The American University of Madaba is now in its eighth year of existence. American Style education is at the heart of AUM, be it Majors’ structure, instruction methods or student engagement. We reach out to our students before we teach them. Our graduates are very much sought after for employment by the big companies in Jordan and the Middle East. Since its establishment in 2011, AUM has proudly held four graduation ceremonies for a total of 1065 students. These graduates are proof that AUM is fulfilling its duty to produce well-rounded leaders and critical thinkers who can solve problems in an increasingly complex, dynamic and global society. In the coming years, we look forward to many more graduation ceremonies for our students, who will contribute to fulfilling AUM’s core mission in Jordan, the Middle East and Africa. The University remains deeply committed to offering an American-style liberal arts experience that stresses critical thinking and practical application.
AUM has been able, during this short period of time, to establish eighteen programs accredited by the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (HEAC-QA), and has been authorized to grant degrees for all eighteen programs by the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission (NHHEC). A significant part of my mandate as President is to develop new programs addressing market demand. Recently we introduced two new Bachelor Degree programs, Human Resources Management and Design and Visual Communication. Additionally we are introducing a new IT major in Data Science.
As an American university we are diligently seeking international accreditation and an increased number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with US and European universities. We are in the process of submitting the Eligibility Report to New England Commission for Higher Education (NECHE). Obtaining such US accreditation will undoubtedly advance our efforts in establishing fruitful working relationships with other American and European universities, for the purpose of attracting more exchange students, widening our endeavors to promote research and establishing joint academic programs.
As for community engagement, AUM is helping in developing the spirit of innovation in high school students, from the 9th to 12th grades. We helped high school students to develop their ideas into projects based on scientific research methods. Recently we had two success stories with a Madaba high school where two projects of teams of students were chosen for participation in international competitions; one was ISEF in USA and the other was in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. We are expanding our base of engagement with several schools in Amman.
These projects entered into a national competition organized annually by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. Successful projects, such as the project mentioned earlier, were submitted to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which convenes annually in the USA and is supported by the Intel Corporation. There are additional multiple fairs, which convene in many parts of the world, in which the students may also participate.
Professor Nabil Ayoub, AUM President