The European Union Commission in Brussels announced the list of ICM academic mobility projects selected for funding under the Erasmus Plus program for 2020, in which it was announced that Yarmouk University won the partnership of 40 projects for students, faculty members and staff members. Yarmouk University ranked second among Jordanian Universities with the number of partnerships with European universities. This shows the outstanding level and the good reputation that Yarmouk University enjoys at the international and regional levels. This achievement is among the efforts of the Department of International Relations and Projects in enhancing internationalization, building partnerships and networking with prestigious global universities.

Prof. Nabil Hailat, President of the University, expressed his gratitude to the European Union, the Erasmus Plus Program and the Erasmus Plus National Office for their ongoing cooperation and support in the field of cultural exchange as this has a direct impact on sharing knowledge, learning about experiences of others, and sharing expertise in academic issues, training and research as a mean to global reach.

 

   

The Director of the Department of International Relations and Projects, Dr. Ghazi Magableh, received in his office Ms. Aseel Sawalha, an Erasmus + beneficiary student who won in the competition organized by the Erasmus + Jordan for the best photo of beneficiaries from the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility program, as part of Erasmus Days 2020.

Dr. Magableh affirmed that students of Yarmouk University are our source of pride and appreciation, because they always raise the university's name high wherever they are.

Dr. Ghazi also extended his thanks to the Erasmus + Jordan for such activities, which have a great impact on creating a spirit of competition among students and inspiring creativity and achievement.

 

The Acting President of Yarmouk University, Dr. Muwaffaq Alomoush, met with the Director of the Erasmus+ office in Jordan, Dr. Ahmad Abu-El-Haija, during his visit to the university to review the developments of the implementation of the BITTCOIN-JO project, which is one of the projects of the Erasmus+ program supported by the European Union.

Alomoush emphasized the interest that Yarmouk University attaches to scientific projects, especially those supported by European authorities, which are reflected positively on the scientific and research level of the faculty member due to his knowledge of various experiences and knowledge, and on the other hand it provides opportunities for students to scientific visits to different European countries, which enables the student to expand His awareness and strengthening of his capabilities in various fields as well as his knowledge of different cultures and civilizations.

He pointed out that Yarmouk, through its ancient research history, was able to obtain support for its research projects in various disciplines, stressing the university’s keenness to make these projects meaningful and applicable on the ground, which will positively affect the educational institution in particular and our country, Jordan in general.

Alomoush said that Yarmouk is proud of the implementation of the BITTCOIN-JO project in cooperation with other Jordanian universities, which aims to establish centers for technology transfer in higher education institutions in Jordan, praising the efforts of the project team for their hard and dedicated work towards its success.

In turn, Abu-El-Haija said that the Erasmus+ office always follows up the various activities supported in Jordan in order to verify its efficiency and that it is running within a successful business map, pointing out that this project has successful management and a distinguished work team, which enables it to create an effective relationship between the academic and industrial sectors.

Abu-El-Haija pointed to the need for educational institutions to give the subject of scientific research and supported scientific projects most of their attention due to their positive impact on the higher education sector, as higher education institutions in Jordan, through the Erasmus+ program, were able to create more than 30 bachelor's and master's programs in non-traditional disciplines, pointing out that Jordan has attracted about 107 projects through Erasmus+.

The meeting was attended by the University's Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Riad Almomani, the Dean of Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology, the Director of the BITTCOIN-JO Project, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom, and the Director of Public Relations and Media Mukhlis Ibbini.

It is reported that the project, BITTCOIN-JO, supports some of the main national priorities in Jordan, which are innovations and emerging companies. It also provides an opportunity for researchers who develop their research outputs as new products and services to market these products, as well as patents, publishing, and cooperation with the industrial sector, which has become an urgent need. For higher education institutions in Jordan, the project also contributes to establishing a new model for conducting technology transfer activities in Jordan through a series of trainings and capacity-building activities, and establishing sustainable technology transfer offices in Jordanian universities that work with university faculty members and students to market their projects and patents, to create startups.

 

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.

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