Based on the recommendation of the Appointment & Promotion Committee, the Deans' Council decided at its meeting no. (9) held on Nov. 8, 2017 to approve the Promotion of Dr. Wafa Awni Ahmad AlKhadra to the rank of Associate Professor, effective as of the date of this decision.
Dr. Wafa Al-Khadra holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary American Literature and is currently the Acting Dean of Faculty of Languages & Communication at the American University of Madaba. Dr. Al-Khadra has many research interests and publications within the realm of literature, cultural studies, and women’s studies with a focus on the literature of Arab-American and Arab women writers. She is also a frequent speaker and seminar leader on gender studies and feminist theories at several national, regional and international organizations.
She is devoted to feminist politics and the unstinting support to women's/human rights. Dr. Alkhadra also contributed to the academization of feminist thought and its conceptualization by her coined term of barefoot feminism in the Arab world in 2008, and to the institutionalization of womens' studies.
Dr. Wafa Al-Khadra has been involved in the process of reform in higher education and was a reviewer and an evaluator in the National Accreditation Committee and a member in the steering committee of Quality Assurance and Excellence at King Hussein Foundation of Excellence. Dr. Alkhadra is also the former academic coordinator for AMIDEAST Education-Abroad Program in Jordan.
Based on the recommendation of the Appointment & Promotion Committee, the Deans' Council decided at its meeting no. (7) held on Oct. 18, 2017 to approve the Promotion of Dr. Wajdi Al-Awaida to the rank of Associate Professor, effective as of the date of this decision.
Dr. Al-Awaida, Chair of Biology and Biotechnology Department at the American University of Madaba (AUM), published 19 peer-reviewed articles with distinguished impact factors. He has national and international co-joints projects with well-known scientists in the field of cancer treatment using different directly and indirectly. Dr. Wajdy Alawaida was a co-investigator in a research grant proposal from the Scientific Research Support Fund (SRF) in Jordan for an amount of US $140,000. The title of the research is "Synthesis and Bioassay study of novel cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors: Phase One."
Mechanical engineering students under the supervision of Dr. Samar Jaber completed the funded research project entitled "Phase Change Materials for Solar Thermal Energy Storage". This project was funded by King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) and Scientific Research Department/King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau (KADDB).
It is a great honor to mention that this project won the second place in the 10th National Technology Parade /Energy Technology and Environment track.
Please note that the health insurance cards are ready to be delivered to those who registered before 28th August 2017. You can collect your card from the Deanship of Student Affairs' Student Services Department starting from tomorrow, Tuesday 26th September.
Please be informed that there will be an ORIENTATION DAY at American University of Madaba’s campus for new students of the academic year 2017/2018, tomorrow, Tuesday 26th September, from 10.00am – 1.00pm.
Free transportation available at Cozmo / 7th Circle at 8.30am
Dr. Samar Jaber, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at the American University of Madaba, won 2017 TWAS award to Jordanian Young Scientists.
TWAS 2017 is organized by The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and The Royal Scientific Society (RSS). A major objective of TWAS is to recognize and support individual scientists in developing countries who have made excellent contributions to the advancement of science, measured in terms of the number and impact of scientific research papers published in internationally recognized journals. The prizes are awarded each year in various fields of natural sciences on a rotating basis.
Congratulation to Dr. Samar Jaber and American University of Madaba on this great award of TWAS.
AUM Pharmacy Graduates Rank First in Jordan on Training Exams
The American University of Madaba President Prof. Nabil Ayoub, along with AUM faculty members and employees, congratulate graduates of the Department of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Health Sciences on obtaining the highest results of all faculties of Pharmacy in Jordanian universities on training exams administered by the Jordanian Pharmacists Syndicate. It is worth mentioning that the departments of Pharmacy, Architecture, English Language and Literature as well as Nutrition and Dietetics at AUM rank first among all Jordanian universities, in the university proficiency exam, held by the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions.
