JORDAN: Polytechnics to ease university pressures

Jordan's Ministry of Higher Education said last weekend that it will push for the establishment of polytechnic schools across the country in order to ease the growing pressure on universities, writes Khetam Malkawi for Zawya.

According to Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Wajih Oweis, the government is currently drafting a new higher education law to replace the temporary law currently awaiting review in the lower house of parliament. The centrepiece of the new law is the establishment of polytechnic schools at public universities to replace the proposed 'technical academy initiative' which sought to transform community colleges into vocational institutes.

The Jordanian Academy for Technical Education, which was launched in 2010, was officially abandoned after its law was rejected by the lower house education committee last week. Owais noted that the establishment of polytechnic schools aims to help reduce the burden on overcrowded bachelor degree programmes, and predicted that the move will decrease demand on various university faculties by 50%.
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