Amman- 5 May 2019

On 25th and 26th of April, the German network partners of the School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE) at the German Jordanian University (GJU), met at University of Weimar to discuss current projects and future collaboration.

Representatives from SABE’s partner universities joined the network meeting, such as UAS Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar and Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, 20 professors and several guests from BAUHAUS Universität Weimar where they participated and made the discussions and mutual exchange very fruitful.

Dr. Ziyad Haddad the Dean of SABE, gave a presentation on the new MBA program in Design Management; a joint program of SABE and the Graduate School of Business Administration (GSBA) at GJU.  Exchange Coordinators Rawan Majzoub (Design Department) and Rejan Ashour (Architecture Department) gave updates on BA and MA programs and an outlook to the new MA Green Architecture with Hochschule Koblenz that will be established in 2020 after successful accreditation.

Network head Prof. Christine Bernhard and Prof. Dagmar Eisermann led the discussions on faculty presentations, study plan exchange, and encouraged the German partners to participate in joint research projects with their fellow colleagues at GJU.

Dr. Christian Kästner and Nicole Wichmann-Sperl from Bauhaus University emphasized that SABE has become an important partner expressing their desire to expand collaboration with more GJU departments.

Stefanie Kirsch, Network Coordinator at GJU presented the mobility programs, such as Flying Faculty, Staff Mobility Program, Erasmus KA107 and Student Group Mobility. On another hand, Prof. Bernhardt shared her experiences with successful Erasmus+ projects.

GJU student Karam Al Shamaa from SABE-  Architecture Department presented his graduation project that was co-supervised by Prof. Kieferle (Hochschule RheinMain) and Rejan Ashour who was delighted about the results.

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ali Yaghan gave a final presentation about his recently released book “New Islamic Patterns” that impressed the German network members because of its variation in geometric patterns and its effect on design and visual perception. New Flying Faculty professors were interested in offering theory courses and participating in books’ exchange.