JUST Newsletter February Issue

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JUST Newsletter February Issue

The Faculty of Engineering is the Technological Arm

of Jordan University of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Engineering is the

oldest and the largest college at

JUST. It encompasses around 6000

undergraduate and graduate

students. The Faculty always thrives

to qualify competent engineers for

the local, regional and international

job markets. By adopting a dynamic

strategic plan the college aims at

warranting supreme quality of its programs and upholding

excellence and leadership in engineering education in Jordan

and throughout the region. To that end, three undergraduate

degree programs in the Faculty of Engineering have already

been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission

(EAC) of ABET of the United States of America. These

programs are Chemical, Biomedical, and Industrial Engineering.

The remaining five programs are expected to be filing for

ABET accreditation during the 2014/2015 cycle.

The Faculty of Engineering makes an all-out effort to keep

pace with scientific and technological developments by providing

a scholarly and professional environment that enables

faculty, students and staff to make significant contributions

towards the advancement of knowledge, and maintenance of

best engineering practices. Such efforts culminated in numerous

national, regional and international awards for quality

research and international contribution to science. A good

number of faculty members in our college are also active

editorial board members and referees to many recognized

international journals and conferences. Considerable propor-

tion of our graduates has been

very successful and had risen

to distinguished positions in

both industrial and academic

domains.

The Faculty of Engineering is

committed to providing state-ofthe-art

services to fulfill the

consulting and technical needs

of the country. One of the

initiatives taken by the faculty

to meet these considerations

was in the establishment of the

Department of Nuclear

Engineering in 2007. The

academic program offering under

this department had received the financial support of

the top leadership in the country, which was directed

towards the procurement of the much needed equipment

and laboratories that would support teaching and research

needs in this rather important discipline. At the government

directive embodied in the initiative of Jordan’s Atomic

Energy Commission the first one-of-a-kind training and

research reactor in the region is being erected on the

campus of JUST slated to become operational around the

year 2017.

For further information on the program offerings within the

college of engineering at JUST, please visit the website:

engineering.just.edu.jo

Professor Yahia A. Qawasmi

Dean of Engineering


University News

JUST President Conducts a Seminar at the University of

Tsukuba

Professor Abdallah Malkawi,

President of JUST, addressed

a seminar that took place at the

university of Tsukuba in Japan,

on February 14th, 2014. In a

seminar entitled “Exploring the

Technological Seeds toward

Establishing of Center of

Innovation in Middle East and

North Africa Region”, Professor Malkawi highlighted various

opportunities and challenges related to technology transfer

and innovation in Jordan, as well as in the Arab Region in his

speech titled “ JUST’s Excellence in Technology Transfer and

Innovation”. Furthermore, Professor Malkawi addressed

JUST’s ongoing efforts on the road towards innovation, by

establishing a specialized center of excellence for innovative

projects that houses technological incubators and fosters the

notion of start-up and spinoff companies.

The seminar was attended by several university presidents

from the MENA region, as well as by university of Tuskuba

president and Faculty members.

Biorisk Management (BRM) Training Course at Princess

Haya Biotechnology Centre

In cooperation with the Department

of Defense of the United

States, and the participation of

a number of health institutions

from Iraq and Jordan, Jordan

University of Science and

Technology organized a

training workshop entitled

Biorisk management at Princess

Haya Biotechnology Center (PHBC).

The director of PHBC, Dr. Laith Nasser Al-Eitan, stated that

this two-week workshop has shed light on many essential

topics related to biorisk management and security systems

such as; laboratory biosafety, the management of biological

hazards in the laboratories, and methods of handling and

shipping of biological samples in line with international standards.

Dr. Al-Eitan further commented that such workshops are part

of the mission and vision of PHBC for the preservation of

public health, the environment, and safety for all citizens.

This vision of the center, according to Dr. Al-Eitan, can only

be achieved through the provision of knowledge, expertise,

preventive practices, optimal use of resources and technologies,

and effective partnership with the relevant authorities.

PHBC looks forward to playing a regional role in both public

and professional awareness in the fields of biosafety and

biosecurity management and to promote the adoption of

organizational programs designed to maintain public health

and safety in the Middle East and the rest of the world.

Palermo University (ARCA) & JUST Discuss Mutual

Cooperation

The president of Jordan University

of Science and Technology,

Prof. Abdallah Malkawi,

met a delegation from the

University of Palermo (Italy).

