Under the Patronage of the Vice President of the Jordan University of Technology and Science Prof. Ahmed Al-Ajlouni, Finn Church Aid (FCA) in partnership with the Jordan University of Science and Technology, hosted the closing ceremony and the announcement of the winning teams who participated in the Dutch Youth Innovation Award (DYIA), one of the activities of the "Creating Attractive Opportunities for Livelihood of Youth in Agriculture COOL- YA" Project, funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan
Prof. Ahmed Al-Ajlouni, the Vice President of Jordan University of Technology and Science, stated during the ceremony, that the project aims to improve communication with the local community, indicating that the award provides an opportunity for creative students to find solutions to post-harvest problems in the Jordanian agricultural sector.
Twenty-Six teams from four universities (Jordan University of Science and Technology, Al-Balqa Applied University, the University of Jordan, and Jerash University) reached the final stages of the award competition, and six outstanding innovative projects were announced as winners, where each team received 4000 Jordanian Dinars.
Dr. Anas Al-Nabulsi, Dean of the College of Agriculture, emphasized the importance of engaging youth in pioneering projects and innovative ideas that support the agricultural sector, as well as the need to connect academic institutions with the private sector to improve the quality of Jordan's agricultural products.
Mrs. Jehan Al-Zaben, Director of the Finn Church Aid - Jordan, highlighted the importance of acknowledging the accomplishments and efforts of our students from the participating universities, as well as the strong support of the esteemed mentors who worked on finding unique technological ideas and applicable practical solutions to address the gaps and challenges confronting Jordan's agricultural sector through the Dutch Youth Innovation Award (DYIA).
Mrs. Enas Al-Saeed, the representative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan, emphasized the value of supporting youth and women in acquiring skills and leveraging technology in the agricultural sector, and the importance of improving communication with various sectors of the local community. Afterward, Raneen Naimi, the award coordinator, presented the award's details.
Prof. Al-Ajlouni, the representative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan, the director of FCA office, and the guests toured the exhibition featuring the projects and prototypes of the projects.
The director of the Finn Church Aid - Jordan gave certificates to students and academic staff who participated in the award.
Prof Al-Ajlouni and Mrs. Enas Al-Saeed announced the winners of the award and presented honorary shields to the participating universities.