Jordan University of Science and Technology participated in the first US - Jordanian University Cooperation Network (UCN) Webinar series which tackled the challenges the COVID-19 imposed on different levels.
In November and December 2020, 36 panelists and moderators from universities in the U.S and Jordan; the World Bank; the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section in Amman, Jordan; and the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Washington D.C. discussed challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 crisis for tertiary education, and the need to develop strategies that adapt higher education curricula to the labor markets marked by the emergence of the ever stronger artificial intelligence (AI) revolution that affects the way most of us live, work, and play.
In the opening webinar titled "Internationalization of the Campus", Dr. Qanita Bani Baker, JUST focal point for the UCN, and Ms. Fawzia Ammoura, Head of Exchange Programs Section at the International Relations Office, shared JUST response to the COVID-19 in a presentation titled "Internationalization at campus, the ISN at JUST as an example" and discussed how the university managed this period of adaption, challenges and opportunities. The followings are the main messages from the first webinar as shared by the panelists:
- Internationalization is a commitment to infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout the teaching, research, and service missions of higher education.
- Think beyond mobility, beyond the international office but still playing a key leadership role.
- Need for Leadership to internationalize the on-campus curriculum and learning; promote research and scholarship; encourage and implement global institutional partnerships within a framework of inclusion, diversity and equity.
Dr. Mohannad Aljarrah, the Director of the Center of Excellence for Innovative Projects at JUST, participated in the second webinar titled "Linking Tertiary Education to the Labor" in which he outlined general approach to the issue of linking higher education to the labor market, and the role the center of excellence plays in serving the linkage between education and industry, as he provided examples of projects as case study. Dr. Aljarrah focused on the importance of promoting internships to respond to labor market demands and adapting the curricula to new technologies and digital learning. Panelists discussed employment and entrepreneurship challenges which the Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) program suggested to solve under the following five initiatives:
- Teaching employability skills
- Leveraging partnerships
- Developing technical skills to meet industry needs
- Preparing entrepreneurs
- Training teachers, employers, and other partners
- Educated, healthy, employed, and civically engaged youth drive economic growth, resilience, peace and stability, democracy, improved health outcomes, and prosperity.
A System-Wide Approach for Effective Skills Development need to:
- Fully reflect modern industry practices
- Focus on competency-based training and certification methods
- Provide youth with robust practical experience
- Lay a foundation for addressing systemic challenges in skills development ecosystem.
About the UCN:
The U.S.-Jordan University Cooperation Network (UCN) aims to strengthen strategic and long-term cooperation among U.S. and Jordanian universities to advance joint research, expand academic exchanges, and strengthen the quality of higher education and research in their countries. By enhancing opportunities for inter-university cooperation, the UCN seeks to expand mutually-beneficial research and education in support of economic and social development objectives. To deepen and sustain such cooperation, the UCN also encourages joint capacity building and professional development. Please visit the UCN website for more details www.ucnnetwork.com.
Panelists and moderator in our first webinar on the Internationalization of the Campus: Tertiary Education Institutions' Response to the Pandemic
Panelists and moderator in our second webinar
on Linking Tertiary Education to the Labor Market.