The President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, presided over the closing ceremony of the "Towards a National Qualifications Framework in Jordan" (NQF-JO) project. Also in attendance were the Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, HE Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, the President of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions, Dr. Bashir Al Zu'bi, and a large number of the presidents of sister Jordanian universities. Dr. Reem Al Khadr acted on behalf of the Director of the National Erasmus+ Office. NQF-JO is one of the projects run under the umbrella of the European Erasmus+, which aims to develop the education system in Jordan, linking educational programs with the outputs of education in order to satisfy labor market demands.
PSUT President Prof. Al-Refai welcomed this cooperation between the participating Arab and European universities and institutions. He expressed his pride in the project, which proved to be a very fruitful and successful initiative and an important step in supporting the structural reform of the higher education system in Jordan, despite the many challenges higher education institutions face.
Prof. Al-Refai assured those present that the conference was an affirmation of ongoing efforts to seek better models to serve the increasing demand of the current market, to improve the educational system, and to ensure that its success is maintained.
Prof. Al-Refai gave a review of PSUT’s progress and excellence, which has been achieved under the guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. He talked about the most notable accomplishments in various local and international forums, the international awards that the University has obtained, the most important international agreements it has concluded with Arab and foreign universities, its success in networking with international universities and the international accreditations it has been granted.
Dr. Reem Khadr, on behalf of the Director of the National Erasmus+ Office, confirmed that the Tempus program had helped Jordanian higher education institutions to establish cooperation with 23 EU countries and eight Arab countries, noting that the project was redesigned to meet national needs. The project prompted Jordan's efforts to develop and implement a national qualifications framework, leading to the project partners coming up with a new plan to implement the basic qualifications framework that were developed simultaneously during the period of the project. The partners are also working on developing learning outcomes for all undergraduate and post graduate programs, which will lead to a major change in course plans and programs to ensure the real sustainability of the results of the project, in addition to having a great impact on the quality of Jordanian higher education institutions.
Dr. Khadr pointed out that PSUT has participated in 14 projects in the area of Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE), in addition to being the Grant Holder for four Tempus projects and one capacity development project. The projects cover various topics, the most important of which are the modernization of governance, policy modernization and curriculum development. Out of a total of 715 opportunities for student and staff exchange, PSUT had benefited from 375 of them, with the concerned individuals going to 26 educational institutions in 12 countries.
The participants in the project were: the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission, the University of Jordan, Yarmouk University, Hashemite University, German-Jordanian University, Mu’tah University, PSUT, a number of European institutions, accreditation bodies in Spain, Ireland, Estonia, Cork University in Ireland, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
The final conference was attended by representatives of: the Association of Arab Universities, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, PSUT, the University of Jordan, Yarmouk University, Mu'tah University, Hashemite University, the German-Jordanian University, Tafila Technical University, Al al-Bayt University, JUST, Al Hussein Bin Talal University, Al Balqa Applied University, Al Hussein Technical University, Amman Arab University, Middle East University, Jadara University, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Applied Science University, Philadelphia University, Al-Isra University, Zarqa National University, Irbid National University, Jerash University, Ammon Applied College, Ajloun National University, American University in Madaba, Aqaba University of Technology.