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The President of Yarmouk University, Prof. Zeidan Kafafi, stressed that Yarmouk University as a national educational institution seeks to support the government's efforts to implementing preventive measures aimed at reducing the spread of the Corona virus and that the university appreciates the great efforts made by our armed forces, security agencies, and all health sector cadres that cooperate to maintain the security, health, and safety of citizens, under the guidance and active care of the country's leader, His Majesty King Abdullah II.

He added that Yarmouk, based on the decisions of the Higher Education Council, continues activating its system of distance education and providing its students with the required logistics for free. Kafafi emphasized that YU will take all measures to ensure the continuation of the educational process for the second semester effectively. Also, he explained that the university confirms the cancellation of all students' exams during the curfew period, including the mid-term exams. Then he pointed out that the university is waiting for the decision of the Council of Higher Education regarding the possibility of extending the current second semester as well as the related other related issues. Regarding graduate students, he said that the university is working hard to come up with the most efficient decisions regarding the comprehensive and final examinations period, the dates of Masters' theses discussion, and the methodology of discussion.

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The Director of the Department of Public Relations and Media, the Official Spokesman of Yarmouk University, Mr. Mukhles Al-Abini confirmed that the university, under the exceptional circumstances of Corona virus, is working through its various departments and human cadres to continue professional planning and achievements.He declared that in accordance with the instructions articulated by the President of the University, Prof. Zeidan Kafafi, Yarmouk University sets the safety of its students at the top of its priorities, whether they are Jordanians or expatriates, including those of cultural exchange programs.

In this regard, the Director of the Department of International Relations and Projects, Dr. Muwaffaq Al-Otoom, indicated that based on the university's comprehensive plan to deal with this Corona-crisis-based conditions and under the direct guidance of the President of the University Prof. Zeidan Kafafi, the Department is following up with all students, especially those visiting the university within the international exchange programs, regarding their life conditions and concerns.

Al-Otoom added that YU is hosting 29 students from nine European countries through the Erasmus+ European program and 11 students from Turkey through the Turkish Mawlana program. The University, as he explained, is keeping contacting with those students through different means and is always observing their life conditions.

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The President of Yarmouk University, Prof. Zeidan Kafafi had a meeting with Dr. Ivano Patrick and Dr. Jean-Michel Chappeau from the French University of Sorbonne, and Dr. Gerald Bayer from the French University of Angers, where ways to enhance cooperation between the three universities were discussed. Kafafi praised the depth of relations that bring together Yarmouk at the French embassy in Amman as well as the various French universities, institutes, and educational institutions. He expressed Yarmouk's readiness to discuss the mechanisms for establishing a joint program in hotel management with these two prestigious universities, as such a join program will attract a number of faculty members from France to participate in teaching courses for the students of the program. He added that Yarmouk seeks with all its cadres to overcome obstacles of creating international programs that meet the aspirations of Jordanian and Arab youth. He then added that this program will contribute effectively to upgrading the hotel sector in Jordan and improving hotel services in the country.

In return, the members of the delegation expressed the importance of establishing such a joint program with Yarmouk University, which has a distinguished scientific reputation in the field of tourism and archeology. They explained that signing a cooperation agreement in this regard is beneficial for the involving parties. However, the meeting was attended by the dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Prof. Muhammad Al-Shannaq, the dean of scientific research, Prof. Qassem Al-Hammouri, the director of the Department of International Relations and Projects, Dr. Mowaffaq Al-Atoum, and the director of Public Relations and Media Department, Mr. Mukhlis Al-Abeini.

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Aiming at opening horizons of exchange of experiences for the institutionalization of work between the two sides, Yarmouk University, represented by Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women’s Studies, signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Committee for Women’s Affairs. Such an exchange will help implement the activities of the training program for members of elected councils in the North Region (governorate, municipal, and local councils) at Yarmouk University. The activities will be implemented in their first stage in partnership with the Hayvos Foundation –“Women Empowerment for Leadership Project in Trade and Professional Syndicates and Political Parties”.

