Located in the capital city of Amman, a popular destination for visitors to the region, the University of Jordan (UJ) was established in 1962 by royal decree. It is a state-funded university, and both the largest and oldest in the country.
Home to approximately 38,000 students, UJ offers around 60 undergraduate degree programmes. For post-graduates, there is the choice of 30 doctoral programmes, 81 master’s, as well as various professional diplomas and medical specialisations. The university is organised across 18 faculties and its hospital, established in 1973, is affiliated with the King Hussein Cancer Centre, the first JCI Disease Specific Certificate-accredited Cancer Centre outside of the USA.
Teaching at the University of Jordan – in its style and approach – combines traditional methods with modern tools. There is a focus on interactive and multimedia techniques and a big part of its mission is to incorporate fieldwork, practical training and applied research into its courses. Most programmes offered by the university include some or all of these components.
It is claimed that the highest number of researchers per million in the Arab world are located in Jordan. Among UJ’s 1,000-strong faculty are writers, analysts and literary critics, many of whom have taught at other universities in neighbouring Arab countries and around the world.
The university prides itself on having a global focus and is a member of the International Association of Universities, the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World, Mediterranean Universities Union, and Association of Arab Universities. Its motto is: ‘Years of excellence.’
UJ’s campus is located in the Jubeiha area of the capital’s University District. Jubeiha is considered the centre of the district with five other areas surrounding it.