The Department of International Relations and Projects at Yarmouk University organized the activities of the Yarmouk University International Week, in the presence of the President of the University, Dr. Zeidan Kafafi, and the Irish Ambassador in Amman, Dr. Vincent O'Neill.

Kafafi welcomed the participants in the activities of the first Yarmouk International Week, which will be a platform for partnerships, communication and exchange of best practices and experiences among all participating institutions and universities, reviewing the origins of Yarmouk, which came with the aim of providing quality education to its students in various disciplines at the levels of bachelors, masters and doctorates, and achieving a balance between the humanities in terms of And the scientific, engineering and medical specializations on the other hand, pointing to the interest that Yarmouk attaches to providing its students with distinguished teaching, opportunities for community service and extracurricular activities, and encouraging innovation, as it seeks to excel Aj young producers have integrity and vision and leadership thinking and not only the production of graduates.

He pointed out that Yarmouk and in response to the requirements of the labor market has developed a range of specializations such as cyber security, artificial intelligence, museum management, geographical information systems, innovation and leaders, stressing the university's interest in deepening its relations with various international educational institutions, where Yarmouk managed last year to cooperate with 43 universities European Union, an increase of 290% over the previous year. Through these partnerships, more than 200 students and employees exchanged between Yarmouk University and the European Union, in addition to signing 19 exchange agreements with Turkey. Yarmouk also achieved a 72% increase in the total financing of projects. Allergic, pointing out that, according to global rankings Yarmouk University ranked third in Jordan and the twenty-eighth in the Arab region and in the best 1,000 universities around the world.

For his part, the Irish Ambassador in Jordan, Dr. Vincent O'Neill, spoke about the role of higher education in achieving the goals of sustainable development, where he indicated that although Ireland is one of the newly emerging countries that it has been able to build a strong economy and to take its investment position within international companies, Stressing that the success of Ireland, despite its recent history, is due to its commitment to deepening its global ties and internationalization at various levels.

O'Neill pointed out that the Irish economy grew faster after joining the United Nations in 1955, because of its belief in the importance of playing its role in achieving human welfare and development, as Ireland was able to fulfill its role in the areas of peacekeeping, support for international development, and support for human rights, on the other hand Ireland has received many international aid which has enabled it to overcome many crises.

He said that there are many things that are similar in Ireland and Jordan, both of which are considered small countries to have multiple international relations, and have been able to build a distinct security and safety system for themselves, as they are considered to be one of the distinguished examples of strong countries with identity and the future that is known through their international relations, Pointing to the pivotal and effective role played by the Jordanian state through its reception of millions of refugees from neighboring countries that have experienced various crises and managed to be a safe haven for them.

He pointed out that in order for Jordan to benefit from its international relationship, it must access international markets to strengthen its commercial ties, to obtain support from the international community in exchange for hosting refugees, and to strengthen its geopolitical ties with its allies to ensure its future.

He said that achieving sustainable development is the action plan that guides countries to reduce poverty rates and achieve the best future for their citizens, noting that the sustainable development plan set by the United Nations in 2015 includes achieving 17 goals, the most important of which are reducing poverty rates, climate change, and health, Education, water purification, gender equality, confronting famines, and promoting the use of clean energy sources, stressing the need to network with international institutions of higher education and scientific research in order for different countries to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

In turn, Director of the Department of International Relations and Projects, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the International Yarmouk Week, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom said that through the activities of the week in which more than 115 participants, including more than 50 participants from outside Jordan representing 23 countries, will focus on internationalizing higher education, and display For models of best applications, especially in student exchange programs and faculty, promoting entrepreneurial opportunities through exchange programs and capacity building projects, strengthening the link between industry and scientific research, diversity in higher education, and the role of educational institutions in achieving development goals Damh.

The opening activities were attended by the Nigerian Ambassador in Amman, the Vice-Presidents of the University for Administrative Affairs, Humanitarian College Affairs, a number of college deans, faculty members at the university and a crowd of its students.

The activities of the first day of the week included holding four working sessions, the first of which was chaired by Dr. Bassam Abu Karaki, Director of the Office of International Relations at Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, addressed the topic of "grants and opportunities for exchange of students and faculty members", in which Gabriela von Verks, director of the office The German Association for Cultural Cooperation DAAD, Alan McNamara of the Jordanian-American Committee for Educational Exchange "Fulbright", and John Heshmeh, Assistant Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in Amman.

The second session, chaired by Dr. Fahd Awad from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, addressed the topic "Opportunities available for entrepreneurship exchange through capacity building projects and international exchange programs", in which Dr. Hwan Van of the Royal Technological Institute in Sweden participated, and Dr. Sedky Hamdan of the Department Jordanian statistics, Dr. Jose Quadrado from Portugal, and Reham Danon from the International Affairs Unit at the University of Jordan.

The third session, chaired by Dr. Omar Arabiyat from Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan, addressed the topic "Partnerships: models for best applications", in which Dr. Salvatore Giovanni of the Royal Belgian Music Institute, and Areej Samirin of the King Hussein Foundation of Jordan, and the fortune of Qutaish from the association participated. The Scientific and Royal University, and Ghaida Khasawneh from the Jordanian Statistics Department.

The fourth session, which was chaired by Dr. Abdullah Al-Zoubi from the Jordanian University of Science and Technology, addressed the topic "Diversity in Higher Education", with the participation of Max Bowles of Bonn Rien Sage University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and Dr. Kamir Kassem from Abant Ezzat Baysal Turkish University.

The week's activities also included a presentation of research projects funded from abroad for researchers from Yarmouk University, an exhibition to highlight the publications of participating institutions, and a presentation, in addition to the Irish pavilion organized by the Irish embassy on the sidelines of the event, in addition to holding a workshop for students on soft skills support organized by the American embassy, The activities of the first day also included a folklore show of the university band.

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