Amman. Thursday 23rd March
The American University of Madaba, along with other eight Jordanian universities, signed memorandums of understanding with the King Abdullah II's Fund for the Development of Career Guidance Offices and the follow-up of graduates. The memorandum was signed by Dr Nabil Ayoub, AUM President and Mr. Saeb Al Hasan, Director of the Fund.
These memorandums are part of the third phase of the Fund's plan to develop the work of 26 offices in the Jordanian public and private universities. These were established in 2003 in cooperation between the Fund and the Ministry of Higher Education.
The aim of these offices is to ensure the successful passage of students into the labor market by providing advice and by understanding the needs and aspirations of students, clarifying the options available to them through a variety of means, and engaging them in programs and activities that provide them with the necessary skills to increase their employability and volunteerism.
Eng. Imad Fakhoury, Chairman of the Fund's Board of Trustees, said that "the signing of memorandums of understanding is a continuation of the Fund's approach to implementing King Abdullah II's directives to empower young people to be active and productive citizens by investing in their energies, motivating creativity and developing their talents and encouraging them to lead and innovate, as well as to empower them to the labor market and devote their social responsibility."
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Adel Al-Twaisi, stressed the importance of universities focusing on the life skills of the students, noting "the Jordanian universities have already started to focus on this subject since ten years." He pointed out the importance of career guidance as one of these skills. Nowadays one of the most important signs to measure university success lies in the number of students who have obtained job.
The head of the Higher Education Accreditation Committee, Dr. Bashir Al-Zo'bi, said that "although many achievements have been made during the development and reform of the higher education process, but still the gap between the outputs of higher education and the needs of the labor market remains a major challenge in a way that does not serve the knowledge economy and the requirements of comprehensive development."
He pointed out that the objectives of career guidance offices are consistent with the national strategy to raise awareness about the best areas related to study and employment, by changing the negative perceptions that prevail toward some specialties. This is done through career guidance and awareness campaigns which aim to give importance to the professional and technical choices and jobs in the private sector, and which highlight the important role of youth in the development process.