressing that this platform is the first of its kind on the Arab level.

The Department of International Relations and Projects at Yarmouk University released an introductory video on the international activities of the University during the remote work period due to the Coronavirus pandemic, through its website (https://dirp.yu.edu.jo/), and its official account in social networking - Facebook (https://www.fb.com/InternationalYU).

The Director of International Relations and Projects, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom, said that the video included a summary of these activities, which are the development and launch of its new website (https://dirp.yu.edu.jo/), and the development of a free online platform to prepare for the English language test - GRE (www.BeEnglishReady.net), winning the INVENT international project funded by the German DAAD program, winning the third stage of the EDU Syria project which includes 25 full master scholarships for university students, as well as winning a cultural exchange project with a Swedish university that includes providing 6 master scholarships for a period of one year, where the student obtains two master's degrees, one from Yarmouk University and one from the Swedish University.

Also, members of the university’s teaching staff participated in more than ten foreign funding projects with researchers from outside the country.

And the Department of International Relations and Projects followed up the procedures of signing international agreements, and following-up students of cultural exchange (European Erasmus and Turkish Mevlana programs), who are 29 students from various colleges of the university, and 12 foreign students coming to Yarmouk University, in addition to following up the management of international projects run by the university remotely, and the announcement of scholarships for exchange and nomination for students.

The President of Yarmouk University, Dr. Zeidan Kafafi, launched the new website of the University’s International Relations and Projects Department, where the launch of this website came from the university’s vision of strengthening its global and internationalization position.

The Director of International Relations and Projects, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom, explained that the department designed and developed this website (https://dirp.yu.edu.jo/), which focused on highlighting the international relations of Yarmouk University, and its various activities implemented in cooperation with various educational institutions internationally, which reflects the ideal image of the university and highlights its prestigious position in the international educational community, adding that this website is the first of its kind in Jordanian universities by containing updated information in the fields of international relations and projects.

For his part, Deputy Director of the Department, the development supervisor of this website, Dr. Mohammad A. Alzubaidi, indicated that the website includes international university news, announcements and international events, in addition to a list of international agreements, arranged by country or year, and a list of exchange programs and announcements of opportunities available for the exchange of students, faculty members and staff, and procedures for joining exchange programs (in terms of conditions, selection criteria, available support ... etc.).

The website also included a presentation of the university's publications, such as a profile of Yarmouk University, study programs at the university, university newsletters related to the international dimension and promotional videos for the university. In addition, the website included useful information for visitors to Yarmouk University, which includes information about the airport, visas, transportation, housing and hotels, currency exchange, domestic tourism ... etc.).

With regard to the field of international projects, the website included a list of funded international projects, arranged according to the year of funding, or the subject of the project, or the principal investigator. A portfolio has been created for each project and published on the website, containing (a summary of the project, project subject areas, the principal investigator for the project, the college, the project period, the funding agency, the partners, the budget and the university’s share in it, the project website, the project outcomes, and a selected photo for the project.) The website also included a list of the funding agencies, and lectures/tutorials on writing project proposals.

It is worth mentioning that all these contents are available in both English and Arabic languages.

Her Excellency Ms. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, EU Ambassador to Jordan, and Prof. Manar Fayyad, President of the German Jordanian University, signed a bilateral grant agreement for EUR 15 million to support 2245 vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees with fully funded scholarships to higher education.

The project is managed by GJU in partnership with Jordan University of Science and Technology, Yarmouk University, Mutah University, Zarqa University, Luminus Technical University College, in addition to the new partners: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Nuffic (The Dutch Organisation for Internationalisation in Education), and Queen Rania Teacher Academy. The Project also cooperates with Jordanian aid funds: National Aid Fund, Tkiyet Um Ali, Al-Aman Fund, and Zakat Fund.

Director of the Public Relations Department - Official Spokesperson for Yarmouk University, Mukhlis Al-Ibbini stressed that under the exceptional circumstances that our dear country and the whole world are going through due to the spread of the new Corona virus, it works through its various departments and human cadres "remotely" in order to maintain work and achievement .

He continued that Yarmouk University, according to the instructions issued by the President of the University, Dr. Zaidan Kafafi, to all departments and colleges in all circumstances and conditions always and never put safety and interest for its students at the top of their priorities, whether they are Jordanian or expatriate students, or students of cultural exchange programs implemented by the university through International Relations and Projects Department with various universities and international educational institutions.

In this regard, the Director of the Department of International Relations and Projects, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom, pointed out that the department, based on the university’s comprehensive plan to deal with this exceptional circumstance and with direct directions from the university president Dr. Zaidan Kafafi in following up our students or students visiting the university within the international exchange programs, is keen to follow up their conditions and their livelihood around the clock.

He added that, within the European Erasmus program, we have 29 students from Yarmouk University in Europe (10 of whom are females) distributed in nine (9) countries.

He continued, we have in Turkey (8) students, Germany (2), Italy (2), Spain (7), Belgium (2), Romania (4), Greece (2), Finland (1), Sweden (1), indicating that among these students only one student from Germany returned to Jordan during the Corona crisis.

Dr. Otoom added that, within the same program, there are only two students at Yarmouk University, one from Italy and the other from Turkey, stressing that continuous communication is made with students of this program, whether university students who are in Europe or students who are in the university through the "WhatsApp Group". The support required for our students is also provided by communicating with their European universities in case they need anything, and by providing them with instructions emanating from their host universities as well as those of the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs.

He added that the European universities in which our students are located, in return, inform us continuously of the measures that are being taken to deal with this pandemic, and we are also doing the same for their students.

Dr. Otoom said that Yarmouk University has (11) students from Turkey (10 of whom are females) within the Mevlana Turkish program.

Dr. Otoom emphasized that the University’s Emergency Committee headed by Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Anis Al-Khassawneh reviewed the needs of international exchange students present in the university and provided them with basic needs for their livelihood, which left a good impact for them, and some of them initiated to send messages to the department in which they thanked the university for their interest in foreign students, which make them feel in the difficult atmosphere, as if they are in their countries and homes.

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