Projects
TEMPUS Projects
An internationalization management model in partner institutions will be developed in order to provide appropriate knowledge and means to improve internationalization actions and activities that contribute to the sustainability of the international dimension of partner institutions in south neighbouring countries. The model aims at improving the institutional management processes of internationalization through establishing governance procedures that enhance internationalization within the university hierarchy of partner institutions, building their capacity, empowering them with references and guidelines in alignment to EU practices and encouraging them to share best-practices and develop strong partnership with EU partners. The model will be based on analyses of needs and capacities in partner HEIs and the experiences and best practices from EU partner institutions. This will then lead to producing a set of principles, priorities, guidelines and procedures to support HEIs to improve management of the internationalization processes at the institutional level.
 
The importance of relations between universities and their socio-economic environment has become a topical issue in Europe in the last 20 years, and has also been stressed within the implementation of the Bologna process. Whereas in most European countries, relations between Universities and enterprises have been developed and intensified during the past decade, Jordanian Universities are currently only starting to create strategies and instruments in this domain. The project is aimed at stimulating the development of a Jordanian university enterprise cooperation culture, by promoting good practice for implementing university based enterprise liaison offices in 8 Jordanian Universities, creation of capacities in human resources, promoting of coherent information and communication strategies among the Universities’ communities and within the local business environment as well as providing necessary strategic input for the creation of long-term partnerships and collaborative research with enterprises.
 
The project addresses the Jordan national priority for joint project of curricula reform, specifically modernisation of undergraduate curricula in renewable energy with emphasis on 3 cycle structure, ECTS and degree recognition. The project aims to develop and implement a new national undergraduate degree programme in renewable energy in Jordanian universities according to EU practices.  It will foster significant development in the professional human capacity of Jordanian universities and allow strong partnership with EU partners. This proposal is highly supported the Higher Education Accreditation Commission in Jordan.
 
The RecoNow project aims at improving and increasing the quality of student mobility within Middle Eastern and European higher education systems. The project tackles poor recognition of foreign qualifications as one of the main challenges that hinder international student mobility. Specific expertise in the credential evaluation field, access to official, comprehensive and focused information on different HE systems, study programmes, institutions and their recognition procedures, are among the key issues to be improved in order to guarantee smooth recognition procedures and to foster cross-border student mobility. The project runs from December 2013 until May 2016 in the framework of the Tempus Programme.
 
EQTeL is a Structural Measures project which completely addresses "Governance Reform” under the theme:  Introduction of Quality Assurance. This is a national priority for Jordan. It will modernise and reform teaching methodologies. The project has been designed to improve the quality and relevance of technology-enhanced in Jordan trough developing and implementing new accreditation standards, guidelines and procedures for distance learning study programs according to EU practices. This proposal has been instigated and is highly supported by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as the Higher Education Accreditation Commission. eQTeL will focus on developing a quality assurance framework to foster in technology-enhanced learning in university education in Jordan, and establishing a sustainable capacity building programme to support faculty implement technology in education.
 
A model was produced to support Jordanian HEIs, and their Quality Assurance Bureaus, to improve internal QA in line with new national HE Accreditation Council requirements and international expectations. The Model will be based on analyses of needs and capacities in Jordanian HEIs and the experiences and best practices from the successful QA Action Line of the Bologna Process. Workshops, consultations and ‘matching’ exercises will contribute relevant material from Jordanian and European HE institutions, QA agencies and consortia. The Model will be piloted in Jordanian HEIs and complemented by training and capacity building to support its sustainability. European experiences in building productive relationships between HEIs and their QA agencies will inform the effective implementation of the Model and reflect the importance of autonomous HEIs meeting national/international expectations whilst still working in different contexts.
 
The project is born from real needs identified via research and past experiences. This includes knowledge that increased autonomy and efficiency are desirable for Financial Management (FM) in the partner countries, and that this is a strategic goal for many. Lend specific support to institutional demands for increased efficiency, autonomy and transparency in FM in partnering Southern Neighbouring Area (SNA) HEIs, in line with national schemes & regional Tempus priorities.
 
The purpose of the project is to contribute to the development of international relations (IRs) management in HEIs in the MEDA region, in particular in Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan. The project partnership is comprised of 3 European partners with expertise in institutional internationalization (UA, UPMF, and TUGM) and 12 partners from the MEDA region, hailing from Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Lebanon (2 per country). All seek to improve their international relations management. The project will focus on strengthening the know-how and management capacities of the staff of the partner universities, and to build efficient structures for international relations. The project includes different types of actions, including on-site observation sessions, human resources development for both top-level management (Strategic level) and IRO staff (Practical level), the development of strategic internationalization plans for the participant institutions and, the main output, a formalized regional network dedicated to internationalization. All the activities are designed to be complementary and drive the participants towards a more innovative and united approach to internationalisation and the management of international relations.
 
