Ambassador of Canada, Mrs. Donica Pottie signed #CFLI contribution agreements (CA) with new local partners in Jordan under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) om 13 July 2021

Seven CAs were signed with: Seenaryo سيناريو Jordan Country Director Lara Mclovr, Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA) Executive Director Hadeel Abdel Aziz, Jordanian Masarat for Development and Progress CEO Talal Ghnemat, مركز المواطنة - Citizenship Center CEO Abdullah Aljbour, جامعة اليرموك Prof. Ghazi Maqableh, Jordan University of Science and Technology JUST Acting Dean of Scientific Research Prof. Tareq L. Mukattash, and Jordan Open Source Association President Basel Ariqat.

Through theater and life skills training, Seenaryo will increase participation and resilience for #youth in Mafraq and Zaatari camp. In Zarqa. JCLA will establish a community center to provide access to comprehensive services for #GBV victims. Citizenship Center will increase women and youth participation and promote inclusive citizenship in a digital world “Citizen Podcast”. Yarmouk University “She Leads Network” will increase the participation of female academics at the university in leading international research projects and JUST will strengthen the right of people with disabilities in participation and integration through awareness, advocacy and creating a digital knowledge sharing platform on accessible places. While JOSA will build the capacity of #women rights organizations to respond to online gender-based violence and abuse, and to raise awareness and advocate for digital safety for women and girls. Last but not least, Jordanian Masarat for Development and Progress will work on strengthening gender #equality in political life in Jordan through advocacy and capacity building for decision makers, in government and the Parliament, on gender responsive legislations and policies: Women Voices.

A workshop on Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area "PRIMA" was organized by the International Relations and Projects Directorate at Yarmouk University in cooperation with the Scientific Research and Innovation Fund of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research with attendance of 33 Faculty members and a number of students at the University.

The workshop was held in conjunction with the call by the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area for Jordanian researchers to submit scientific research proposals to benefit from direct and indirect support within the program "PRIMA 2020," worth half a billion euros over 10 years. This program aims to build research and innovative capacities, develop knowledge and common innovative solutions to agro-food and water systems, make them sustainable, and contribute to solving the problems of water scarcity, food security and nutrition.

During the workshop, Ms. Samar Wrekat, Head of the Fund's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department and Coordinator of International Research Cooperation Programs, delivered a presentation on the program, explaining that during 2018, the Fund was committed to provide in coordination with the Higher Council for Science and Technology an amount of 100,000 to support research projects for the Jordanian side (30,000 per project), and only one project received support in (2019), while in 2020, 18 researchers submitted proposals to the Fund, where only 4 were nominated but unfortunately failed to pass the evaluation criteria from the European side. Then she highlighted the priorities set by the European side, the conditions to be met by the researcher, the documents and procedures to be followed for submission, as well budget distribution and scientific publication resulting from the project.

In turn, Dr. Mahmoud Abu Hussein, PRIMA Program Coordinator at the International Cooperation Department of the Higher Council for Science and Technology (SCSTP), explained that the program was launched in 2018 with the participation of 19 Mediterranean countries, and is considered the first of its kind at the regional level. He said that the program was divided into two sections, within the first section, researchers can apply directly to receive support from the European Union, while in the second, the co-funding of the national country through the competent national authority is requested, such as the Scientific Research Support Fund and the Higher Council for Science and Technology in the case of Jordan. He then explained the eligibility requirement and the technical and financial aspects for writing and submitting proposals, as well as the mechanisms for the program, noting that since 2017, the Government has authorized the Higher Council for Science and Technology to sign the PRIMA Agreement, as the national focal point for the program.

The International Relations and Projects Department arranged two ZOOM information meetings in collaboration with DAAD , one for staff members about the DAAD funding opportunities for individuals and institutions, and the other for students about studying in Germany.

During the first meeting which was held on Monday 25/3/2021 with attendance of 20 faculty members, the Director of DAAD Regional Office Amman, Mr. Benjamin Schmäling, briefed on the tasks and activities of DAAD in addition to information on the key issues of the DAAD strategy 2025. He presented on the funding opportunities for individuals and institutions, and on how to initiate partnerships.

On the other hand, Dr. Abdelnasser Hindawi, Programme Coordinator of the DAAD Amman delivered a presentation during the student session that was held on Thursday 28 March 2021 with 16 attendees, on studying in Germany in general, explaining the education system in Germany, the scholarships offered by DAAD for Higher Studies, types of higher education institutions in Germany, conditions of admission and the cost of admission for higher studies. He then highlighted the mission of DAAD, areas of its activities and the services it provides at the regional and global levels.

