Ammon News, Culture & Society

Hungary offers 400 scholarships to the Kingdom

[11/17/2018 2:26:07 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Bassam Al-Talhouni, and Hungarian ambassador to Jordan, Csaba Czibere, discussed Saturday increasing the number of Hungarian students in Jordanian universities, in exchange for the number of Jordanian students in Hungarian universities, as Hungary offers 400 scholarships to the Kingdom annually. During the meeting, Talhouni lauded efforts of the Hungarian embassy in Amman's staff and the Hungarian government to provide a comfortable and safe study environment for Jordanian students in Hungarian universities. The minister said Hungary is one of the most host countries for Jordanian students within the cultural exchange program between the two countries. In turn, Ambassador Czibere said the scholarship program offered by his government is based on bilateral cooperation agreements involving some 65 partner countries, noting that Jordan is the largest beneficiary through 400 scholarships per year. The Hungarian ambassador added that the scholarships cover all academic levels in the bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, indicating that the program covers tuition fees, monthly allocations for living expenses, accommodation and health insurance. Czibere commended Jordanian higher education institutions' level, especially in the field of teaching and scientific research. The number of Jordanian students in Hungarian universities through Hungarian scholarships amounts to about 741 students.

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UAE aid to flood victims in Jordan

[11/12/2018 2:34:57 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Two planes loaded with aid donated by the United Arab Emirates for victims of bad weather and flash floods that affected Jordan recently landed in Amman Monday morning. HRH Prince Ali bin Hussein, who was on hand to welcome the aircraft, thanked the UAE for its continued support of the Kingdom in the face of challenges. He also thanked Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein for the assistance, which was dispatched upon their directives, and for their concern through contacting the National Center for Security and Crisis Management since the severe weather struck.

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TVET took part in the “Training Needs Assessment schemes” workshop

[11/10/2018 12:46:33 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Almost 25 professionals of the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector, took part in the “Training Needs Assessment schemes” workshop, organised within the framework of the EU-funded “Skills for Employment and Social Inclusion Programme” SESIP, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), on Tuesday, November 6 2018, at Ayass hotel in Amman. The workshop aims at equipping the TVET specialists with methods and techniques that would enable them to develop “Training Needs Assessment schemes” for TVET teachers, trainers, and supervisors, etc. while considering the Jordanian Standard Classification of Education- JSCED, and the National Qualification Framework, among other. This involves, conducting analysis of training policies, occupational and job analysis, developing curricula, organising resources, implementation, evaluation and validation of training programmes, etc. The diversity of participants’ profiles, reflects the cross-cutting nature of the sector and the importance of strengthening such collaborative practices that are shaping the future of the TVET in the country. “On the short term our aim is to enhance the competences of the TVET professionals based on the identification of their needs and relevant training schemes, on the long term it is about developing their career paths”, said Eng. Abdelbasit Saleh, SESIP Key Expert, Responsible for the Curricula Development and Training of Trainers (ToT) programme, and Workshop Manager. He added “A TVET training system that delivers high quality education and training will produce graduates who are well-prepared for the job market and are valued by their employers, which will enable the system to attract more students based on improved career prospects.” The “Skills for Employment and Social Inclusion Programme” SESIP, is an EU-funded project that provides technical assistance and capacity development to the Employment, Technical and Vocational Education Training (ETVET) Sector, for the implementation of the ETVET Strategy 2014-2020, National Employment Strategy 2011-2020 and Human Resources Development strategy 2016-2025, in partnership with the ministries of: Education, Higher Education & Scientific Research, Social Development and Labour as well as their related institutions and Civil Society Organisations. SESIP focuses on 6 thematic areas: 1) Governance, 2) Curricula Development and Training of Trainers (ToT), Quality Assurance and Accreditation, 4) Social Inclusion for disadvantaged groups in E-TVET services and Labour Market Information Systems, 5) Involvement of Business Associations and Civil Society in the ETVET reform, 6) Communication and Visibility. Approach: SESIP adopts a participative and consultative approach, implementing all project’s activities in collaboration with 4 Inter-ministerial Groups including representatives of all the above-mentioned partners. SESIP is part of a €52 million European Union budget support programme to Jordan.

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Queen Rania meets with women Activists during visit to Ma’an

