On February 22-23, 2017, Eurasia Foundation led a workshop on facilitating partnerships among universities in Jordan and the U.S. Convening the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, the Honorable Alice G. Wells, the Minister of Education, and seven university presidents, this two-day event was an important milestone in our Creating Pathways to Unviersity Partnerships program and laid out a road map to improve higher education in Jordan by strategically partnering with U.S. universities.
University partnerships enhance education and resource opportunities through knowledge and technical exchange, increase international visibility and reputation, promote diversity, encourage mobility of staff and students, and support broader internationalization and other strategic objectives. In Jordan, higher educations partnerships help to aligning education outcomes with Jordan’s national priorities, including building a knowledge economy and enhancing connections between higher education and employment.
Last fall, technical advisors Julie Garuccio, Afaf Khoshman and consultants Dr. Mark Johnson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Wafa Al-Khadra of the American University of Madaba assessed the policy and regulatory environment in Jordan to prepare for more university partnerships, as well as the demand for greater internationalization through university partnerships. The workshop helped to groundtruth their findings and prioritize recommendations for next steps in building this bilateral higher education relationship, including focusing on professional development opportunities, developing a consortium of interested U.S. universities, developing and improving exchange mechanisms for Jordanian students and faculty to visit the U.S. (including English language preparation and improving matchmaking to improve changes of success and sustainability).
Next, the participating Jordanian universities will form their own working group to collaborate on action items to move this discussion forward.
Eurasia Foundation has successfully led university partnership and research administration programs through its U.S.-Russia University Partnership Program.
The Creating Pathways to Unviersity Partnerships assessment and workshop were made possible with generous funding from the U.S. Department of State and cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Jordan.