The visiting delegation

included Director of Business

Incubator (ARCA) of the University

of Palermo. The two sides

discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between

JUST and the University of Palermo particularly in the fields

of engineering and technology. The visit comes about as part

of the joint project of “Net Kate " that links JUST to ARCA

Italian, and a number of academic institutions and universities

from Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Cyprus, and France. The

project is being Funded by the European Union as part of

projects within cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean

region. The project was established in order to encourage

young researchers on creativity and innovation, which

entails providing opportunities towards the establishment of

start-up companies and industrial firms that spinoff therefrom.

Palestinian Berzeit University Signs MoU with JUST

Jordan University of Science

and Technology signed a

cooperation agreement with the

renowned University of Bir Zeit

(Palestinian). The agreement

was signed by the Dean of

Nursing, Prof. Arwa Owais,

representing JUST beneficiary

party and Prof. Khalil Hindi, the

President of Birzeit University. The agreement entails development

of relations between the two universities in the fields of

training and community service and the sharing of scientific

research, particularly in the field of nursing. It also entails joint

development of academic programs related to quality assurance

and exchange of faculty members, researchers and

curricular offerings. This agreement comes about to complement

an earlier agreement signed originally by Birzeit University

and Jordan University of Science and Technology in July

2013. Professor Owais had led an earlier visit to Birzeit University

for the purpose of couching up an agreement that would

cover a period of five years, where she first met with Birzeit’s

president, Prof. Khalil Hindi.


University News

JUST Signs an Agreement with Jordan Paramedic

Society

Jordan University of Science

and Technology signed a

cooperation agreement

between the Consultative

Center for Science and

Technology at JUST and the

Jordanian Paramedic Society.

The agreement was signed by

Director of the Consultative C-

enter for Science and Technology, Prof. Mustafa Bani Domi,

and Dr. Yanal Ajlouni, representing the Jordanian Paramedic

Society, in the presence of Vice- President of the University,

Prof. Ahmed Batiha. The agreement entails exchange

programs for training and participation in joint studies,

courses and various training offerings. It also spans consultancy

and certified sandwich courses offered by the university.

Prof. Bani Domi said that this agreement comes about as a

keen gesture by JUST for the sake of activating cooperation

and coordination with all sectors involved in the fields of

education and training around the community. This, Bani

Domi added, comes about to reflect the key role the university

plays in keeping up with scientific and technological

developments across the world. He also pointed out that the

Jordanian Paramedic Society is among the leading institutions

in the field of training which aims to feed the community

and Arab countries with qualified trainees.

This agreement is part of a framework of cooperation that the

university leads with the various institutions involved around

the country. Under the agreement, training and counseling

services as offered to the beneficiaries.

Mutual Cooperation between JUST and RMS, Bahrain

Professor Abdallah Malkawi,

President of the University, met

a delegation from the

Bahraini’s Medical Services

and Irish Royal Medical

Surgeons Society (RMS,

Bahrain branch). The delegation

entailed the Director of the

Bahraini Royal Medical Services,

Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, and Dr. Sameer Otoum,

Director of the Irish Royal Medical Surgeons / Bahrain, and

Dr. Naif Laurie, Director of Graduate Training.

During the meeting, the two parties discussed ways to

develop relations between the two sides, especially in the de-

velopment of graduate programs, curricula, exchange of

students and faculty members, and the training of physicians.

Dr. Malkawi reviewed before the delegates the progress of

the university and the various developments that took place

since its establishment, along with its vision, mission, and

objectives. He also explained university’s achievements at

various levels, especially the expansion of its colleges and

scientific and research centers. Dr. Malkawi also pointed to

the increasing numbers of students from Arab and Islamic

countries at JUST and the network of relationships between

the university and academic institutions and organizations

from different countries. Sheikh Al-Khalifa expressed his

admiration for the advanced level enjoyed by JUST,

especially in the medical fields and scientific research, stressing

that the visit was to promote all prospects of cooperation

between JUST and medical academic institutions in the

Kingdom of Bahrain. The General Manager of King Abdallah

University Hospital, Dr. Hussein Al-Hais, gave a briefing on

the hospital and its role in serving the undergraduate and

graduate students of medical colleges, reviewing the most

important community programs provided by the hospital,

especially in the field of training and qualification of physicians.

Seminar on: "Relevant University to Community:

"Research, Development, and Innovation

This seminar was conducted at

the campus and aiming to offer

an interactive platform with

JUST students and faculty

members in staging an

initiative of change towards

linking the outcomes of scientific

research at academic

institutions towards fulfilling national

development needs of the country and the imminent

needs of the community.

The role of scientific research and innovative works has been

proven critical to sustainable economic development,

inclusive growth, and job creation. Hence, facing challenges

in the Arab world requires effective deployment of all

available resources to harness better return to society at

large.