Kafafi stressed that the committee’s officials and Yarmouk University, represented by Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women’s Studies, are all keen to support and implement the goal of empowering, training, and refining women skills in order to qualify them to claiming leadership positions. This in return will contribute to their experiences and knowledge and will eventually contribute to the development of the Jordanian society and motivate Jordanian women in all regions of the Kingdom to strive for their own self-development. Also, he expressed the university's readiness to be the host for such a training program. Then he talked about the possibility of hosting participants in the program at Yarmouk University to promote a participatory approach and develop relationships with members of the local community, pointing out that serving the local community is one of the main goals of the university.

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In turn, Shreddem thanked Yarmouk University for its permanent cooperation with the National Committee for Women’s Affairs, which seeks to promote the integration of gender equality measures through planning national policies and programs. She explained that the Committee adopts a gender equality mechanism in recognition of the importance of gender equality and women's empowerment in achieving national priorities. She then praised the great steps taken by Yarmouk University in the field of supporting women and enabling them to gain access to academic and administrative leadership positions at the university itself.

Noteworthy that this meeting was attended by Prof. Anis Khasawneh, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, the Director of Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women, Dr. Amna Khasawneh, and a number of university officials and officials from the National Committee for Women Affairs.

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Accompanied by the Director of the Archeology Department, Dr. Yazid Alyan, the Director of the German Institute of Antiquities in Amman, Dr. Katrina Schmidt, and a crowd of Yarmouk staff and students, the President of Yarmouk University, Prof. Zeidan Kafafi, opened the exhibition “Tal-Zarah: A Mirror from the History of Ancient Jordan”. The opening was organized by the Faculty of Archeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk University in cooperation with the Department of Archeology and the German Institute Antiquities. The exhibition included a collection of artifacts discovered at the site of "Tal-Zarah" in Wadi Al-Arab region.

After opening the exhibition, Kafafi said that Yarmouk University has always been keen to building bridges of cooperation with local and international institutions of heritage and antiquities, as such a strategy helps in preserving the Jordanian heritage. He explained that the scientific projects and academic studies are usually carried out at Yarmouk’s Faculty of Archeology and Anthropology in order to create a generation of Jordanian researchers and professors who are able to explore and preserve Jordan’s heritage of ancient civilizations. He added that this exhibition is one of the important exhibitions organized by Yarmouk University, as it displays a number of important artifacts that have been discovered in Tal-Zarah region, which tell us stories about the daily life of the inhabitants, their ancient religious beliefs, and their handicrafts.

In return, Alyan praised the efforts of Yarmouk University represented by the Faculty of Archeology and Anthropology in revealing and preserving the civilizational history of Jordan.He stressed the keenness of the Department of Archeology to document joint cooperation with the university in fieldwork and scientific publications. Alyan also pointed out that future cooperation will include reviewing and reassessing the existing artifacts at Yarmouk University by the Department of Antiquities, something that should help in displaying new magnificent pieces at the Jordanian Heritage Museum at the university.

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For her part, Schmidt, the Director of the German Institute of Archeology in Amman, gave a detailed presentation about the artifacts on display and the importance of Tal-Zarah site in understanding the history of civilizations in Jordan. She also shed light on the Institute's keenness to strengthen cooperation links with Yarmouk University, which embraces distinctive scientific competencies in the fields of preserved antiquities and preserving Jordan's ancient civilization.

Dr. Hani Hayajneh, explained that this exhibition is one of Yarmouk’s activities that aim at consolidating the existing cooperation between the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmouk and other institutions across the globe in the field of heritage and antiquities. He also said that the university is working on preparing a systematic plan for cooperation with the Department of Archeology in the fields of archaeological excavation and joint research, which will contribute to revealing the historical image of Jordan in its cultural context. In addition, he stated that the exhibition will be available to visitors, including school students, until June 2020.

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