New DAAD centre to boost academic links with Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, has set up an information centre in Jordan’s capital Amman to consolidate and intensify academic links between the two countries. The centre was officially opened last month.

The DAAD Information Center Amman is to inform students and academics in Jordan about studying and doing research in Germany. It also offers details of research funding opportunities.

The DAAD’s scholarship programme for Jordan includes full PhD scholarships, masters scholarships for special programmes that are relevant to developing countries, and funding for summer schools at various German universities.

In addition to its information role, the centre is to act as a permanent liaison office, collaborating closely with Jordanian universities and supporting projects and higher education partnership programmes between the two countries.

The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is an example of cooperation between the two. Set up in 2005 along the lines of the German fachhochschule – universities of applied science – the GJU has 20 study programmes ranging from chemistry through management to environmental engineering.

Each of them is supervised by a German fachhochschule. The GJU is also supported by a consortium of fachhochschulen as well as the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the DAAD and private industry partners.

Around 5,000 students from Jordan and other countries in the Middle East are enrolled.

The DAAD centre was established last November. It was officially opened on 13 May in a ceremony held at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, which was attended by Jordan’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Amin Mahmoud.