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Prof. Najib Abou Karaki 
President, AHU


Al-Hussein Bin Talal University was founded in 1999 and was the first higher educational institute established during the reign of H.M. King Abdullah II. At the beginning, the university was a branch for Mu’tah University occupying a temporary campus in the city of Ma’an and was relocated to a permanent campus in September 2004, 9 Km North West of the city of Ma’an. AHU is a public coeducational university located in the heart of the southern region, 210 Km from the Capital Amman. AHU is a comprehensive public university in a self-contained campus, and has student population representing nearly every Governorate in Jordan. over the past years, AHU has grown to eight colleges offering bachelor degree programs in natural and environmental sciences, business, nursing, education, humanities, IT and engineering; and two Deanships, the Deanship of Student Affairs and the Deanship of Scientific Research. AHU has nine scientific centers that are heavily engaged in research and development projects to serve local and national communities, to improve students’ life quality and delivery of study programs.

In keeping up with our vision, the university core curriculum emphasizes students' intellectual and ethical development through expanding the students’ self-understanding and knowledge of the world. Through these colleges and centers, AHU expands its academic offerings to provide:

  • Degree programs that integrate courses from more than one college.
  • Instructional support for the students and faculty.
  • Research programs and forums for specialized academic groups and local communities.
  • Training and services in leadership, women empowerment, family health and planning, media for local organizations, industrial and business sectors.
  • Developmental Community Radio Station to cover Ma'an area.

In line with its mission, AHU is growing steadily to meet the surrounding environment and local community’s needs and to be responsive to future developments and expansions. In 2008, the college of nursing was established thereby becoming the first college in Ma'an Governorate to meet the critical shortage and high demand for qualified female nurses. In the international horizon, AHU is very active in area and has signed many Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements with world organizations, universities and agencies to exchange expertise, programs, students and faculty members.

AHU is heavily involved in strategic planning to achieve its goals, vision, mission and to deliver programs of study that meet national and international standards and accreditations measures. AHU is institutionally accredited, thirty programs were accredited and the remaining twelve programs are in progress for accreditation.

AHU has developed its Strategic Plan for Quality Assurance for the years 2007-2011 and is preparing the second five-year strategic plan for the years 2012-2016. In June 2011, AHU was licensed to offer Master degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction Methodologies) to satisfy the needs of local public schools and relevant institutes.
The administration of AHU is deeply committed to exploring every possible opportunity to accentuate and reconsolidate AHU development and improvement to gain an outstanding reputation among Jordanian Universities. Also, we will ensure the availability of capacity building and professional development programs to empower the faculty members and staff to improve their performance and achievements. Additionally, our focus will be on AHU mission, vision, and goals to fulfill H.M. King Abdullah’s II vision about the role and responsibility of the public Jordanian Universities.