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The %00 Byte team from the Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Science at Yarmouk University, consisting of the students, Abdullah Al-Rashdan, Firas Al-Sarkas, Mansour Al-Hamoud and Saif Abu Ashour, won the first place in the Jordanian National Information Security Competition JORDAN INFOSEC 2019, which was organized at the Zain Innovation Platform at Yarmouk University (ZINC YU) By Technnaoui Company.

The Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Science, Dr. Ahmed Kulaib, praised the distinguished level of the event, which witnessed an intense competition between the participating teams. He explained that the competition aims at expanding the awareness of Jordanian universities’ students and guiding them to the right path in the field of information security. Then he pointed out that the competition included several axes like penetration testing of web applications, examination of networks and service systems, decryption, programming, analysis of communications across networks, and analysis of Android programs.

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The Dean of Students Affairs at Yarmouk University attended a ceremony honoring female workers at the university, which was organized by Yarmouk's Arab and Foreign Students Club. The Dean explained that the university appreciates the great services of its women workers who work hard to preserve the university’s facilities and environment. She stressed that the university gives workers a lot of attention and supports their access to decent honorary positions. Also, she commended the great efforts made by the Arab and Foreign Students Club in order to deepen the affiliation of international students to Yarmouk University and participate in achieving its noble social and humanitarian goals.

The Vice President of the club, Abdullah Buraiyah, said that international students always seek to participate in the university's various activities and celebrations. He then expressed international students' thankfulness for all the employees of the university for their great efforts in serving and helping students. Moreover, he stressed that the club's honoring of a group of women workers at the university is a way to appreciating women's role in bearing the burden of responsibility at all levels. After that, students from Algeria, China, and Indonesia delivered several speeches through which they thanked the honored workers and all university employees for the great efforts they made to improve students' experience in Yarmouk. Then they stressed that their stay in Jordan and their education at Yarmouk University make the most beautiful memories they have had and that will remain forever.

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For Yarmouk employees' part, a female worker gave a speech through which she thanked the university family and the Arab and Foreign Students Club for their support of women workers by honoring them. However, the ceremony was attended by the Director of Students Welfare Department, Marwan Tayfour, the Director of the Department of Cultural and Artistic Activity, Khalil Al-Kofahi, the Head of the Department of Students Welfare, Ayham Abu Al-Shaar, a number of officials in the Deanship, and a group of international students.

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As part of the activities of the Department of Drama at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Yarmouk University, a movie entitled (Zaida) authored and directed by Dr. Bilal Al-Theiabat was screened. The movie deals with the social issues related to customs and wrong social behaviors. However, after the end of the screening, there was a discussion among the attendees about the theme of the movie. Similarly, several films that deal with the topic of human rights were also presented from the Karama Festival for Human Rights Films. After the screening, the participants discussed the construction of the films and their themes.

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Representing the President of Yarmouk University, the Vice President, Prof. Fawwaz Al-Abd Al-Haq patronized the launching ceremony of the second phase of 2019/2020 program, "Empowering Women for Leadership Roles". The program is implemented by Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women Studies, in cooperation with the Union of Federations Forum and the support of the Canadian government. Coinciding with the Center's celebrations of the 16-day international campaign on violence against women, the ceremony included an interactive theatrical show entitled "Starting from Below Zero" that was performed by several students namely, Saeed Al-Mughrabi, Raghad Barakat, Faris Al-Khawaldeh, Laila Daradkeh, and Yara. The show addressed scenes and scenarios of how the society, represented by the family, deals with women. It highlighted all the stereotypes and societal concepts about the mechanism of dealing with women and called out to enable women to participate fairly in decision-making, regardless of their different political, religious, or social orientations.

The director of Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women Studies, Dr. Amna Khasawneh, explained that the center has started implementing the program last year by empowering 40 women from the university’s administrative staff and that its second stage incorporates empowering another 40 women from the administrative and academic staff of Yarmouk University. Al-Khasawneh said that the center seeks to combat violence against women through positive interactive activities that spread awareness among all segments of society and that it is to ensure the importance of women’s role in the society, thus helping them empower themselves at educational, economic, and social levels. Eventually, this will provide women with an opportunity to unleash their creativity and activate their true participation in building Jordan and contributing to its development.

Noteworthy that the activities of the ceremony were attended by the head of the drama department at the university, Dr. Bilal Thiabat, several members of the academic and administrative body at the university, and a crowd of students.

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On behalf of the President of Yarmouk University, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Prof. Anis Khasawneh patronized the activities of the symposium, "Refugees and Human Rights", which was organized by the Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration Studies Center at the university. The symposium was part of the International Day for Human Rights, which was held in cooperation with Al Shamal Association for Sustainable Development and the Nawafeth for Sustainable Development Foundation.

In his speech, Al-Khasawneh stated that His Majesty King Abdullah II was among the pioneers in promoting human rights and public freedoms and protecting them with the utmost care. Thus, His Majesty decreed in 2000 to form a royal commission that aims at promoting human rights situation in Jordan, which results in establishing the National Center for Human Rights in 2002. The purpose was to achieve the royal vision concerning protecting and promoting human rights and public freedoms in Jordan relying on the tolerant message of Islam, the values contained in the Arab and Islamic heritage, the rights stipulated in the constitution, and the principles affirmed by the international covenants. Therefore, Yarmouk University, Al-Khasawneh added, has taken care of the issue of refugees and their freedom. Due to its belief in refugee’s active role in interacting with community issues and changes, the university encourages and supports scientific research related to the topic of asylum, represented by its interest in implementing projects at the local and international levels through its Center for Refugee Studies and Forced Migration.

The director of the Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration Studies Center at the University, Dr. Anas Sobh, declared that the world celebrates the International Day for Human Rights on the tenth of December of each year to raise global awareness of the issue of human rights. Then he added that His Majesty’s speech concerning human rights emphasized the supreme principles and values that protect human dignity and rights. The Center; therefore, is keen to continue its efforts in promoting and protecting human rights, to promote comprehensive and sustainable development approaches to upgrade the services provided to citizens and refugees, to preserve refugees' rights, and to meet their requirements through cooperation with local community organizations, institutions, and associations.

Noteworthy that the symposium was attended by professor Jamal Jit, who talked about the legal status of refugees (Syrian refugees as a model), the lawyer Fadi Bawaneh, who spoke about human rights in accordance with international agreements and covenants, the President of Al Shamal Association for Sustainable Development, Heba Al-Khasawneh, the director of Nawafeth Foundation for Sustainable Development, Assem Al-Tawah, a number of faculty members at the university, and a crowd of university students.

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