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:
Dr. Jamal Al-Khatib, a professor of Special Education at the School of Educational Sciences at the University of Jordan, has published a research paper in a prestigious journal.
The research paper is titled "A follow-up study of early intensive behavioral intervention program for children with Autism in Syria" and has been published in the journal Nature-Scientific Reports. This journal is indexed in the Scopus database under the Q1 category and has an impact factor of 6.9.
It's worth noting that this journal is among the top five journals worldwide that are most cited for studies published in it.
Dr. Mohammad Sayel Al-Zyoud, the Dean of the School of Educational Sciences, and Dr. Saleh Al-Rawadieh, the former dean of the School of Educational Sciences at the University of Jordan, have been appointed as members of the Higher Council of the National Center for Curriculum Development.
The National Center for Curriculum Development is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the curriculum framework in educational institutions. It also proposes the basis for curriculum and textbook review, educational materials, teacher guides, assessment procedures, and periodic evaluation. These proposals are then submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval in accordance with the law and regulations. The Center also prepares suitable technical methods for testing and trialing newly developed textbooks and other materials without disrupting the educational process. Additionally, it analyzes student performance data in various assessments to inform curriculum development and evaluation procedures and provides the Ministry with lists of books, references, and journals that can enrich school libraries.
The Higher Council is chaired by Dr. Muhi al-Din Tawq and includes members such as Dr. Ibrahim Badran, Dr. Rawida Al-Maaytah, Sheikh Abdul Karim Al-Khasawneh, Dr. Youssef Al-Sawalma, and Adam Aspir Zriqat. It's worth noting that, according to its internal regulations, the Higher Council includes the Minister of Education, Dr. Azmi Mahafzah.
Professor Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shar'a from the School of Educational Sciences at the University of Jordan has won the award for the best applied research paper focusing on the best applied models in mathematics education. This recognition was awarded at the Mathematics Educators Association conference held recently in the Arab Republic of Egypt. This year's conference was titled "Teaching and Learning Mathematics: Philosophical Models and Applied Models."
It's worth noting that the conference witnessed broad participation from experts and specialists in the field of mathematics teaching and learning.
Professor Dr. Mansour Al-Warikat has been selected as a member of the judging committee for the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL). This selection stems from the role of the School of Educational Sciences in providing services to students and the university, as well as the School's commitment to enhancing the academic reputation of the university.
The ICL International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning is scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, from September 27 to 30, 2022.
A group of students specializing in psychological and educational counseling participated in a training course on Narrative Exposure Therapy. The course was organized by the Family Health Care Institute at the King Hussein Foundation and consisted of 25 training hours.
The training was accompanied and attended by Mrs. Ghada Qaqish, the Assistant Dean for Laboratories and Technical Facilities at the School of Educational Sciences. The training provided a detailed explanation of Narrative Exposure Therapy and lasted for five days at the institute's facility.
It's worth noting that this training was coordinated with Dr. Mohammad Al-Khawaldeh, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the School of Educational Sciences.
The School of Educational Sciences organized an event titled "From the Heart to the Heart", under the coordination and organization of the Office of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs at the School of Educational Sciences. The event was held under the patronage of Professor Dr. Mohammad Al-Zaboun, the dean of the School.
The event included various segments, including heartfelt messages from different departments, delivered by Professor Dr. Akhlaif Al-Tarawneh, Professor Dr. Nasser Al-Khawaldeh, Professor Dr. Omar Hmashri, Dr. Jihad Al-Anati, and Dr. Mohammad Al-Khawaldeh. It also featured success stories from students who graduated from the School, as well as other activities.
The theme of the meeting, "From the Heart to the Heart," is not just a passing title but rather a genuine and objective need that requires us to strengthen and support its pillars. In this meeting, we find a discourse that aligns with the need of the soul, reminding us of our essential need to belong to a space of love and unity, especially in a time where the superficiality of relationships has eroded the bonds between the people of the same nation and pushed them towards an ambiguous unknown.
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.