08 July 2017
The Jordanian government has given its approval for a new law that will require a new system of university ranking in order to improve the country’s higher education system.
According to an article in the Jordan Times by Laila Azzahthe metrics will include research and publications, the total number of faculty and students, and international students.
The various programmes at Jordanian universities will be assessed and ranked separately.
Adel Tweisi, theMinister for Higher Education is reported to have said that the "main aim of the by-law is to motivate universities to improve their programmes and educational outcomes. Having a local ranking system for higher educational institutions will also enhance their competitiveness in international rankings."
However, some Jordanian academics are sceptical about the validity of the proposed measure. Shteiwi Abdulla, President of Tafileh TechnicalUniversity complained that the rankings would give the University of Jordan an unfair advantage and would discriminate against universities in remote areas who might have problems attracting international students. He indicated that international rankings were more likely to be impartial,
The Jordan Times