AUM Campus | The American University of held an orientation day for in-coming students on Tuesday.
Prof. Nabil Ayoub, AUM President, welcomed the new students at the university auditorium where they were given welcome gifts. In his introductory remarks, Prof. Ayoub, pointed out some of the most important programs that distinguish AUM, such as the innovation and the study abroad programs.
New students and the attendees watched a short movie about the university, from its inception to the present day, summarizing the most important features and programs of the university, its diversity as well as its cultural richness, noting that AUM hosts students from 27 different countries.
New students were also welcomed by faculties' deans, who each gave a brief description of his/her faculty and its departments. The head of departments, along with the faculty's dean accompanied the new students, each according to their major, to the faculty to learn more about all matters related to their future studies, and to listen and answer all their inquiries.
This initiative is part of AUM's constant priority to communicate with its students in order to ensure that they are kept informed of all details related to their educational process in the next stage. It was also a good chance for those who have not visited the university before, to visit the campus and come to know and see the various faculties, departments and main sections such as the sports complex and the clinic.
The orientation day was also attended by AUM's newly appointed Vice President, Prof. Osamah Haddad, In addition to the faculties' deans and heads of departments as well as a number of academics and administrators and current students who served as ushers.
Twelve students from the American University of Madaba’s Faculty of Architecture and Design have been mentioned by USAID-CHEP for their designs presented to the Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum during the Summer International Design Studio course.
It is worth noting that Engineer Sandra Hiyari of the American University of Madaba is a member of the judging panel in the selection of the best design. According to her, the USAID-SCHEP team expressed keenness to further collaborate with AUM on this project.
An Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the American University of Madaba (AUM) and Caritas-Jordan, activating coordination and cooperation in order to disseminate knowledge on issues of citizens and refugees and to provide educational opportunities in Jordan.
The MoU was signed by AUM President, Prof. Nabil Ayoub, and by Caritas-Jordan General Director, Mr. Wael Sulaiman.
The signing ceremony was attended by Bishop William Shomali, Jordan Latin Vicar, Fr. Rifat Bader, Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Research, AUM staff members as well as Caritas administrators and project coordinators.
The Memorandum includes several items centered on the exchange of experiences and studies and dissemination of knowledge on common interests. In addition, the agreement aims to raise the efficiency of staff members for both parties and facilitate the establishment of training programs, seminars and scientific research.
Such MoUs emphasize the importance of collaboration between universities and professional institutions in the implementation of social programs. It is worth noting the remarkable cooperation that is taking place these days between AUM and Caritas-Jordan in coordinating the activities of the World Youth Forum for Peace, which will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of September on AUM’s campus.
Promoted last July to the rank of associated prof., Dr. Shahla Ujayly teaches Arabic literature at the American University of Madaba. She made her literary debut in 2005, publishing a short story collection called The Mashrabiyya. Since then, she has published three novels: The Cat's Eye (2006) (winner of the Jordan State Award for Literature), Persian Carpet (2013), and A Sky Close to Our House (2015). The last-named book has been nominated for the 2016 Arabic Booker Prize.
Ujayli was also a participant at the 2014 IPAF nadwa, an annual writing workshop organized by the sponsors of the Arabic Booker for promising young writers.
Ujayli's academic works include:
Mirror of Strangeness: Articles on Cultural Criticism (2006)
The Syrian Novel: Experimentalism and Theoretical Categories (2009)
Cultural Particularity in the Arabic Novel (2011)
On January 12, 2016, her novel A Sky Close to Our House was picked as one of sixteen candidates for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
We invite you to watch this interview with Dr. Shahla Al-Ajili, talking about her novel: A Sky close to our house, which was among the 2016 shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
In its continual belief in the professional development of its staff and students, The American University of Madaba nominated Dr. Hanan Madanat and two students, Jude Jamous (Risk Management major) and Spiro Khnouf (Business Administration major), to obtain the Arbinger Facilitator certification. The five-day long course took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States of America, from 14-18 August 2017.The purpose of the training is to deepen their ability to facilitate organizational change and development using Arbinger methodology after they get back to AUM.
