His Majesty King Abdullah II: "JUST is the Best Scientific Institution in the Kingdom"
His Majesty King Abdullah stressed the importance of improving the quality of education at the country's universities, noting that this goal requires strategic planning so that these institutions can build on their achievements.
During a meeting at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) with the university president, vice presidents and deans, the Monarch also emphasised the need to explore means to increase investment in scientific research and support innovative and creative Jordanians.
The King, who commended the distinguished status the university has achieved since its establishment in 1987, especially in the area of scientific research, asserted the need to continue on this path.
At the meeting, attended by Royal Court Chief Nasser Lozi and the King’s Adviser Ayman Safadi, JUST President Wajih Owais highlighted the university’s ongoing expansion and development.
During the visit, the King toured an exhibition featuring students’ projects and achievements in the areas of medicine, engineering and renewable energy, including models of their projects.
Students briefed the King on the Internet Reactor Laboratory, a joint project of North Carolina State University and JUST, implemented in cooperation with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, that allows JUST students to access the US university’s PULSTAR nuclear reactor over the Internet in their local “Nuclear Reactor Laboratory”.
The programme was sponsored by the US Department of State under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Also, the King attended the launch of the campus-based nuclear research centre that will accommodate the Kingdom’s first nuclear reactor for research and training purposes. He also unveiled a model of the research reactor, which will be built by a South Korean consortium.
The nuclear research centre, to be completed by 2015, will cost $130 million, of which $70 million will be secured through a soft loan from the South Korean government.
With regard to the university’s research potential, Owais said members of its teaching staff have acquired $15 million from local and international institutions over the past three years to fund research. Next year, the university will graduate its first batch of students specialising in nuclear engineering, Owais said, noting the high demand for this specialisation.
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