German Jordanian University (GJU)
The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public university located in Mushaqar, Madaba. It was founded in 2005 by a Royal Decree, in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany. In August 2004, a founding committee had taken up its activities in Jordan. The committee was in close cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. At the same time, the German planning office opened at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and the German Academic Exchange Services DAAD, which is funding the university project for a period of four years.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the "German Study Programmes Abroad" programme.
The laying of the corner stone took place on April 25th, 2005 under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II and in the presence of Her Excellency Ms. Edelgard Bulmahn, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research; His Excellency Dr. Khaled Touqan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Jordan at that time; His Excellency Professor Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, the Minister of Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt; the DAAD Vice President, Professor Max Huber and many other notables.
The University is modeled on the German universities of applied sciences, characterized by their focus on putting knowledge into practice and on promoting knowledge transfer. We aim to play a significant role in promoting links between Jordan and Europe, particularly Germany; by taking advantage of best practices in education in both Jordan and Germany, the University has positioned itself as a leader in its field.
GJU recognizes research and research-led teaching as primary responsibilities of its academic staff, and places value on fostering, publishing, and disseminating research of the highest international quality. The University Missions, Goals and Strategies statements reflect this strong emphasis on the importance of quality research, and weprovide lifelong learning opportunities for a diverse spectrum of people capitalizing extensively on partnerships with private companies and public agencies in the region.
GJU is linked to many other universities through bilateral agreements for co-operation, collaboration, and exchange of faculty members and students. These include regional Arab universities, as well as European, North American, and Asian universities.
The University is intended to serve as a unique university of applied training, experiential learning and professional excellence oriented towards market and industry needs. It is thus expected to have a remarkable impact on Jordan and the region as a whole, by capitalizing on the best practices and expertise in higher education in both Germany and Jordan. The University has an objective to prepare highly skilled graduates with relevant knowledge to industry, and to contribute positively to socio-economic development, to be able to survive today's fiercely competitive and technologically oriented world, to boost industrial and economic standing in Jordan and in the region.