AUM proudly announces that Dr.Madanat as well as Khnouf and Jamousare now certified Arbinger Institute facilitators.
Arbinger is an institute that provides training, consulting, coaching and implementation tools that move individuals, teams and organizations from the default self-focus in which they call an inward mindset to the results focus of an outward mindset.
By facilitating the development of the outward mindset, an organization would be able to directly reduce the massive human costs because the outward mindset creates an organizational culture that engages people and reduces friction. The results include lower employee turnover, seamless communication and decision-making.
The American University of Madaba plans to implement these tools with faculty members as well as some students.
Dr. Nabil Ayoub, AUM President, met with a committee from Al Nashamah Forum for Jordanian communities around the world, headed by Eng. Ayman Al Rifa’i, President of the Forum. The committee also included Mr. Ahmed Athamneh, President of the Emirates Forum and Mr. Najib Samouri, President of the Germany Forum.
The two parties discussed the possibility of cooperation and opportunities for Jordanians residing abroad to join prestigious universities with excellent academic reputation such as The American University in Madaba.
Al Nashamah Forum for Jordanian Communities around the world was founded in Saudi Arabia and then the idea spread to the rest of the world. Currently, the Forum is present in 16 countries.
Based on volunteerism, it is a cultural, social and entertaining Forum. It aims to create contacts and communication between members of the Jordanian communities, support them and link them to the motherland.
AUM President Prof. Nabil Ayoub welcomed Dr. Falah Al Shammari, Head of Kuwait Cultural Office (KCO) in Jordan, on Monday, 21 August 2017.
They discussed enhancing cooperation in academic affairs and higher education. Dr. Shammari remarked that he was impressed with the level of excellence that AUM could achieve.
During the visit, Dr. Shammari, toured the engineering labs in the mechanical, electric and civil departments. He heard from the departments' dean and lab supervisors explanations of the capability and the working mechanisms of the lab.
A Team from the American University of Madaba composed of Anwar Bakeer, Dr. Awni Alhourani and Dr. Ghada Al Bandak partecipated in the TAIEX Workshop on GEANT, H2020 and European Synchrotron Sources, organised in co-operationwith Jordan Atomic Energy Commission , which was held in Amman for the period from 12-13 August 2017.
The workshop provided EU best practice and cover various disciplines of applied synchrotron radiation research in support of regional research and technical development to the Jordanian user community of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for ExperimentalScience and Applications in the Middle East).
The workshop brought together EU experts from well-established synchrotrons and current and prospective synchrotron usersfrom Jordan to exchange knowledge, ideas, and to discuss ongoing and new collaborative research efforts within the communityin the various fields of synchrotron usage.
The scientific aspects of the workshop addressed the current state of SESAME Synchrotrons, research opportunities and applications using the X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) / X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) beamlines, theInfra-Red (IR) beamline and the Material Science (MS) beamline as well as the SESAME Computational Facilities and Links.
The workshop raised awareness of the need to increase regional research and technical development with the support of education networks and high speed connectivity.
The University of Louisiana celebrated the distinction of four of its graduates, including Professor Kamel Mahadin, for being honored and awarded to become a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects ASLA.
A detailed article about Prof. Mahadin's practical and scientific progress was published on this occasion.
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Prof. Kamel Mahadin, currently a faculty member at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the American University of Madaba, received his nomination for American Society of Landscape Architects fellowship from the organization’s Council of Fellows Executive Committee for his life-long service. Mahadin is one of the highest appointed landscape architects in the world.
A ceremony will be held to deliver Prof. Mahadin's fellowship medal at the annual conference of the American Society for Architecture of Architectural sites in Los Angeles in October 2017.