University News

Training program on Hybrid Cars Maintenance

The training program "Maintenance

of Hybrid Cars" was

launched at the campus of

JUST. This activity was organized

by the Consultative Center

at the university in collaboration

with the Operating, Training,

and Vocational and Technical

Education Fund (OTVTEF).

The program lasts for four months with the participation of

twenty trainees of the unemployed.

The director of the Consultative Center, Prof. Mustafa Bani

Domi, said that this program is the first one within an ongoing

cooperation between the university and OTVTEF aiming to

train personnel in the field of maintenance for hybrid cars.

This, in turn, would qualify trainees to work in the local market

keeping in mind the imminent needs of the Jordanian job

market in such fields of expertise.

JUST Celebrates the Arbor Day

On behalf of the President of

the university, the Dean of the

Faculty of Agriculture, Prof.

Munir Al-Turk, commemorated

University’s Arbor Day celebrations.

The celebration was

marked by cultivating an area

of 35,000 square meter of the

university land. Such area has

been reclaimed in terms of soil creation, planning, automatic

drilling of injustice and preparation of the water lines and

irrigation systems. These are preparatory steps towards the

cultivation of a total of (530) instilled variety of Nebali

improved olive trees.

JUST Graduate (2008) in Japan

Amani Abu Qdais is one of

JUST graduates in Computer

Engineering (Class 2008)

shared her inputs on how

JUST prepared her to study

further at the graduate level

and how to qualify her for the

job market.

This was what Amani had to

say: “as a JUST Computer Engineering graduate (Class of

2008), the study curriculum provided me with a solid

background on both Hardware and Software design skills, in

addition to Computer Networking knowledge. There was a

good focus as well on practical skills where theoretical knowledge

was used in practice in many experiments during the

different lab sessions for many courses. The university's

well-equipped laboratories helped a lot in grasping the main

concepts of Computer Engineering which has built an essential

foundation that supported my later Master’s degree

program research work in the field of Wireless Networks at

the University of Tokyo.”

Abu Qdais added “many professional training certification

programs in different fields were offered at JUST helping us

students to receive training that makes us ready to get

involved in the work environment once employed. This is in

addition to the internship program which is one of the graduation

requirements, where students have to go through practical

training based on their study field in a company that might

later offer them employment when they graduate. All these

have helped me to become a competent graduate supporting

my advancement to the Master degree research and later to

work in the IT field in Japan.”


Students News

Al-Hasan "Award for Youth" Commencement at JUST

On the occasion of the celebrations

of the Kingdom to

commemorate the birthday of

His Majesty King Abdullah II

Bin Al Hussein, the Secretary

General of the Supreme Council

for Youth, Dr. Atef

Al-Rweidan, sponsored the

graduation ceremony camp, n-

amed Al-Hassan Youth Award. The ceremony was held in

collaboration with Jordan University of Science and Technology.

It was held in conjunction with participants from various

youth centers affiliated to the Supreme Council for the Youth

from the central and northern parts of the country. The

program lasted for five days with more than 100 volunteers

taking part in the activity encompassing youths of both sexes.

As part of their festivities, the participants offered voluntary

services to the community of people at JUST.

Students and Parliamentary Blocs Engage in the Representation

of National Lists at the Parliament

Members of Parliament representing

four parliamentary

blocs visited JUST recently.

They conducted a dialog with

students on the current representation

of National Lists in

parliament. In their dialog, they

also deliberated whether the

number of parliamentary seats

was enough to ensure adequate representation. The event

resulted in a list of recommendations presented by the

students to members of Parliament.

In one-of-a-kind initiative to engage Jordanian youth in the

decision-making process in Jordan, the session under the

title "Are 27 seats enough", was the fourth of a series of

sessions under the “Usharek” program conducted at university

campuses aimed at connecting students with their

elected representatives to discuss issues of national

concern.

Members of Parliament, namely Deefallah Al-Khaldi

(representing the Homeland Bloc), Mutaz Abu Rumman

(representing the National Consensus bloc), Mustafa Amawi

and Fatima Abu Abta (representatives of the Islamic Centrist

bloc), and Najah Al Azzeh (from the National Union bloc),

presented their blocs' plans to include youth in the decision

making processes, as well as their stances on the importance

of youth inclusion. Usharek students presented the recommendations

they put together earlier in “Ana Usharek” youth

forums on youth political participation held earlier this year.

