[Press and Publications] New Link Between UK and Jordanian Universities

December 2000

No 216

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between a leading British university and a new university in Jordan.

Professor Robert Burgess, Vice - Chancellor of the University of Leicester, UK, and Professor Adel Tweissi, the President of Al-Hussein Bin Talal University in Jordan, signed the memorandum on Thursday 9 November 2000.

Al-Hussein Bin Talal University is a new public university with a substantial budget to provide for its rapid development. As part of this process new staff will be trained overseas and the agreement provides for staff to come to Leicester for Master's courses, and probably to take PhDs, in three areas - Archaeology, Education and Engineering. There is also provision for the development of academic and research links in other areas of common interest.

The Departments of Archaeology and Geography at Leicester already have extensive links in Jordan. The Department of Law has also identified Jordan as a country where high-quality Masterís and PhD students are likely to want to come to the UK and the Management Centre is developing in-country provision of its distance learning Master's courses.

Professor Burgess commented: "I am delighted to have signed this memorandum of understanding with Al-Hussein Bin Talal University. Leicester is an international research university, where high quality postgraduate education and training has increased rapidly in recent years and we look forward to working with staff from Al-Hussein Bin Talal University to our mutual benefit."

Note to editors: Further information is available from Tony Pearson, Director, International Office, University of Leicester, telephone +44 (0)116 252 2255, email international.office@leicester.ac.uk

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