The University of
Jordan in Aqaba
His Majesty King
Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein laid the foundation stone of the University of
Jordan in Aqaba in April 2009. The University was founded in response to His
Majesty’s royal directives and insightful vision to bring about economic growth
in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone through efforts based on long-term planning
for development and to provide residents of the city of Aqaba and the entire
Southern region with high quality education. This project would enhance the significant
role played by the University of Jordan in the rapid development of the city of
Aqaba, taking into account the strategic location of this coastal city as a
regional and international link and an appropriate investment venue for mega
projects. The aim of establishing a branch of the University of
Jordan in Aqaba was in compliance with the university’s strategic plan to
extend its educational services to various governorates in the country and
abroad with the purpose of offering high quality education to individuals and
the local community institutions. The University of Jordan in Aqaba was founded
in 2009 with only five schools as an initial stage, in addition to having a
future plan to establish a School of Medicine partnering with a teaching hospital
to support development in Aqaba, attract foreign students from abroad, and provide
the entire region with highly qualified cadres.
The university’s mission
is providing the local community with science and expertise to achieve social
mobility and developmental progress in Aqaba, supporting the economic growth in
Jordan in general and in the Southern region in particular, and providing Aqaba
governorate with highly qualified and trained personnel capable of making an
efficient contribution to its development and construction, and the improvement
of its facilities, which will reflect positively on the national economy.
1. Becoming a pioneering Jordanian
university and a center of education excellence in the city
of Aqaba overlooking the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba by complying with national
and international quality assurance and accreditation standards to ensure
providing students with high quality education.
2. Making a significant
contribution to enable the Aqaba region to become a tourism and investment attraction
and a focus of civilization through providing students and the local community
with science, expertise, and high-quality education and playing a vital role in
the regions’ development and boosting its economic growth.
3. Reinforcing the major role
played by the University of Jordan as a regional and international center of
4. Reducing the suffering of
many students in Aqaba governorate seeking a high quality university education.
5. Providing the Aqaba region
with highly trained personnel capable of contributing effectively and
efficiently to its development, improving its facilities, and thus have a
positive influence on the national economy.