24th March 2021

Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) wins first place for the Prince El Hassan Award for Scientific Excellence

Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) won first place equally for El Hassan Award for Scientific Excellence for its project “Establishing the Pharmaceutical Research Center at the University: Vision and Achievement,” which is considered a national achievement with international standards.

The President of the University, Prof. Saeb Khraisat, said that we are looking for this center to be a pioneering global center by presenting unique studies. He indicated that the Pharmaceutical Research Center’s establishment at JUST came to use scientific, professional, and administrative competencies to conduct clinical trials and facilitate the research in the pharmaceutical field.

Prof. Khraisat stated that the announcement of the Award results for this year coincides with the awards 26th anniversary and also coincides with the 74th birthday of its founder, His Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chairman of the

Higher Council for Science and Technology, whose vision is based on that education provides the key to the development of our nation in a sustainable and equitable manner.

The director of the center, Prof. Rana Obaidat, indicated that the center had achieved qualitative achievements in the last two years by participating in clinical research, which reached 16 active clinical trials. Despite all the Covid-19 pandemic obstacles, the center had global achievements with some studies in the past year and achieved the vision of establishment by contributing to providing treatments and diagnosis for many patients. It had an active role in training students, graduates, and workers in both the medical, pharmaceutical and food sectors. The center also contributed to the scientific research community locally and internationally by providing direct analytical services. Also, the center contributed to achieving quality partnerships with national institutions such as the JFDA. On the other hand, the center had many initiatives to serve the university community in the light of Covid-19 pandemic, like the preparation of hand-sanitizers.

The El Hassan Award for Scientific Excellence was established to promote knowledge, learning, scientific research, and training to support education for sustainable and equitable development.

“His Royal Highness believes deeply that education should not only be a national priority but should also reach beyond both the classroom and the syllabus to incorporate the latest technological and communications developments. His Royal Highness believes that the education that our talented young people receive should also meet the challenges of rapid technological development around the world,” the statement said.

JUST is gaining a high reputation locally, regionally, and internationally as a leading and advanced university in the Middle East region and occupies prestigious international university rankings. According to the Times Higher Education (THE) classification, it is currently among the top 500 universities globally and is currently ranked 520 in the world according to the classification US News.

Since the establishment of the pharmaceutical research center, it has successfully finished more than (50) international clinical studies (Phase I-IV) and more than (300) high-quality physicochemical analysis studies that meet international standards. The Pharmaceutical Research Center provides several services such as conducting clinical trials (Phase I-IV), animal studies, biological analysis services, pharmaceutical research studies, and pharmaceutical training). Altogether, this makes the Pharmaceutical Research Center a leading center in serving the pharmaceutical industries in Jordan, the Middle East, and North Africa region.



A Memorandum of Understanding between Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA)

A memorandum of understanding was signed between JUST and JFDA, which included the agreement on joint vocational training courses for graduates and workers in both the food and the pharmaceutical sectors. The MoU was signed by his Excellency Dr. Ghazi Al Zaban, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Board of Directors of JFDA, and Professor Sa’eb Khresat, President of JUST.

Dr. Ghazi Al Zaban encouraged this vital step in exchanging experiences to enrich graduates and workers in the pharmaceutical and food sectors alike. Professor Sa’eb Khresat stressed the importance of effective partnerships between JUST, as a leading research and scientific institution, and between JFDA, as a pioneer partner rich in the technical expertise required for the labor market. Moreover, professor Khresat pointed out the critical role played by such partnerships in the development of human resources in the society and meeting the needs of the labor market, thus contributing to bridging the gap between the labor market and academia.

His Excellency Dr. Hayel Obeidat, the General Director of the JFDA, pointed out the necessity of developing the professional competencies of the employees in the food and medical sectors. Also, he encouraged this step to inform the employees about their legislation, which will directly raise the quality of the institutional standards for those sectors, and that, in turn, will affect the health and nutritional level of the citizens. Dr. Obeidat also stressed that such partnerships are directly related to the mission of the JFDA in enhancing cooperation with partners.

The agreement, which was signed in the presence of members of the Board of Directors of JFDA and Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Studies at JUST, aims to enhance expertise in the pharmaceutical and food sectors. The programs will include professional courses in clinical studies and their regulations, especially in pharmaceutical analysis.

It is worth noting that the Center for Pharmaceutical Studies was established at JUST in 2004 to contribute to meeting the demands of the local and international market for clinical and analytical studies. The Center has also been accredited for conducting clinical studies as part of King Abdullah University Hospital based on the exceptional medical and technical expertise available in the hospital and the university. Prof. Rana Obaidat, Director of the Center, said that the center had conducted more than 50 clinical studies in various phases (I-IV); in addition to overviewing more than 300 analytical studies. It should also be noted that most of the studies conducted by the Center are multi-site international studies conducted under the direct supervision of the Human Research Committee at JUST and JFDA.​

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