The Hashemite University is based in Zarqa in Jordan, and is a state-supported university with a comprehensive campus, which has been redeveloped in four phases – the last was completed in 2005 and exceeds 50,000 square metres.What started out as four different colleges has expanded to fourteen throughout the years. The university has a variety of faculties which teach core subjects such as: arts, science, engineering, literature and many other buildings and related services. The university is said to have one of the strongest engineering schools in the Middle East. The university, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, issues three international peer-reviewed scientific journals: Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences (JJBS), Jordan Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (JJMIE) and The Jordan Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences (JJEES).The university library includes the main library building as well as five specialised libraries: Medical, Childhood, Social Work, American Studies and British Studies. The libraries house a collection of over 230,000 books.The university offers students a cafe, swimming pools, and recreational areas – which offers ping pong and board games – as well as access to a village, which plays host to a large supermarket providing anything a student might need.Healthcare is made available to all students and is included in university fees. The university also provides free life insurance coverage to all students.