Amman- 23 April, 2015


On Thursday the 19th of March 2015, the award committee for El Hassan bin Talal Award for Scientific Excellence announced, awarding the Center for the Study of Natural and Cultural Heritage the second prize. The prize was officially awarded on April 23rd, 2015 by his Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal.     

The winning comes in acknowledgment of the center’s efforts in advancing awareness about Jordan’s vast heritage amongst schoolchildren and university students, promoting research by conducting several scientific projects and building a strong network with various institutions both in Jordan and abroad.

Addressing attendees at the ceremony, which also marked the award’s 20th anniversary, Prince Hassan said the Jordanian state, with its political, economic and civil triangle, should counter the challenges threatening development.


Stressing that sustainable planning and development planning should focus on human beings and human dignity, the prince called for a serious consideration of investing in minds.

“There has to be an investment in global brain circulation, which helps build the strength of all nations that share knowledge building. The immigration of millions of young Arabs with international qualifications in science has — no doubt — greatly contributed to limiting the success of development efforts in the Arab world,” he added.


Prof. Dr. Nizar Abu-Jaber, the head of the center, commenting on the announcement of the winning said “We are proud that our efforts have been acknowledged by such an esteemed prize. We hope that this success will be a motivation to redouble our efforts to understand and preserve our heritage in the future”.


The El Hassan bin Talal Award for Scientific Excellence was established in 1995 for the encouragement of academic, scientific, and technological activities in all institutions involved in education and training. Twenty five projects from twelve Institutions had competed for the prize this year.   

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