Yarmouk University organized a distant awareness workshop on "Intellectual Property Rights “ in cooperation with the Industrial Property Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply on April 5th, 2021.

The Director of the International Relations and Projects Department of the University, Dr. Ghazi Magableh, welcomed the participants, and appreciated the Ministry's response through the Directorate of Industrial Property Protection, to hold this workshop and to publicize the industrial property rights, indicating that despite Covid 19 Pandemic, Yarmouk University is always keen to communicate and interact with different local institutions, assuming its role in spreading knowledge and serving the community.

In turn, the Director of the Industrial Property Protection Directorate, Zain Al-Awamleh stressed the importance of intellectual property rights and the need to enhance frameworks for cooperation among concerned bodies, explaining that the workshop is part of a series of public and private sector awareness events conducted by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply. She added that there will be discussions with Yarmouk University to establish a Technology and Innovation Support Center Unit (TISC) aiming at exchanging patent information, intellectual property-related publications, and assisting in the search and retrieval of technological information, as well as training on database search processes, monitoring of technology and competitors, as well as the basic information on industrial property laws and marketing of information.

On the other hand, Mr. Motaz Al-Nameer, coordinator of the “Intellectual Properties Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Mediterranean Region” (IPMED) project at The Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO) presented a brief on the IPMED project, which is funded by the European Union through the Mediterranean Basin Cross-Border Cooperation Program within the ENI CBCMED tool. He explained that the project aims at building capacity of Intellectual property and entrepreneurship and will be implemented with a total of 1.194 million euros funded by the (ENI CBC MED). He pointed out that the project intends to develop micro, small- and medium-sized enterprises within the industrial and services sectors, and is to promote economic and social development and support young and women innovative projects in Irbid, noting that the implementation period of the project is three years.


Participants stressed the need to contribute to enhancing innovation potentials; building intellectual property rights ideas and mechanisms for start-ups, small businesses, micro-enterprises and entrepreneurial projects. There is a need to strengthen the capabilities of participating stakeholders by increasing their awareness of the principles of intellectual property rights.

The workshop also addressed several topics such as Trademarks, , industrial models, regulatory legislation and registration guidelines for trademarks and industrial models, the importance of registering industrial property rights and the consequences of infringement, as well as explaining some topics related to industrial property aimed at increasing creative and innovative activity.

The workshop was attended by around fifty faculty members at Yarmouk University, and a number of officials and employees of the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO).

Prof. Nabil Hailat, President of Yarmouk University inaugurated on Monday 15 March 2021 the activities of the Francophone Week which is jointly organized by the Department of Modern Languages at the Faculty of Arts and the Department of International Relations and Projects in cooperation with the French Embassy in Amman, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. The event was conducted virtually via zoom and runs until 22 March 2021.

Prof. Nabil Hailat said that every year Yarmouk University is devoted to celebrate the francophonie which brings together French-speaking people and represents values related to humanity and respect for diversity. He pointed out that Francophonie is not only a language and culture, but also a promotion of education, development, vocational training, sustainable development and economy, indicating the importance of French as a language for business worldwide.

He appreciated the efforts exerted by the faculty staff and students in organizing this event, praising the outstanding level of the Department of Modern Languages, and thanked Embassies of French speaking countries for their support and cooperation with Yarmouk University to organize this event.

For her part, Dr. Batoul Al-Muhaissen, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, pointed out that Yarmouk University is keen to annually celebrate Francophone Week, by holding many cultural, artistic, and recreational events in French for students of the Department, aiming at enhancing their language skills and improving their proficiency in French, which is one of the most important languages in the world.

Dr. Mamoun Al-Shtaiwi, representative of Yarmouk University at the the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), pointed out that the world every year celebrates Francophone in March, and this occasion represents is a unique experience that provides the opportunity for French speakers and learners around the world to celebrate the French language, which is spoken by over 300 million people around the world, by holding many events centered on the French language. He also appealed to Francophone countries, including France, Canada, Switzerland and Belgium, to support faculty staff members of modern languages, especially French language by developing their abilities and skill, organizing advanced and specialized courses in this field, and securing scholarships for graduate studies in order to keep up with modern scientific developments in the fields of language science and literature..


The ceremony was attended by Dean of the Faculty of Arts Prof. Mohammed Bani Doumi, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Osama Omari, Director of International Relations and Project, Dr. Ghazi Magableh, and French Language Instructor at Yarmouk University sent by the French MOFA, Mrs. Julie MENAT, in addition to a number of faculty members and students from Yarmouk University and other Jordanian universities.