Several members of the faculty of AUM and two colleagues from the U.S. were cordially invited into President Nabil Ayoub’s office for conversations about an international project in Madaba, which could provide collaborative opportunities for AUM faculty and students. The Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project (MRAMP), directed by an international team with members from the U.S., Italy, and Jordan, is planning to establish a new, state-of-the-art archaeological museum. The site will be the Burnt Palace, the Martyrs Church, and late 19th-century houses, from the beginnings of modern Madaba, just across the street from St. George’s Church.
The project focuses on sustainable cultural heritage preservation of Jordan’s considerable archaeological record (stone ages to modern), with an emphasis on community engagement. It will include the educational communities of the Madaba region and AUM in particular. Dr. Douglas Clark from La Sierra University is a co-director and Dr. Kathleen Kingston from Gannon University has worked with AUM for several years to help develop community engagement projects for students. Discussions will continue on several important next steps:
6-8 pm Wednesday 17 March 2017—official, public launch of the project on site
- 8-26 May—international team working at the site, providing opportunity for visits by AUM students and faculty
- AUM’s participation as an advisory stakeholder
- Possible connections with several AUM departments including student affairs, engineering, architecture and design, art, computer science, languages.
A second meeting was held on 21 March 2017. Several members of the faculty of AUM and two colleagues from the U.S. were cordially invited into President Nabil Ayoub’s office for conversations about the long-standing partnership with Gannon University US. The discussion focused on how the two universities can build upon several key initiatives.
- The current student and faculty exchange agreement
- Expansion of the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative
- The continued support for and development of robotics at AUM
- Exploration of short-term study abroad courses for AUM and Gannon students and faculty.