The American University of Madaba signed a memorandum of understanding with Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. This comes in line with the University's policy of signing memorandums of understanding with world renowned universities in the United States and Europe.
Such memorandum has several advantages, including:
Development of mutually beneficial academic programs and courses;
Exchange of academic staff for purposes of teaching and collaborative research;
Reciprocal assistance for visiting academic staff and students;
Coordination of such activities as joint research, lectures and training;
Exchange of documentation and research materials in fields of mutual interest provided that, to the best knowledge of the respective parties ;
Exchange of students for study and research.
The MoU was signed by AUM president, Prof. Nabil Ayoub and by Vytautas Magnus's Rector, Prof. Jouzas Augutis.
August the second marks the day in which the student Media volunteer Committee held its first meeting.
This volunteer committee; is an interactive communication program based to unify the university with its most prized asset; its students. During which, the committee volunteers (Zaid Ammari, Yousef Taha, Ahmad Afana, Jude Twal) and the Marketing & Public Relation Department worked conjointly by discussing future plans and ideas; to better the correlation between the student body and the university and the general public; using social media as its main platform.
This is a major step taken by the American University of Madaba to strengthen the link with its students and potential students, while at the same time refining and developing their talents and skills through their work.
If any student that is motivated and interested in sharing their voice throughout their work, then SMVC is the home away from home for you. Email us on: email@example.com
It was a pleasure having Dr.Wouter faes from Belguim as a guest lecture in Marketing Management course as he delivered his international experience and talked about the importance of Value delivery process and its impact on customers by providing his international and local practical examples that helped the students to digest the course in the most favorable way.
In order to foster communication with local and international music communities, AUM invited Melissa Scott, an American researcher in ethnomusicology, to discuss her ongoing journey into Arab music with AUM students. She visited “Appreciation of Music” and “Introduction to Musicology,” administrated by the Faculty of Design and Architecture and instructed by Eng. Fadi Al-Ghawanmeh, this past Saturday. She performed musical pieces on Oud from the Arab music repertoire and had an interactive discussion with students on tarab music. Melissa Scott is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, preparing for her dissertation on classical Arab music in Jordan.
The American University of Madaba (AUM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gannon University, a world-renowned university for student exchange based in Pennsylvania, USA. According to this agreement, students will have the option to study one or two semesters at AUM or in the United States.
At the press conference held on Monday 24th July, AUM President Dr. Nabil Ayoub, who signed the MoU on behalf of AUM, stressed that this MoU is in line with the policy of the American University of Madaba to focus on international cooperation with the recognized international universities to exchange students and contribute to the transfer of technology and knowledge.
The advantage of such memorandums of understanding is that students will pay the same tuition fees they usually pay at AUM and not according to the American universities’ tuition fees. Worth noting that the tuition fees in such international university are three times higher compared to the American University of Madaba.
Dr. Ayoub revealed that AUM will sign a number of memorandums of understanding with other American and European universities in the coming months in order to meet the demands of the increasing number of students wishing to participate in a university exchange program. AUM believes in the importance of this step that aims to transfer technology and experience from the source and provide students with new opportunities which will contribute to refining their personalities and skills in the labor market.
Dr. Ayoub noted that the American University of Madaba currently receives a number of students from DePaul University for a semester. There are several programs in which they are enrolled, including programs to teach Arabic to non-speakers.
Dr. Ayoub pointed out that the university focuses on qualifying students in the field of English language. In this regard, he explained that the university offers five levels of English language classes, which will reflect positively on the students’ integration in the labor market.
In the field of supporting creativity and innovation, Dr. Ayoub said that AUM has allocated JD 20,000 to help creative students in local secondary schools develop their ideas and creations under the supervision of a number of AUM faculty members in cooperation with Abdul Hamid Shoman’s Foundation.
