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At the beginning of the meeting, Kafafi reviewed the programs and majors that Yarmouk offers, pointing out that they welcome all forms of cooperation with international universities, which serve the educational process, and provide students and academic staff with opportunities to visit Krimenchuk National University and expand their cultural and academic knowledge.

Kafafi added that Yarmouk is ready to cooperate with the Ukrainian University in areas of common interest, noting to the possibility of receiving Krimenchuk's students who wish to learn Arabic at the languages center through the program of Arabic language for Speakers of other languages.

For his part, Zagirnyak praised the outstanding academic level of YU and expressed the aspirations of Krimenchuk to strengthen cooperation with YU through students and staff exchange programs and to conduct academic research in areas of common interest.

The meeting was attended by vice president, Dr. Fawwaz Al-Abed Al- Haq and a number of officials from both sides.

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YU president sponsored the opening of the 5th International Conference:  "Tourism and Peace: Way of Life", which was organized by the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management.

Researchers from Spain, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Algeria, Palestine, France, Oman, United Kingdom, and Jordan participated in the conference that lasted for three days.

In his speech, president Kafafi stated that the fifth Conference was given the title "Tourism and Peace: Way of life"   because tourism means peace, respect and mutual understanding. He added that Jordan has a legacy of ancient civilizations that go back to thousands of years such as those of Ammon, Moab, Greeks, Romans, Nabataeans, Muslim Arabs, and Ottomans, adding that Ain Ghazal statues, the Mesha Stele, Petra, Jerash, Jadara among others stand as evidence of the sequence of those civilizations.

Kafafi pointed that the Faculty of Tourism in Yarmouk is one of the largest in Jordan, and is heading towards internationalization especially after the Bachelor program of Tourism Management was accredited by the World Tourism Organization TEDQUAL. He then thanked the faculty administration, teaching staff and students for their efforts to maintain the outstanding reputation of YU locally and internationally.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Shunnaq, the faculty dean, also pointed that the title of the conference was based on the fact that Jordan, which is in the midst of internal conflicts and wars, enjoys peace and security. He added that participants included researchers from various countries, official ministries in Jordan such as the Ministry of Tourism and monuments, Jordan tourism board, Irbid and Jerash cities, and representatives of the local community.

Al-Shunnaq added that organizing this conference came to confirm the relationship between tourism and peace, for tourism promotes peace and acceptance of the other, and peace encourages the flow of tourists to tourist destinations.

In her speech on behalf of participants, Dr. Maria José of Spain noted that Jordan is a well-known international tourist destination. She praised YU efforts in heritage and tourism research and thanked the organizing committee for this unique academic experience that serves as a good opportunity to exchange ideas, and build new projects that serve tourism.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Isa Qomoh, vice president, Dr. Anis Khasawneh, vice president, Dr. Fawwaz Al-Abed Al- Haq, director of Irbid tourism directorate, Ms. Mashael Khasawneh, Jerash mayor, Dr. Ali Qoqaza, several deans and faculty members and students.

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President of YU, Dr. Zeidan Kafafi, met with Dr. Jean-Michel Shapue of the Institute of Research and Graduate studies at the French University of Paris I, and Katrina Clett, attaché of university cooperation at the French Embassy in Amman. Means and ways of academic cooperation between the two sides were discussed.

At the beginning of the meeting, Kafafi pointed out that Yarmouk has a long history of academic cooperation with French educational institutions. He further stressed the importance of activating this cooperation through exchange programs in the framework of the EU-supported Erasmus+ programs. He further pointed out that Yarmouk has already sent 80 students to various EU countries such as Spain and Sweden this semester and invited the French embassy to build bridges of academic and research cooperation between Yarmouk and various French institutions of higher education.

Kafafi confirmed Yarmouk's readiness to renew the memorandum of understanding with the University of Paris I, which provides for joint cooperation in tourism and hotel management, confirming the support of YU's administration to guide specialists from both sides to put forward the idea of Sandwich Degree in hotel management, which is a distinct educational and training opportunity for students of the Faculty of Tourism at the two universities.

For their part, the delegation confirmed the embassy's willingness to enhance cooperation between French universities and Yarmouk in various fields particularly in tourism and French language. They also pointed to the possibility of increasing the number of student visits to French universities through Erasmus+ exchange program, which constitutes an opportunity to enrich their academic and cultural knowledge.

  

The meeting was attended by the dean of the faculty of tourism and hotels, Dr. Mohammed Al-Shunnaq, director of international relations department, Dr. Mowaffaq Al-Otoom, and director of public relations and media, Mr. Mukhlis Al-Ibbini.

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President of YU, Dr. Zeidan Kafafi met with Mr. Anwar Bani Khalifa, a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Ms. Lara Obeid, representative of the Jordan Transparency Center (JTC), and Mr. Omar Al-Akhras, representative of the integrity and anti-corruption Commission. The meeting comes during their visit to YU to implement the third year phase of "Universities against Corruption" initiative, launched by the Centre in twelve public and private universities in 2017.

Kafafi emphasized that Yarmouk supports initiatives that help drive sustainable development, pointing to the importance of raising awareness among students about the concept of corruption and how to address it.

Kafafi added that corruption can reach legislative matters that affect large segments of citizens, stressing the need to intensify efforts of various institutions and society members to deal with this phenomenon.

Bani Khalifa thanked YU for their constant cooperation with the UNDP and the JTC, pointing out that the initiative aims at enhancing the concept of integrity and the role of civil society in fighting corruption.

Obeid, for her part, explained that JTC is a non-profit organization registered in the Ministry of Political Development, which is concerned with promoting integrity, good governance and combating corruption through participation and censorship.

Al-Akhras, for his part, thanked YU for cooperating with the Commission during its celebration of World anti-corruption day, which confirms Yarmouk’s interest in fighting corruption and promoting the values of integrity and transparency in our institutions and society.

Dr. Issa Shihabat, coordinator of the initiative, also pointed out that Yarmouk was one of the first universities to join the initiative and accomplished outstanding achievements at the Arab national level when students of the Faculty of Law joined.

The meeting was attended by the president’s advisor for Media affairs, Dr. Khalaf Al Tahat, director of the department of Presidency, Dr. Mashhour Hamadneh and director of public relations and media, Mr. Mukhlis Al-Ibbini.

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Organized by the Languages Center, president of YU, Dr. Zeidan Kafafi, attended a breakfast banquet with international students who are enrolled at the Arabic language program.

In his speech, Kafafi noted that Yarmouk embraces students from more than 40 Arab and foreign nationalities, stressing that Yarmouk, represented by the languages center, strives to teach them Arabic as well as Jordanian culture and traditions to enable them to learn faster and to be easily integrated with the local community. Kafafi also praised the Languages Centre’s staff for their continous efforts in teaching Arabic.

The director of the center, Dr. Lamia Hammad, for her part, stressed the importance of cultural openness and pointed out that Languages Center always seeks to embody meanings of respect and dialogue among different Islamic and foreign cultures. She further noted that the banquet aimed to integrate their students with other students, strengthen relationships among them, and familiarize them with Jordanian traditional dishes.

Students, for their part, thanked the center’s administration for offering them with a healthy educational environment, and thanked Yarmouk’s administration for organizing extracurricular activities that ensure their involvement in the student’s body.

The breakfast banquet was attended by members of the Council of the Languages Centre, a number of university officials, faculty members and officials of the Centre, and 80 students representing Malaysia, China, Korea, America, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Dagestan, and Greece.

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