Under the patronage of H.E. Prof. Mohammed Khair Abu Qudais, the Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the National Erasmus Plus Office organized a virtual week for Higher Education Reform Experts during the period 7-9 June in the presence of H.E Mrs. Maria Hadjitheodosiu, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Jordan.
Prof. Ahmad Abu-el-Haija, Director of the National Erasmus plus Office, shared with the audience some figures on the funded projects under Erasmus+ program in the three main key actions, which are International Credit Mobility, Capacity building in the field of Higher Education and policy reform. Between 2015 and 2020, 53 capacity building projects involved Jordanian institutions, and 56 projects were coordinated by Jordan. While, 594 programmes involved academic staff and student exchange, and the total number of mobilities from and to Jordan reached almost 6000.
For his part, Mr. Clivio Casali from the Education and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels, highlighted the funded projects within the Erasmus+ programme on social inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship and employability. He encouraged the participants to pay more attention to these topics when preparing project proposals to match the new programme priorities.
In her intervention, H.E. Ambassador Maria Hadjitheodosiou stressed that “Through the next Erasmus+ programme the EU will continue supporting higher education in Jordan and will include technical and vocational training, while emphasizing equity and inclusion. It will also focus on systems strengthening and capacity building, and aim for the participation of other relevant national authorities to ensure ownership of reforms. We also hope to increase synergies with projects financed through our country programme in the sectors where the major EU priorities will be lay in the future: on green growth, on digitalization, and innovation.”
Prof. Mamoun Al-Debie, Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education who represented Minister Abu Qudais praised the efforts of the National Erasmus Plus Office, and thanked the European Commission in boosting social inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship and employability particularly in the field of higher education. Furthermore, the Secretary General highlighted the significance of sustaining collaboration and looking forward to increase cooperation tools with our European counterparts.
The three-day event witnessed a vast participation that included representatives from the Higher Education Reform Experts team, academic and administrative staff from various higher education institutions and official departments.
The topics highlighted during the event included social inclusion and increasing opportunities of vulnerable groups in higher education, Jordanian policies on social inclusion in higher education, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship in Jordan and Europe. On the last day of the event, a panel discussion on the digital skills needed to enhance graduates’ employability was held. Participants from different universities and enterprises discussed recent development in the labor market, and urged universities to develop their curricula accordingly.
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