ALTAIR project specifically aims at strengthening the foundations for the systematic implementation of a coherent quality culture within partners’ institutions. The action will achieve the objective through capacity building in Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Morocco involving two universities per country and comprising the Ministries of Higher Education through extensive training programmes. On the other hand, the action will contribute to the strengthening of physical infrastructure in relation to the structures (Q-Units within the Universities) responsible for the implementation of quality assurance mechanisms and the establishment of effective and necessary information system within participating Universities.
 
Achieving Sustainable Programmes in Regeneration and Entrepreneurship: Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine
The ASPIRE project aims to enhance the capacity of the six consortium universities in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine by enabling them to develop sustainable programmes in entrepreneurship in their countries. The project also aims to enhance the cooperation between universities in the region and with EU partner institutions. The EU partners of ASPIRE have a rich experience of entrepreneurship education and a successful track record of previous Tempus projects which will ensure that the consortium will be able to meet the project objectives.
 
Integrating a Holistic Approach to Student Services for Increased Student Wellbeing
MEDAWEL provides HEIs in SNA with a holistic approach to student services (SS) for increased student wellbeing and applicable service offers via targeted planning and development on institutional, national and regional levels, in line with national goals and regional Tempus priorities. MEDAWEL works in this context to improve service offer, increase regional dialogue and student's institutional involvement. The project commences with a benchmarking exercise to identify relative strengths and offers capacity building training actions. In parallel, MEDAWEL provokes stakeholder interaction via roundtables, a dedicated network and regional dissemination actions and events. A specific strand of MEDAWEL is dedicated to students, promoting their involvement in decision making and needs analysis from a national student survey. Lastly, participating HEIs select services from a 'menu' and implement two services before project end.
 
ERAMUS+ Projects
he wider objective of the project is to support the structural reform of the higher education system in Jordan, develop a qualifications framework for higher education in line with national priorities, and implement at different institutional levels. NQF-J shall provide a QF for higher education for implementation at institutional level and, importantly, set up the basis for a comprehensive NQF, and thus endeavours to establish an NQF model that identifies the generic expectations of all levels of higher educational programmes. These will be expressed as learning outcomes, mainly based on knowledge, skills and competences. The standards of qualifications at each level will be created and established through a number of activities in which descriptors will be determined, along with appropriate QA processes, by all stakeholders in higher education.
 
The overarching goal of OpenMed is to raise awareness and facilitate the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in the Arab Mediterranean countries, with a particular focus on higher education in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine. OpenMed fosters the role of universities as knowledge providers not only to their on-campus students but also beyond the walls of institutions, especially towards disadvantaged groups (e.g. low income peoples, disabled students, people living in rural areas, learners at risk of low achievement, refugees). OpenMed is an international cooperation project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education programme of the European Union during the period 15 October 2015-14 October 2018.
 
There is a worldwide consensus today on the relevance of quality human resource management (HRM) for the optimisation of Higher Education Institutions’ performance. HEIs are facing increasingly complex contexts which require HRM models able to respond to new challenges in the selection, development and motivation of their staff. HR approaches focused on staff recruitment, organisation of employment contracts and salary payment are completely superseded by the necessity to take account of new issues, such as training, promotion and encouragement, development support and strategic planning for future needs.
 
The project concentrates on strengthening and enhancing the role of higher education institutions and universities in innovation capacity building, technology transfer and commercialization of applied scientific research outcome in Jordan aiming at the creation of the essential environment for innovation in order to build a knowledge-based economy.
 
The project is aiming the development of an adaptive curriculum in engineering education that is based on digital learning resources for mobile devices, responds to the requirements for modernization and accessibility of the Jordanian high education system to improve the educational integration of disadvantaged learners in the educational system - groups in risk whose special needs or socioeconomic status significantly restrict their ability for adequate education.
 
The project aims to promote HEI staff’s and students’ interdisciplinary skills through the development of innovative educational approaches to energy planning, able to support interaction among different disciplines (spatial planning, environment, engineering, landscape, etc.) and foster collaboration with research and business activities operating in the RES sector, thus keeping up with its continuous technological innovation.
 
European Project Design and Management in the South Mediterranean Region 
This project will develop it will therefore develop a comprehensive training programme for 24 participants from 8 selected Partner Country HEIs with a total of 8 training of trainers sessions and 8 practical placements taking place in European universities. This will equip staff in Partner Country HEIs with the necessary skills to successfully set up and run an “EU project design and management unit” and hold internal training sessions within their HEIs. These training sessions will be developed into Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) accessible via the project website for staff from other HEIs in the region. The selected Partner Country HEIs will then set up a regional EuNIT network to promote the exchange of good practices, use of MOOCs and also offer training sessions for staff from other HEIs in the region in EU project design and management.
 
Pathway in Forensic Computing
The FORC project seeks to seeks to build capacities to develop an integrated curriculum in forensic computing as pathways within the undergraduate degrees of the faculties of Information Technology and Law, using a student-centered adaptive learning approach based on the bologna processes. It aims to develop a pathways integrated within the current curricula, to bring continuity and achieve harmony across the programs. This pathway will be deployed at the four participating partner universities, two in Palestine  and two in Jordan.
 
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