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His Highness Prince Mired bin Raad, President of the Supreme Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, expressed his happiness to cooperate with Yarmouk University, emphasizing that it is one of the most reputable national academic institutions that have always been contributing to serving the sector of higher education in the Kingdom and the prosperity of the Jordanian society.

During his visit to Yarmouk University and meeting with the university president, Prof. Islam Massad,, His Highness explained that the Council seeks to increase the support for students with disabilities studying in the various faculties of the university, and provide them with required infrastructure to continue their higher education and obtain various scientific certificates. He also expressed the Council's readiness to develop a joint plan with the university regarding the rehabilitation of various facilities to serve students with disabilities.

For his part, Massad confirmed that Yarmouk University pays special attention to its students with disabilities, pointing out that there are 257 students with disabilities in the various faculties and programs of the University. He then explained that the university established a special division in the Deanship of Student Affairs in 2010 for serving this category of students. Moreover, Massad stressed that the university is keen to help students with disabilities during the admission and registration procedures as well as study by providing them with technical and logistical services that would secure their safety and facilitate their movement within the university campus as well as working to overcome the psychological, moral, social and economic problems that may hinder their academic career.

However, this meeting was attended by a number of officials from the university and the Supreme Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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The Vice President of Yarmouk University for Administrative Affairs, Prof. Riyad al-Momani, sponsored the graduation ceremony of the participants in the fourth and final cycle of the psychosocial support project implemented by the university through the  Refugees, Displaced Persons and Forced Migration Studies Centre in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ, for 15 male and female Jordanian and Syrian trainees.

During his speech at the graduation ceremony, which was attended by the Director of Projects at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Dr. Christine Muller, Momani said that Yarmouk University supported by the Psychosocial Support and Trauma Project of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Jordan holds this session for the fourth time since 2018 and that it always targeted groups of graduate students of Jordanian and Syrian nationalities concerning the psychological and social support for society in the context of forced migration.

He added that the course aimed at enhancing the psychological and social competencies of university graduates from various majors, thus preparing them to provide psychosocial support services for refugees, migrants and Jordanian citizens by integrating theoretical inputs and practical exercises as well as the knowledge they gained during the training course that incorporates a two-week field activity in an organization known for its commitment to implementing psychosocial support services in Irbid.

The director of the Refugees, displaced persons and forced migration studies center,  Dr. Anas Subh, explained that the project reflects the university's involvement in any activities concerning improving people's life conditions and that the center -within the framework of the psychological and social support and trauma in Jordan of the (GIZ)- is implementing the university's vision.  

At the end of the ceremony, al-Momani handed over certificates to the graduates.

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Yarmouk University has received support from the United Nations for a global scientific project presented by the Department of Biological Sciences entitled “Improving Research and Diagnostic Capabilities for Anthrax”. The head of the project, Prof. Nabil Hailat, the former university president and a faculty member in the department of life sciences at the university said that this project was submitted to a global competition and won first place among 36 projects. He explained that the goal of the project is to raise research and diagnostic capabilities for anthrax, which is considered one of the mostdangerous and deadlydiseases against animals and humans, as thegerm of such a disease is used as a lethal weapon in biological warfare, which calls for the process of vaccinating members of the armies threatened by such weapons. Also, He mentioned that the project will be implemented in cooperation with the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Algeria and Jordan.

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The President of Yarmouk University, Prof. Islam Massad, patronized launching a comprehensive vaccination campaign against the Corona virus for university students and employees, including academics, administrators, technicians, and their families. The campaign was organized with the cooperation of the faculties of pharmacy and medicine, the university’s health center, and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, and it took place in Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II building (Classroom Complex) at the University.

During his tour in the vaccination center, Massad stressed the importance of encouraging all university employees and their families to receive the vaccine against the Corona virus, as the process aims at immunizing the university staff, their families, and the surrounding community against the virus and its variants. Massad also called on those in charge of the campaign to follow the correct methods for storing the vaccine and giving it to people. Moreover, he emphasized that it is needed to provide the campaign with oxygen cylinders, an ambulance, and a qualified nursing staff to deal quickly with any emergency cases. In addition, he praised the efforts of those in charge of the campaign, including the health center cadres, the faculty members of the faculties of medicine and pharmacy at the university and their students, and a number of workers in the various faculties of the university who supervised the data entry processes for the campaign participants.

Noteworthy that during the inauguration of the campaign, Massad gave the first dose of the vaccine to one of the university's employees in the presence of Vice Presidents Prof. Mowaffaq al-Omoush, Prof. Riyad al-Momani, Dean of theFaculty of Pharmacy, Dr. Mervat al-Sous, Director of the Health Center at the University, Dr. Yasser Al-Fraihat, Major Muhammad Nour Al-Widyan from the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, and a number of university officials.

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Part of its preparation for the first semester of the upcoming academic year 2021/2022,Yarmouk University supported by the United States Agency for International Development USAID launches a professional diploma for preparing and qualifying teachers in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. This national diploma aims at training and qualifying graduates of majors like science, mathematics, Arabic and English to work as schoolteachers, considering that the diploma focuses on promoting interactive education and testing creative concepts of learning and teaching by fusing practical exercises in the classroom with theoretical framework.

The President of the University, Prof. Islam Massad, said that launching this diploma comes in consolidation with Yarmouk's vision of serving the Jordanian community and educational system by qualifying competencies capable of excellence and creativity in the educational field. He added that this diploma will support the process of learning and education in the Kingdom by increasing the number of qualified teachers, stressing its importance in developing the skills of teachers and promoting an innovative educational model at various levels.

For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Nawaf Shatnawi, said that this national diploma incorporates twenty-four credit hours offered during two semesters, where half of the plan is dedicated to field training and school experiences implemented in public and private schools. Pointing out that the diploma cadre underwent a series of training workshops to increase their knowledge and skills and build on their experiences in such a field,  Shatnawi stated that the professional diploma includes a number of teaching skills and competencies, such as classroom interaction and its skills, learning environment design, classroom planning skills, and skills for evaluating students' performance. It also incorporates several axes, such as personal communication skills with others and methods of providing a healthy and creative learning environment through digital technology.

Interestingly, a marketing campaign for the diploma was launched on social media platforms, which announces all information about the program and the registration process through the University website.

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