[11/8/2018 2:38:23 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the governorate of Ma’an on Thursday and met with a group of female activists and community leaders, who have made invaluable contributions to their communities in a wide variety of fields. Queen Rania met with the local women active in the fields of education, art, medicine, and social development at the Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II Cultural Center, where she was received by Ma’an Governor, Ahmad Omoush, and the center’s director, Yousef Shammari. During the meeting, the Queen noted that Jordanian women are making significant advances in many fields and securing leadership positions in all industries, commending the women of Ma’an for overcoming obstacles through their unwavering determination. "This is what His Majesty means when he says the Jordanian woman is the pillar of our society; without her contributions, our Jordanian family cannot grow and prosper," Her Majesty explained. Queen Rania also stated that despite Jordanian women’s progress, their status has still not evolved to reflect the magnitude of their ambitions and potential, or the ambitions His Majesty King Abdullah has for them in building and advancing the country. She added that every positive example of female role models spreads much-needed hope, particularly to our nation’s youth. "An ambitious, educated, capable woman can be a game changer. And that is what I see in all of you," Her Majesty concluded. During the meeting, the Queen heard from President of the Ma’an Women’s Union, Adla Tweisi, who thanked Her Majesty for her efforts to empower women in Ma’an and across Jordan, and President of Al Anwar Charity Association for Women, Lana Krishan, who expressed her appreciation for the Queen’s work advancing education. Social activist, Maha Odat, also thanked the Queen for understanding women’s concerns and challenges, describing Her Majesty as "a role model for Jordanian women from all walks of life." During her visit, Queen Rania also stopped by the Ma’an Zaha Cultural Center, which was established inside the Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II Cultural Center in 2015 as part of a Royal initiative. The center’s coordinator, Ziad Shammari, briefed Her Majesty on the center’s various programs and activities during a tour of the center’s children’s hall, training room, pottery-making room, and computer lab. The Queen was introduced to the center’s young robotics team, who shared the story of their success in an international robotics competition in the United Kingdom last year. The Zaha Ma’an Robotics team was awarded "Best Team" and "Best Instructor" at the First Lego League International Championship in Bath in 2017, coming in first from among 93 teams from 40 countries. Her Majesty also met several children at the center who have benefited from its training programs, learning to develop gaming applications and create ceramics.

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King hails achievements of military team at Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitions

[11/8/2018 2:32:57 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II received at Al Husseiniya Palace on Thursday, in presence of HRH Crown Prince Hussein Ben Abdullah II, the team of the Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers (HCDS), in recognition of their achievements in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitions for wounded serving and former military personnel, recently held in the Australian city of Sydney with the participation of more than 500 athletes from 18 countries. During the meeting, which was attended by HRH Prince Mar'ed bin Ra'ad, President of the HCDS, His Majesty expressed his pride in the achievements and results achieved by the team, which reflected the resolve and determination of the Jordanians and their keenness to excel. His Majesty voiced appreciation to the efforts made in preparation of the team and to all those who contributed to the success of this experiment, especially the Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers. The Commission's team won nine medals (5 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze). Amani Abdurrahman won two gold medals in the sitting rowing competitions and women's 100m wheelchair races. Ahmed Barahmeh won two gold medals in the weightlifting competition under 72 kg and the 100m wheelchair race. Iyad Mestrehi won a gold medal in the long-jump competition. Uday Shatanaoui won a silver medal in the discus throw competition, while Hayel Al Mahakim won two silver medals for the 100m-200m running competitions. He also won a bronze medal in the 400m running event. His Highness Prince Mar'ed headed the Jordanian delegation to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, which included 17 members from the Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers in rowing, weightlifting and volleyball competitions. Chief of the Royal Court and Adviser to the King, Director of His Majesty's Office attended the meeting. In a press statement, Amani Abdurrahman and Hayel Al Mahakim expressed their happiness at achieving advanced positions in the Sydney Games, adding meeting with His Majesty gave the HCDS members the determination and strength to continue the path of prgress and achievement.

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Crown Prince participates in part of 8th Gaming Summit

[11/4/2018 3:56:58 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, attended a discussion panel on game development in Jordan and the Arab world, as part of the 8th annual Jordan Gaming Summit, which kicked off on Saturday under the title "Technology at its Best." Welcoming participants to the summit, held at the Royal Tank Museum, Crown Prince Al Hussein, stressed the importance of benefiting from Jordan's creative talents, and further developing them, especially in the fast growing gaming industry, which will create, job opportunities, for the youth. Prince Al Hussein underlined the importance of the summit to exchange expertise and benefit from experiences among Jordanian game developers and their counterparts from other countries representing the largest companies in this field. During the session, a partnership agreement was announced between the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) and Steel Media, which organizes the global event Pocket Gamer Connects. Through this partnership, the summit will be one of the Pocket Gamer's events in Jordan and will be included to its global agenda. The Crown Prince also checked on the Jordanian mobile games lab, and a number of designs of electronic games, which were designed by creative ideas of young Jordanians. The two-day summit, which kicked off yesterday, under the title "technology at its best", aims at informing young developers, about the best ways to market, launch and unleash their app's, full potential. Participants from local, regional and international gaming-development companies, including independent developers, took part, in the summit.

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PSD begins winter campaign on Sunday

[10/30/2018 8:12:44 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Public Security Department's (PSD) Traffic Department will begin its annual winter campaign on Sunday to ensure vehicles' roadability and safety during the rainy season. The one-month campaign aims to ensure that vehicles are ready for all weather conditions, including rain and snow, to protect lives. The PSD called on citizens to make sure their vehicles are equipped and maintained for the season so that they won't breakdown and hold up traffic. Throughout the campaign, carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing, Traffic, and Highway Patrol departments, officers will be out on roads, checking on tyres, lights, windshield wipers, heating and other parts or systems that might affect the vehicle's function. A sticker will be placed on the vehicle that passes the test, and the ones that don't will be given a one-week notice to fix the problem. Vehicles that fail the test need to visit the traffic department for another checkup so that driver and vehicle licenses can be returned to them.

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