Amman- 29 October 2018

On Sunday 14 October 2018, the Vice President for International Affairs Prof. Dorit Schumann and German directors at the German Jordanian University (GJU), in cooperation with the Project Office in Magdeburg-Stendal University organized a presentation and workshop on Transnational Education at GJU – DAAD funding and new content for the years 2019-2022.

The President of GJU Prof. Manar Fayyad, Vice President Prof. Atef Kharabsheh, Deans of Schools, GJU Directors Head of Departments and Exchange Coordinators attended the workshop to learn more about the Transnational Education and bi-national university funded by DAAD.

Prof. Fayyad stressed the importance of constant support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other German institutions to continue providing distinguished services and maintain the achievements of the university.

In addition she thanked the UAS Magdeburg-Stendal with Rector Prof. Anne Lequy and the Director of the GJU Project Office Dr. Monica Heitz for the joint proposal and continuous support in the GJU anchor in Germany.

Vice President for International Affairs Prof. Dorit Schumann explained that the DAAD funding is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

She specified the program’s aims in promoting lighthouse projects of scientific and higher education abroad, through collaboration with German partners. Increasing the capacity for the excellent education of foreign graduates. Strengthening and intensifying the internationalization of the scientific location in Germany and its partner countries. For the new proposal she stressed new contents in comparison to former funding, such as German accreditation, funding of transnational student group projects, special topics of the years.

Director of the Office for Industrial Links (OIL), Ms. Britta Kähler mentioned and expressed with numbers that the main goal of the OIL is strengthening the relationship with the industry, adding that cooperation, exchange, and transfer between GJU and industrial partners have been at the core of GJU’s work since its foundation in 2005. In the future the university-industry relation will be enhanced through the DAAD funding in education, research and knowledge transfer.

Director of the German Language Center (GLC), Dr. Dorothea Jecht stated that one third of GLC‘s teachers are native teachers, explaining that GLC hosts a growing number of German language teachers from the MENA region and GJUs Master German as a Foreign Language program. She also demonstrated the most distinguished achievements of the center and the concept for the German Language Center and German skills for GJU students for the next four years.

Director of the International Office (IO), Mr. Jens Hegemann emphasized the importance of strengthening the internationalization, mobility and German dimension at GJU. He presented the goals and expectations of the International Office in numbers for the years 2019 until 2022 for outgoing students from Jordan to Germany, for incoming students from Germany and Europe to GJU, for faculty and staff exchange and for the German-Jordanian academic networks.

All participants discussed intensively some topics, such as the applied character of GJU, the German focus of GJU, the German accreditation, and others.