A conference was held at the University of Jordan (UJ) on
Wednesday and Thursday 11-12, May, discussed the state of higher education in
the Arab world.
Titled “Higher Education Conference in the Arab World: Towards a
Global Competition”, the refereed conference was organized by UJ Faculty of
Educational Sciences and its counterpart at Zarqa University.
75 scientific papers were presented by a group of scholars and
educational experts from all over the Arab world.
The purpose of the conference is to encourage dialogue and
cooperation between HE institutions with respect to curricula and development
strategies, to come about effectual standards for the management of higher
education programs in the Arab countries, and develop a joint proposal for
standards and guidelines for Quality Assurance, accreditation and best
As one of the members of Higher Education Reform Experts in Jordan Dr. Diala Hamaidi (Assistant Dean for Quality and Development – School of Educational Sciences at the University of Jordan) attended and participated as a rapporteur in one of the sessions of the HERE Study visit that is entitled: Learning outcomes and student-centered learning. The event took place at Tallinn University, Estonia from 18-19 April, 2016. This fruitful study visit discussed many topics:
1) Learning outcomes (LO) and student-centred learning (SCL): implications for learning and teaching
2) Current developments in SCL in the context of the Bologna Process. It will also consider the expectations and experiences of the participants
3) Two case studies by HERE from different countries:
- The case of Jordan (15 min) - Isam Zabalawi. HERE Jordan
- The case of Georgia (15 min)- Irma Grdzelidze. HERE Georgia
The presentations addressed: 1) Definitions of SCL in respective countries and systems, 2) Achievements, problems and challenges in implementing SCL.
4) The state of play of LO and SCL in their institutions / countries and 2) differing understandings of SCL.
For further details about this study please visit the following link:
A group of students from Library and Information Science Department on Sunday, 15-8-2017, had maintained the classification plans in the laboratory of the department with arrangement with the head of the department.
The School of Educational Sciences is going to offer a new programme in Educational Leadership next Fall 2018/2019.
This morning, Sunday, Dean of the School of Educational Sciences, Professor Dr. Mohammed Sayel Al-Zyoud, visited the University of Jordan School. The visit included attending the morning assembly, congratulating the students, faculty, and administrative staff on the new academic year. Dr. Alzyoud emphasized in his speech the importance of working with high enthusiasm to enhance the quality of the teaching process, highlighting the dedicated efforts of the school's administration and its faculty to excel and succeed. Dr. Alzyoud conveyed the greetings of His Excellency Professor Dr. Natheer Obeidat, the University President, to the faculty, staff, and students of the school. He expressed his keen interest in the school's outstanding performance and everyone's dedication to building a competent generation with virtues, digital, and technical skills.
During his visit and attendance at the morning assembly, the Dean was accompanied by Dr. Ola AlHwayan, the Assistant Dean for School and Kindergarten Affairs. The school's Principal, Dr. Awath Al-Tarawneh, encouraged the students and faculty in his speech to continue their sincere and serious work to elevate the school's reputation and maintain its excellence in its educational role. It's worth noting that the Dean's visit to the school is part of a series of supervisory visits to the University School and Kindergarten, which begin at the start of the academic year and continue throughout, contributing to the development of work and overcoming challenges.
Under the patronage of the President of the University of Jordan, Dr. Natheer Obeidat, the University community commemorated the late Dr. Majed Abu Jaber, a professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, at an event organized by the School of Educational Sciences. They remembered his bright and accomplished life.
Dr. Mohammed Sayel Al-Zyoud, the Dean of the School, stated that during this event, they remember the achievements of Dr. Majed, may he rest in peace, and all the knowledge and expertise he shared with the Jordanian generations that passed through his hands.
He added that the late Dr. Majed was an optimistic individual, a noble university professor, and a man of unique ethics that neither wealth nor fame could change. He remained steadfast in his principles and never wavered. He was someone who diligently fulfilled his duties, even in the most challenging circumstances. Even when he was ill, he was keen to meet his students, visit his office, and ensure they could continue their educational journey without interruption.
