University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
The University of Jordan (UoJ) is both a modern and traditional institution of Higher Education in Jordan. Established in 1962, the university has applied itself equally to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. In its capacity as a comprehensive teaching, research, and community-service institution, the University of Jordan offers its students a wide range of programs – more than 3,500 different courses across 18 faculties. From an international perspective, the university offers 63 international programs at the undergraduate level, and 130 international programs at the graduate level across all fields of specialization. All programs offered by the University combine traditional academic lecturing with more liberal methodologies of instruction based on dialogue, research, and creative thinking. Theoretical instruction is further facilitated via interactive multimedia teaching techniques and computer-based instructional materials to support, and eventually supersede, traditional teaching methodologies. Field work, practical training, and applied research are essential components of most programs offered by the UoJ. Recently, the UoJ has begun introducing and implementing the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM).
Realizing the importance of the water sector to Jordan’s overall economic and social development, the UoJ established the Water, Energy, and Environment Center as a research unit in 1982. The center plays a leading role in developing and implementing national strategies to improve and manage Jordan’s water and energy resources. The center directs its activities towards drinking water management, irrigation management, low-cost wastewater treatment, reuse of treated wastewater in irrigation, water hydrology, water conservation in arid areas, water quality, renewable energy, and ecosystem services.
The center‘s vision is:
- to be a pioneer in water and energy research at both national and regional levels by focusing its efforts on water problems through research, education, and outreach.
- to serve as a primary scientific resource and authoritative voice on water issues across the whole region.
- to become a national model of a successful university-based water center, bringing recognition and visibility to the University of Jordan, the local community, and the organizations involved in the center.