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A team from Yarmouk University participated in the debate activity, which is one of the most important activities of the program (Erasmus+ Virtual Mobility), along with a team of students from Turkey, Morocco and Bulgaria; the debate took place through technological platforms via the Internet. It is the first of its kind in Yarmouk University.

The activity included two debates; the first one tackled the E-learning and its features and it involved students Rodana Rawashdeh, Maria Haddad and Mays Al-Momani as a supervisor. The second one tackled the harms of electronic games to youth and it involved Mona Al-Omari, Ranim Abu Mousa and two supervisors: Rodana Alrwashdah and Maria Haddad.

The Director of the International Relations and Projects Department, Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom trained the students on the skills and the management of the two debates. He stressed out the importance of involving students in such activities to enhance critical thinking skills, internet usage, use of means of social networking, and practicing foreign languages. He added that the (Erasmus+ Virtual Mobility) was developed this year and it aims at expanding the size and type of academic exchange programs through virtual exchange by adopting electronic platforms as new means for youth in Europe and the South Mediterranean countries to interact and learn about each other’s cultures and promote concepts of tolerance and acceptance of others.

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President Prof. Zeidan Kafafi met the first secretary head of Cultural and Press Department in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Jaime Sperberg and the representative of the German Academic Exchange Service in Jordan (DAAD) Gabriela Von Ferix. During the meeting, cooperation between the University and different German Higher Education Institutions was discussed.

Kafafi stated that the University has been cooperating with many German universities and institutes in terms of exchanging faculty members and implementing research projects in various fields. Further, he urged the German embassy to enhance such scientific cooperation. The president added that many faculty members benefited from the German scholarships including the DAAD and the Alexander Von Humboldt.

Dr. Sperberg stressed on the Embassy's keenness to establish a strong participatory base between Yarmouk University and various German educational institutions to provide an opportunity to exchange faculty members and students. Moreover, he stressed on the need to enhance the knowledge of students and faculty members regarding the way of benefitting from scholarships provided by various German agencies.

Dr. Hani Hayajneh, Dean of the Faculty of Archeology and Anthropology and Dr. Ayat Nashwan, the Director of the Refugees, Displaced Persons and Forced Migration Studies Center attended the meeting.

During her visit to the University, Dr. Ferix presented a lecture on DAAD and its role in supporting many German and international students and researchers and its role in developing the educational and the academic activities of developing countries; she also explained the conditions of applying for the scholarships.

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Yarmouk University participated in the Eighth National Programming Competition for students of Jordanian universities on 2018 entitled “Jordanian Collegiate Programming Contest” (JCPC) which was organized by the University of Applied Sciences and the Association of Jordanian Programmers under the patronage of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Eng. Muthanna Gharaibeh. Three IT teams from the Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Science and two teams from Hijjawi Faculty for Engineering Technology from YU competed with (134) teams from (21) Jordanian universities. This annual competition aims at developing talents, building software capacity of IT students in Jordan, promoting creativity and enhancing their team work. Yarmouk IT teams under the supervision of Dr. Abdel-Raouf Bsoul won the competition and became among the teams eligible to participate in the Arab Programming Competition (ACPC), which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) on the 9th of November, a competition which will lead to the nomination of teams for the World Cup Programming Championship; it is worth noting that this competition will be held under the supervision of an international arbitration that is independent from the ACM Global Foundation.

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The Vice President of Yarmouk University for the Humanity Faculties Prof.  Anis khassawneh met with the Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia for the QS World University Rankings, Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, to discuss the criteria adopted by the QS for ranking universities. In the meeting, Khassawneh asserted the willingness of Yarmouk University to do what is required to increase the ranking of Yarmouk University at all levels, showing that the University pays a great attention to the scientific research by encouraging its researchers to conduct and publish researches in international journals and to participate in international conferences which contribute to preserve the academic reputation of the University despite the challenges represented in the financial crisis and the increased number of students. Khassawneh called for holding workshops by the QS officials to educate faculty members and university officials on the importance of international criteria regarding the ranking of universities and how to achieve them.

Fernandis highlighted the importance of achieving the international criteria adopted by the QS ranking for Yarmouk University through promoting the university and its academic programs in various social media and publishing research in famous databases such as «Scopus», and through the participation of faculty staff members in international conferences. He also affirmed the willingness of the QS officials to hold future workshops for the faculty members at the university. The meeting was attended by the Director of International Relations and Projects Department Dr. Mwaffaq Otoom, the Head of Training and Development Department at the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Center Dr. Nader Al-Refai, as well as the Director of Public Relations and Media, Mr. Mukhles Ibbeni.

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The Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Yarmouk University received a group of 23 students through Mevlana Cultural Exchange program from different Turkish universities: Sakarya, Atatürk, İnönü, and Dicle on Oct. 7, 2018.

The Dean of the faculty, Prof. Osama AlRababah welcomed the students and pointed to the importance of the program which is implemented by the Republic of Turkey with different universities in the Islamic world and adding that it creates an opportunity for students from different universities to learn about the culture of other countries. AlRababah explained that the faculty provided the students with everything they need to achieve the desired benefits, while pointing out that three students of the faculty left already to Turkey to study this semester in the faculties of Islamic Studies in different Turkish universities through the same program.

The meeting was attended by a number of faculty members.

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