As for grants and partial scholarships, President Ayoub stated that the university provides full and partial grants to Jordanian General Secondary Students (Tawjihi or equivalent), based on merit and academic excellence according to the university regulations. Dr. Ayoub said further that the university's board of trustees has provided additional partial scholarships for a number of university majors, according to the Jordanian secondary school average or equivalent.
The American University of Madaba is a private non-profit university registered in Jordan and the United States of America (State of New Hampshire) and is owned by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. It was officially opened by His Majesty King Abdullah II on 30 May 2013.
The number of students enrolled for the coming academic year has reached 1,500 students. This year, 400 students have graduated from seven faculties: Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Architecture and Design, Business and Finance as well as Languages and Communication.
Students of architecture participating in the summer International Design Studio have concluded the first part of their analysis work on the Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum project.
The students explored different methodologies to analyzing the historical and modern conditions present at the project’s site. The students presented their results to a jury on Wednesday which included heritage expert Fatima Mayada Al-Nammari (PhD), Zayed Ziadat (PhD), Mais Taha (M.Sc.) and course instructor Sandra Hiari (M.U.P, M.Sc).
This project is being developed in partnership with USAID-SCHEP.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between AUM and the General Secretariats of Christian Educational Institutions in Palestine and Galilee (GSCEI). The memorandum was signed by AUM President, Prof. Nabil Ayoub and by the Secretary General of the GSCEI in Palestine and Galilee, Fr. Dr. Iyad Twal.
The MOU outlined the common objectives of the University and the General Secretariats and provided partial scholarships to students from all parts of the General Secretariats schools based on merit and academic excellence. Moreover, the AUM will help in developing the innovation spirit for the students as well as scientific advice and guidance to enhance the creativity and innovation of students and to qualify them to compete locally and internationally in scientific fairs.
Through the MOU, the University will contribute to the provision of academic support, will have a joint workshop, training program and other related activities.
During a meeting between His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal with the students of the American University of Madaba (which is affiliated with the Latin Patriarchate), an interesting dialogue took place where the Prince answered their questions.
The students referred to the library and internet to get acquainted with the “views” of His Royal Highness the Prince. They, consequently, came out with well-framed questions in the English language reflecting the youths’ eagerness to map out a ray or rather rays of hope for the future.
The dialogue in the first place was about extremism, fanaticism, violence and terrorism, and what young people can do to reduce this stifling and pervasive phenomena against humanity. Secondly, the discussion also dealt with the environment, especially about water and the measures to be adopted to make it serve as a source of cooperation among the peoples and the leaders of the region rather than being a cause for disputes and wars.
Thirdly, questions were raised about citizenship in the homeland and whether there is "full citizenship" with regards to full equality among all citizens without discrimination, exclusion and marginalization.
Fourthly, from within the university in our country, there was a dialogue about the role universities play nowadays in influencing the mindsets and culture of peoples, by causing them not to just become satisfied with the flow of information and with every conceivable thought.
The fifth point that the students focused on is the dialogue among followers of religions, and how to promote the values of love, brotherhood and cooperation among them. What is more important is that religion nowadays is subjected to a wave of accusations at a time when religion has nothing to do with them. This point has been dealt with in detail as the students wanted to promote and disseminate the Jordanian initiatives to all parts of the world by calling for attaining mutual respect, peaceful common life and proper use of religion in the service of justice, peace, basic human rights, and the enhancement of universal freedoms foremost of which are the freedom of expression and religious freedom.
We are all aware of the sublime and vast thoughts of His Highness the Prince. There is no room here to mention the detailed answers that His Highness used to ingrain in their minds the spirit of enthusiasm, courage and seriousness in the "educated generation of tomorrow."
Yet, he was keen to show the youths how to "emulate" influential personalities, influential in history, past and present, and to serve as a "model" for continuity and the establishment of a noble human civilization. It is also an invitation to all those who shoulder the responsibility to serve as a role models in their life, speech and views. There is a quote which says, "Tell me who your role model is, so that I can tell you who you are. Really, the young people have their own views, and we only have to listen to them...