Al-Zyoud also highlighted how generous Dr. Abu Jaber was in his support for the School's conferences and events. He always contributed significantly to the success of these activities. He emphasized that nobody would forget that his home in Al-Yadoudeh was open to all friends and loved ones.
Dr. Akhlaif Al-Tarawneh recounted a part of the life of the late Dr. Abu Jaber, which was filled with achievements and marked by his contributions to knowledge and scientific research. He described him as a school of rationality, clarity, and intellectual and knowledge richness.
Al-Tarawneh concluded, "You have departed, leaving a deep sorrow in the hearts of your loved ones, which time and years cannot erase," highlighting the qualities of the late professor since the beginning of his career at the University of Jordan and in other universities, carrying the message of knowledge.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Zu'bi spoke about the achievements and virtues of the deceased, emphasizing that he was beloved to his family, compassionate to his students, dedicated to his field of study, and deeply patriotic.
Dr. Moataz Abu Jaber, the late professor's brother, expressed his gratitude to the University of Jordan and those responsible for organizing the memorial event for Dr. Majed Abu Jaber, who left a positive impact among his colleagues, students, and admirers in various academic, professional, and academic fields.
The memorial event, attended by the University of Jordan's Vice Presidents, the family of Dr. Majed Abu Jaber, colleagues, and friends from the School of Educational Sciences and various national institutions, included a video presentation that highlighted the life of the late educator Abu Jaber, as well as key milestones in his life.
It's worth mentioning that Dr. Majed Abu Jaber held various leadership and academic positions. He served as a university professor in the Schools of Educational Sciences at Mu'tah University, Al-Balqa Applied University, the Arab Open University in Kuwait, and Al-Hashemite University. He concluded his career at the University of Jordan. He also served as the Dean of the School of Educational Sciences at Al-Hashemite University, acted as the Acting President of the Higher Education Institutions Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission, and served as the Dean of the School of Educational Studies at the Arab Open University in Kuwait. Additionally, he was the Dean of the School of Educational Sciences at Mu'tah University, Dean of Princess Rahma University School at Al-Balqa Applied University, Dean of Student Affairs at Al-Balqa Applied University, and a UNESCO consultant in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He participated in numerous international and local scientific conferences and chaired or served as a member of various committees and councils in educational institutions in Jordan and abroad.
The School of Educational Sciences and the University of Jordan School organized a celebratory event to honor high school students who excelled in this year's high school exams and achieved outstanding grades.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of his Excellency Professor Dr. Natheer Obeidat, the University President, who appointed Professor Dr. Muhanad Mubaydeen, Vice President of the University, to oversee the event. The event was attended by Professor Dr. Mohammad Sayel Alzyoud, Dean of the School of Educational Sciences, Dr. Awath Al-Tarawneh, the school's Principal, Dr. Ola Al-Hwayan, Assistant Dean for School Affairs, as well as faculty and staff members of the school, high school students, and their parents.
The School of Educational Sciences hosted the Jordanian writer and illustrator Huda Al-Sha'ir. The session was attended by the Dean of the School and faculty members and focused on the topic of children's literature.
The dialogue session was moderated by Dr. Sahar Abu Halou, who discussed various aspects of the current state of children's literature in Jordan. They talked about the role of stories in a child's upbringing and the curriculum for children. The writer provided important guidance for parents and children on how to choose the best stories in terms of content and quality. She also highlighted the skills needed for a children's story writer to produce suitable work for children. Additionally, she shared her personal experiences in this field and the challenges she faced.
The session witnessed valuable contributions from students taking the Children's Literature course at the School, and the writer responded to the students' questions and praised their interest in this field.
At the end of the session, Huda Al-Sha'ir was thanked for her excellence in serving this field.