Graduation Projects Receive Awards

The Architecture Business

Council, a local organization,

organized a competition titled “I

Sustain Competition”. Two

BSc. graduation projects

received awards from this

competition. The first award w-

as given to the project titled “Green School Model in Jordan”

accomplished by the student Rifqa Hashlamoon under the

supervision of Dr. Hussain Alzoubi. The project focused on d-

eveloping a new

model for green

schools that embodies

the principles of

green architecture

according to Jordanian

climatic conditions.

The importance

of this project

stems from the

great attention paid

by the College of

Architecture and

Design and the

University administration

towards

green architecture

and other energysaving

prospects in

building designs.

The second prize

was awarded to a p-

roject titled “Mixed Use Development at Jabal Al Qala’a”

accomplished by student Thaer Dwood Alzoubi under the

supervision of Dr. Hussain Alzoubi. This is about a cultural

heritage project aiming to create a central node in downtown

Amman, to bring together local community with international

visitors (tourists) toenhance capabilities with of indigenous

population from a production standpoint. The project was

designed with a perspective of harnessing renewable energy

and the use of passive systems which are well known at

minimizing the use of active energy-consuming systems.

The two projects were part of the graduation project offering

within the Faculty of Architecture and Design at JUST.


Faculty Achievements

Non-communicable diseases in the Arab world: A

Lancet publication from JUST

A research article entitled “Noncommunicable

diseases in the Arab

world“recently showed up in the

Lancet by Prof. Yusuf Al-Gaud, a

faculty member in the Faculty of

Medicine. The Lancet has an impact

factor of 40.0. The journal is currently

ranked second in the domain of medical

sciences.

According to the results of the Global Burden of Disease

Study 2010, the burden of non-communicable diseases

(cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and

diabetes) in the Arab world has increased, with variations

between countries of different income levels. Behavioral risk

factors, including tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and physical

inactivity are prevalent, and obesity in adults and children has

reached an alarming level. Despite epidemiological evidence,

the policy response to non-communicable diseases has been

weak. So far, Arab governments have not placed a

sufficiently high priority on addressing the high prevalence of

non-communicable diseases, with variations in policies

between countries and overall weak implementation.

Recognition of a Scientific Paper authored by Prof. Laila

Nimri

Professor Laila Nimri, A faculty

member in the Department of Allied

Medical Sciences, published a paper

in 2013 entitled “Escherichia albertii,

a newly emerging enteric pathogen

with poorly defined properties”. The

paper gained recognition and has

been recommended on Pubadvanced

which is like Pubmed but with advanced useful features by

an associate research scientist from AMGEN. AMGEN is an

international company similar to Roche providing novel therapies

for patients with serious illnesses.

Selection of a Jordanian Research Group as an International

Reference to Test for Aspirin Resistance

Acta Cardiologica, is Belgian magazine, recently published

research work on the factors affecting the resistance of

aspirin among patients for a group of researcher from JUST,

namely Dr. Sayer Azzam, Dr. Karem Al-Zoubi and Dr Omar

Khabur and Denise Tawalbeh and from University of Jordan

Dr. Abdallah al-Abadi. Roche global research adopted

outcomes of this research work as a reference to check the

global resistance to aspirin among patients.

Academic Promotions:

To Full Professor:

Prof. Zeyad El-Akawi Jraisat

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Physiology and Biochemistry

To Associate Professor:

Dr. Ferdous H. Omari

Faculty of Nursing

Department of Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Aladdin A. AL-Qudah

Faculty of Dentistry

Department of Conservative Dentistry

Dr. Feras H. Darwish

Faculty of Engineering

Department Aeronautical Engineering

Dr. Daher K. Rabadi

Faculty of Medicine

Department of Anesthesia

Dr. Sofyan S. Maghaydah

Faculty of Agriculture

Department of Nutrition and Food Technology

Dr. Wafa Batayneh

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering


February Activities

French Universities Delegates Visits

JUST

Snowing at JUST

Kano State Government of Nigeria

Visits JUST

Starting of 2 nd Semester

Prof. Dato' Dr. MAZLIHAM MOHD

SU'UD President of University

Kuala Lumpur visits JUST

Libyan Universities Delegates

Visits JUST

EDITORS

Hani Abu Qudais, Ph. D.

Assistant to the President

Sameer Al-Asheh, Ph. D.

Director of Academic Development

& Quality Assurance Center

Moh’d Khasawneh, Ph. D.

Faculty of Engineering

Amer Al-Magableh, Ph. D.

Director of Comp. & Information Center

Reem Taifour

Director, Presidency Unit

Muhannad Malkawi

Director, PR. & Media Unit

Contact

e-mail : newsletter@just.edu.jo

Fax : +962 2 7201072

Tel. : +962 2 7201000 Ext. 22706

www.just.edu.jo

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