The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies hosted the Jordanian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Professor Adel Tweissi on 29 April 2018, who gave a lecture on higher education in Jordan, and its path towards globalism. The lecture was attended by Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education in Qatar, Dr. Azmi Bishara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute, as well as many academics, professors and students.
Dr. Yasir Suleiman, President of the Doha Institute, introduced the minister with remarks on the effectiveness of institutional networking between the Doha Institute and higher education institutions in Jordan. He also highlighted mechanisms in place to strengthen this network. Dr. Tweissi's visit is a reflection of the converging visions in higher education. The Doha Institute is proud that in such a short space of time it has managed to work on the national, regional and Arab levels to attract distinguished cadres, academics, students and administrators, some from Jordan, to contribute in achieving its objectives.
For his part, Dr. Tweissi began his lecture by admiring the educational progress that the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies has made in a few short years. He also praised the Institute for organizing the lecture and explained the extent to which Jordan welcomes the relations between Qatari and Jordanian institutions in general and the Doha Institute in particular. The minister's speech focused on the attention paid to human capital, citing King Hussein's motto that "The human being is our most precious asset". As a result, attention has been paid to human resource-based institutions represented by the Ministries of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research, as well as the Ministry of Labour.
Dr. Tweissi pointed out that higher education began in Jordan in the mid-1950s with the role of teachers in Amman and Ramallah, but the great transformation took place in 1962 with the establishment of the University of Jordan. Jordanian universities today number 32, including 10 state universities and 22 private universities, with 291 thousand students enrolled, 50 thousand of whom are post-graduates. This is in addition to 41 technical colleges and 7 more undergoing construction that have been licensed to the private sector.
Dr. Tweissi also brought up the topic of international students. He mentioned the 1404 Qatari students in Jordan and expressed his intention to raise this number pointing out that the doors are always open to Qatari students wishing to join Jordanian universities. "The strategic objective is to increase the number of international students from 40,000 to 70,000 by 2020," he said, referring to the ministry's ambition to attract more students and strengthen the status of Jordanian universities in international classifications that require 25% of a University student body to be foreign.
Dr. Azmi Bishara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Doha Institute, welcomed Dr. Tweissi in the presence of Dr. Yasser Suleiman, Acting President of the Institute, Dr. Hind Al-Miftah, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs, and Dr. Mohammed Almasri, Executive Director of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, in addition to the deputy Jordanian ambassador Amjad al Mebyadeen.