The University of Jordan School of Educational Sciences hosted a dialogue session titled "Achievements of Human Rights in Jordan," presented by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jazi, the Minister of State for Prime Minister's Affairs. The event was held under the patronage of the University President, Dr. Natheer Obeidat, and attended by a distinguished group of specialists, legal experts, educators, and students.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Obeidat emphasized that human rights are ethical entitlements inherent to every individual globally, simply because they are human beings. He stressed that individuals and entities must uphold these ethical standards, and no entity should violate an individual's moral and personal dignity. He further stated that human rights should be protected to ensure that every person can live a dignified life befitting of a human being. This requires a continuous search for legislation that obliges governments to respect basic human rights, regardless of an individual's strength or status, whether they are the aggressor or the victim, sick or healthy.
Dr. Al-Jazi provided insights into legal legislation and guarantees of human rights, emphasizing that these rights are regulated in the constitution, laws, international agreements, and national legislations. He highlighted the importance of organizations concerned with human rights, which monitor violations against individuals worldwide. These rights are also protected through national practices and the judiciary, which ensure the implementation of agreements and the preservation of human rights everywhere.
He noted the presence of numerous new legislations that currently reinforce the protection of human rights and freedoms in an organized manner. Dr. Al-Jazi also discussed certain articles in the constitution related to various rights, the Cybercrime Law and its importance in respecting individuals' privacy in the digital space.
Dr. Mohammad Sayel Al-Zyoud, Dean of the School of Educational Sciences, mentioned that such intellectual and national meetings highlight one of Jordan's most significant national achievements—its commitment to respecting human rights in a world witnessing flagrant human rights violations in various parts of the globe. He emphasized that these gatherings are a reflection of the university's role in raising awareness, educating, and fulfilling its responsibilities to the country, the state, and society. The meetings bring together experts, thinkers, and professionals, along with state officials from various sectors, to provide an objective and fair representation of achievements, development opportunities, and improvement, free from narrow and negative perspectives that undermine self-esteem and spread pessimism.
Dr. Al-Zyoud highlighted the diverse and continuous meetings organized by the University of Jordan across its various faculties, from medicine in the far south of the campus to educational sciences in the far north. These meetings serve as educational and awareness-raising platforms on a wide range of topics, addressing the building of individuals with values, ethics, virtues, cultural behavior, and a sense of belonging to the nation. They underscore the university's commitment to the country and society.
In conclusion, Dr. Al-Jazi answered questions and inquiries from students and attendees.
Dr. Natheer Obaidat, the President of the University of Jordan, extended his congratulations to the high-achieving students of the Jordan University School for their exceptional performance in the General Secondary Examination.
Obaidat expressed his gratitude to the school's administration, represented by Dr. Mohammed Sayel Al-Zyoud and all members of the school's board, as well as the school's director, Dr. Awath Al-Tarawneh, and the staff, including teachers and administrators. He wished them and the students continued success and excellence.
The students of the Jordan University School achieved remarkable results in the General Secondary Examination. One student, Ward Suheil Al-Asasfeh, secured the first place in the scientific branch with a score of 99.05, and five students achieved scores exceeding 97%. Additionally, 12 students achieved scores above 90%.
The administration of the Jordan University School commended this achievement to the University of Jordan, represented by its president, Dr. Natheer Obaidat, expressing their appreciation for his leadership and the efforts made by the faculty of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, represented by its Dean, Dr. Mohammed Sayle Al-Zyoud, in ensuring the success of the educational process and fostering the students' learning journey.
Professor Dr. Rateb Al-Saud has published a book titled "Educational Policies in Arab Countries: Concepts and Perspectives." This book delves into the realm of educational policies, a subject of great interest to researchers, particularly in the Arab world. However, the magnitude of challenges, the depth of problems, and the increasing pressures to address these challenges have made educational policies a subject of significant importance. This book, "Educational Policies in Arab Countries: Concepts and Perspectives," is intended for specialized readers in the Arab world, aiming to provide them with in-depth knowledge about educational policies, how they are formulated, the forces (official and unofficial) that shape them, methods of analysis, the role of education in official Arab discourse, the intersection of education and politics, examples of educational policies in some advanced countries, and the formation of a future vision for educational policies in the Arab world.
