GJU hosts a Cultural Exchange Students from Germany
Upon an invitation from Prof. Peter Uecker, the vice-President for International Affairs at the German Jordanian University (GJU), a delegation of 25 German students from 4 German Universities (Berlin, Ludwisburg, Moritzburg, Nuernberg) and their supervisors, Prof. Kahrs and Prof. Seippoet, visited GJU on Tuesday, September 07,2010.
These German students are enrolled in their home-universities in the fields of Social Sciences. They stay in Jordan for about 2 weeks. They pay visits to Jerusalem and Ramallah as well. The special focus and lively interest of the German visitors center around the question of possible cultural differences (including religious aspects) that might have of an influence on Social Questions / Social Work. First hand information, open discussion with students and academia, direct impression of local situations complete the theoretical knowledge gained at home at their universities. The visit to Jordan was made possible on the basis and through a cultural exchange program organized by Theodor Schneller School (TSS).
Prof. Uecker gave the delegation an introduction about GJU`s system, faculties, and programs, stressing the University's prominent futuristic role in the field of higher education in Jordan and the region, which made a substantial number of students very interested in what is done here up to the idea of joining GJU within its exchange student’s program.
It really came to an opened discussion. After dealing with general aspects concerning social questions and social service in Jordan Prof. Uecker highlighted some aspects of GJUs position in stating: “With a rate of 50% females, GJU tries to encourage the gender equality; looking at the traditional guidelines in this region, this is progressive. …GJU offers a unique program that leads to the “Vision Rehabilitation Diploma” and is just about to start a Master Program in this field which will arise society’s attention to blind persons, but foremost will directly help this underprivileged people themselves…. People have to openly face all aspects and members of society.”
Prof. Uecker insistently argued in favor of a path to “Civil Society” and an open free discussion without prejudices. An open dialogue leads to knowledge and understanding. He advised the students saying that “When the dialogue becomes a personal relationship and friendship between two people, the dialogue between two cultures becomes capable of turning into a relationship with life and history".
Mr. Musa Al-Munaizel, SCHNELLER SCHULE Amman, the regional advisor for pedagogical concerns in the Middle East, said” The cultural exchange program in the field of social service is a program existed since four years, and recently we signed an agreement with the concerned parties to extend this program for ten years. This program is funded by Germany and other supportive associations, and aims to introduce students to the work of social service and cultural exchange at all levels in the Middle East. The program includes field trips around Jordan and lectures by the German institutions in Jordan and the German Jordanian University.
On his part, Mr. Marwan Al Hamad, PR & Marketing said” culture is a language of understanding and bringing together" arguing that, "culture is more developed than politics, more developed than anything. Culture is communication and connection, especially when culture is used as exchange and each country – whether Middle Eastern or European- has its own complexities to offer but the long tradition of communication between the East and the West explains the fact that cultural dialogue is part of human nature and so can easily be kept alive.”
Attended the meeting Miss Manal Sukhni, a volunteer at the Industrial links Office, and five students of GJU, who are going to join the delegation in their field trips around Jordan