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The President of Yarmouk University, Dr. Nabil Hailat, decided to suspend all forms of in-campus teaching, for all university students in all practical and applied courses as of Wednesday morning, 9th of this month, until the first of April.

He added that this decision comes from YU's commitment to the decision of the Higher Education Council and the defense orders, to stop work in all forms of education on-campus for all institutions of higher education in all the practical and applied courses.

Hailat stressed that the students should not review the university during the current period, calling on them to communicate with their teachers with the various means of communication available to continue their educational journey remotely and work hard in their courses. He also called the university students to communicate directly through the official website of the university via "complaints and suggestions" to send any complaint, observation or suggestion concerning the educational process, pointing out the presence of a special administrative staff to follow them on a daily basis.

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During his meeting with the delegation of the Special Committee of the Selection of Universities, which will implement the USAID program for the preparation and rehabilitation of pre-service teachers in Jordan, the President of Yarmouk University discussed the possibility of the university's participation in such a program to enhance its progress and achieve its academic and social goals. Hailat stressed that Yarmouk University is keen to expand various academic exchange programs with various universities and institutions internally and externally to improve the quality of higher education, strengthen the university's capacity, achieve mutual interest, and support its students and their progress.

Lana Moumani, the Director of the University Partnerships in the program, introduced the program, confirming that the USAID worked in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, the Accreditation Authority for Higher Education Institutions, and the Queen Rania Teacher Training Academy. Tamara Tuqan of the USAID's pre-service teacher training and qualification program in Jordan also presented the university's evaluation matrix that has adopted several criteria, including compliance and motivation, the university's vision, achievements, partnerships, cooperation with schools, the qualifications of educational and administrative staff, the readiness of infrastructure and equipment, the rate of enrollment required, and the supply and demand model. She explained that the objectives and outcomes of the program are to provide the education sector with increasing and sustainable numbers of teachers through better policies and practices.

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During his meeting with the first secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Jordan, Mr. Nakameshi Kinsuke, the President of Yarmouk University, Prof. Nabil Hailat, stressed that serving the local community considering the diversity of its nationalities, is considered one of the most important objectives of Yarmouk University and its progress, as evident in the series of scientific research programs and activities carried out by the various faculties and departments of the university along with the community institutions. Hailat added that Yarmouk University focuses on the issue of refugees and displaced persons, especially in terms of study and scientific research, a mission carried out by its center of refugees called “refugees and displaced persons and Forced Migration studies center". Also, he declared that the university is looking forward to further cooperation with the Japanese Embassy in Amman to serve refugee issues and find programs that provide them with the necessary support.

After that, the university president and his guests visited the Refugees, Displaced Persons and Forced Migration Studies Center, where they listened to an explanation of the center's efforts, work, role, and activities concerning refugees, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. Al-Sobeh introduced the most prominent needs of refugees at the level of education, health, and economics. He also outlined the plans of the center and its efforts to provide educational grants to the children of refugees at the university in cooperation with various international institutions. Also, Al-Sobeh pointed out that the cooperation with the Japan Agency for International Cooperation-JICA during the past period has been limited to providing educational grants to refugee students and that the university is looking forward to further cooperation in other fields.

For his part, Kinsuke expressed his admiration of Yarmouk University and its academic history, stressing the importance of gathering information about refugees residing in Jordan so that the Japanese Embassy gets the necessary data to decide its refugee-oriented programs and grants in cooperation with Yarmouk University, the Japanese government, and the Jordanian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

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In collaboration with the Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies at the University, the Deanship of Students Affairs at Yarmouk University organized a meeting via "Zoom" with international students studying at the faculty for monitoring their situation and identifying the challenges and difficulties facing them. The Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Osama al-Rababa, confirmed the faculty's constant keenness to communicate with its students and check on their academic and living conditions to overcome the difficulties and challenges facing them. He stated that the faculty has spared no effort in providing all possible services to the students of the faculty, confirming that the communication between international students and the faculty administration is always available through fixed and mobile phones, in addition to the official website of the faculty which announces all the information needed by students.

The Vice Dean of Students Affairs at the University, Dr. Hadi Tawalbah, said that following-up with the affairs of international students at the university is a priority for the Deanship of students affairs. He explained that the deanship follows the transactions of students and their residence affairs with relevant authorities and that it allows them to participate in the various extracurricular activities organized by the deanship. He also confirmed the readiness of the Deanship of students affairs to organize empowerment courses for international students in language and technical skills. In the same vein, the Vice Dean of Students Affairs at the University, Dr. Mohammed Ashraf Otoom, confirmed the deanship's interest in international students and its attempt to provide them with whatever they need to continue their university life easily.

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In collaboration with the Faculty of Mass Communication of Yarmouk University, Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women's Studies launched the first phase of the training program "Gender-Sensitive Electronic Media Reports", as part of Women's Empowerment project for leadership roles, which is funded by the Canadian government and implemented by the center in cooperation with the Forum of Federations.

In the presence of the Center's Director, Dr. Amneh Al Khasawneh, and the Director of the Federal Federation forum Office in Jordan, Professor Tala Khreis, and the program coordinator, Hanin Marian, the training session, which was carried out at the Multi Media Laboratory of Yarmouk University's Faculty of Mass Communication, was inaugurated by the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Khalaf Al-Tahat,

Al-Tahat stressed that the Faculty of Mass Communication always seeks to support its students and develop their abilities in the various educational and training aspects and development programs to enhance their abilities to meet the requirements of the modern media sector. Al-Khasawneh provided an introductory explanation of the training program, pointing out that it targets 15 female students and graduates of the Faculty of mass communication. She noted that the training is divided into two phases: the first phase is for 3 days, and the second lasts for two training days. Also, she explained that the training includes preparing video media reports that achieve the objectives of the project. She added that the women's empowerment program aims at preparing women media professionals who can address women's issues in media and raise the awareness of women's rights in the community and their equity in various situations.

Noteworthy is that the training is carried out by a number of experts from inside and outside the university, where the first training day was run by Shorouk Shatnawi on the concept of gender and integration while both the second and third training days were run by Qusai Al-Rashdan and Suleiman Awawda on photography, editing, and media reporting skills.

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