This book represents a new and qualitative addition to the field of educational management and leadership, a field that Dr. Al-Saud has been actively building for decades, drawing from his extensive expertise in public administration, educational policies, and educational leadership. His practical experience in educational leadership spans nearly five decades, starting as the principal of a high school in the field of general education and progressing through various administrative positions in higher education. His journey also includes serving as a member of the Education and Higher Education Committee in the Twelfth Jordanian Parliament, the Twenty-Third Jordanian Senate, and culminated in his role as Minister of Higher Education. These administrative experiences, combined with his academic teaching experience across the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, as well as his supervision of over 130 doctoral dissertations at seven prestigious Arab universities, have enriched the content of this book.
The book provides readers with an in-depth understanding of educational policies, their formulation, the forces (official and unofficial) that shape them, methods of analysis, the role of education in official Arab discourse, the intersection of education and politics, an overview of educational policies in Arab countries, and a prospective outlook on the future of educational policies in Arab countries in general.
This academic achievement is presented in fourteen chapters:
Chapter 1: The Concept of Educational Policies (Meaning, Nature, Justifications, Characteristics)
Chapter 2: Formulating Educational Policies (Forces Contributing to the Formulation of Educational Policies, Factors and Variables Affecting the Formulation of Educational Policies)
Chapter 3: Implementing, Evaluating, and Developing Educational Policies (Implementing Educational Policies and Their Challenges, Evaluating the Implementation of Educational Policies)
Chapter 4: Analyzing Educational Policies (Introduction to the Process of Analyzing Educational Policies, Approaches to Analyzing Educational Policies, Levels of Application)
Chapter 5: Education, Politics, and Policy (The Concept of Education, The Concept of Politics, Educational Policy, Political Education)
Chapter 6: Education and Teaching in Arab Political Discourse (Education and Teaching in the Discourses of High Political Leaders, in Ministerial Councils, and by Education Ministers)
Chapter 7: Educational Policies in Jordan (Origins, Legislative and Regulatory Development, Educational Achievements During the First Century, Educational Expenditure Policies in Jordan, Factors Affecting Educational Policies, Educational Philosophy and Objectives, Principles of Educational Policies, Challenges of Educational Policies and Ways to Address Them, Educational Reform in Jordan)
Chapter 8: Educational Policies in Arab Asian Countries (Arab Crescent Countries: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Arab Gulf Countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman)
Chapter 9: Educational Policies in Arab African Countries (Nile Valley: Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Maghreb: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Other Arab Countries: Yemen, Libya, Mauritania, Comoros)
Chapter 10: Pre-school Education Policies in the Arab World (Evolution of the Concept of Pre-school Education and Kindergartens in the Arab World, Importance of Pre-school Education, Pre-school Education Policies in the Arab World)
Chapter 11: Public Higher Education Policies in the Arab World (Evolution of Public Higher Education Policies in the Arab World, the Process of Formulating Public Higher Education Policies in Arab Countries and Their Analysis, Student Admission Policies, and Funding Policies)
Chapter 12: Private Higher Education Policies in the Arab World (Evolution of the Concept of Private Universities in Arab Countries, Policies for Private Higher Education (Non-Governmental) in Arab Countries, Advantages and Disadvantages of Private Universities in Arab Countries)
Chapter 13: Vocational and Technical Education Policies in the Arab World (The State of Arab Vocational and Technical Education and Its Significance, Vocational and Technical Education Policies in the Arab World, Ways to Improve Arab Vocational and Technical Education)
Chapter 14: Future Visions for Educational Policies in the Arab World (Current State of Educational Policies in Arab Countries, Challenges Faced by Educational Policies in Arab Countries, Future Scenarios for Educational Policies in Arab Countries).
This comprehensive work by Professor Dr. Rateb Al-Saud represents a significant contribution to the field of educational policies and will be a valuable resource for scholars, educators, and policymakers in the Arab world and beyond.