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Through collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and the Deanship of Scientific Research at the University, the University of Science and Technology of Jordan launches the "Industry to Industry" initiative. This initiative aims to enhance the university's partnership with local industries and the private sector to develop a long-term partnership by increasing the participation of university colleges and centers in solving specific problems in local industries or developing local industries in whole or in part based on the needs and potential of the market.
The college of engineering in cooperation with the deanship of research at Jordan University of Science and Technology is launching Industry to Industry "I2I" initiative. I2I aims at enhancing the engagement of the university with local industries and the private sector to develop a long-term partnership by increasing the participation of the university colleges and centers in solving specific problems in local industries or entirely or partially developing local industries based on market needs and potentials.
The initiative will open two tracks to achieve the initiative's goals:
A. Market-Oriented Applied Research
This track is oriented towards graduation capstone projects of college students. It is required for each student to successfully complete a one-year graduation project of a total of 4 credit hours. The university, with its mix of teaching and research functions, has the role of conducting basic research to advance knowledge. The pursuit of science has often opened doors to technology with commercial applications. Hence, to strengthen the links between learning engagement and improved student outcomes, students will participate in inquiry-based learning, synthesize information from multiple sources, and explore creativity through real market-oriented projects. In the graduation project, students will learn by doing and discovering and will be guided by mentors. This will result in them questioning, critically thinking about problems, and, hopefully, creatively solving problems.
Why this track?
It is believed that directing some of JUST's resources, students, faculties, and facilities towards focused applied projects emerging from the actual local need for new systems or industries is a win-win situation because
- The manpower available at JUST is huge
- The existence of the manpower, local partners, and facilities are key factors for the sustainability of the project
- It enhances the communication skills of the students involved in such projects to present and argue their designs in front of industrial partners and investors
- It enhances the students' capacities in preparing, conducting, and analyzing surveys
- It increases the exposer of the students to local industries
- It helps in highlighting the local competencies that graduates should enjoy
- It enhances the capabilities of the students to work within a team and within interdisciplinary groups
- It enhances the capabilities and skills of students to raise funds and support for their projects
- It enhances the development capabilities of the university in "R&D"
- It cultivates a group of entrepreneurs that know market needs and potentials
- It increases the possibility of having spin-offs based on real products and market needs
- It raises the chances of producing "patents" based on real developments
The proposed fund shall be directed towards the projects that satisfy the following conditions:
- Has a proven direct need from a local industry based on rigid market analysis
- Has a serious private sector or industrial partners
- Better to have multi-disciplinary components
- Better to have cross-departmental participants
B. Industry-Driven Applied Research
A more logical extension of teaching activities is basic research. Hence, the college has also the role of contributing to the development and integration of technology for civilian or military uses through its valuable source of scientific knowledge and expertise. This is achieved through faculty members' engagement in real-world problems in an industry collaborative environment through projects. Furthermore, Problem-Based Learning is an instructional approach that makes the student the focus of the learning process, seeking to empower them such that they take responsibility for their learning. Engaging graduate students with industry enables them to acquire a global perspective about the core attributes expected in future engineering jobs. In today's large-scale industrial market, companies tend to prefer graduates with design skills attained through the project approach.
This track is oriented towards solving specific problems or challenges that a certain industry is facing. This track will initiate by the industries by sending their request to the university by filling an online application that is available at the website of the deanship of research.
JUST team along with the industry representative will prepare a Term of Reference (ToR) document for this request and launch a solicitation among JUST staff. The selection committee will select a suitable proposal and recommend it for funding. The proposal then will go through the already existing channels within JUST for funding.
For more information
Jordan University of Science & Technology
P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan
Tel. +962 2 7201000 Ext. 22525
Fax +962 2 7201074