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Seven Jordanian universities have been awarded a total of £350,000 ($445,000) to support collaborative research projects focusing on energy and healthcare. This funding initiative, reported by the Jordan News Agency, is part of the 2024 Transforming Systems through Partnership program. It is funded by the Industrial Scientific Research and Development Fund under Jordan’s Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), in collaboration with the British Royal Academy of Engineering.

Funding Breakdown and Collaborative Partners

Each of the following Jordanian universities has received a £50,000 grant to facilitate their research efforts:

  • Royal Scientific Society
  • Al-Balqa Applied University
  • Al Hussein Technical University
  • Hashemite University
  • Yarmouk University
  • Mutah University
  • Philadelphia University

These institutions will engage in joint research projects with prestigious UK universities, including:

  • Cranfield University
  • De Montfort University
  • Coventry University
  • University College London
  • Aston University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Bath

Objectives and Impact

The initiative aims to address critical challenges in development and sustainability through applied scientific research. The focus areas of energy and healthcare are particularly crucial for national development and economic stability.

Mashhour Refai, Secretary-General of HCST, emphasized the importance of the enduring partnership with the British Royal Academy of Engineering. He highlighted how academia-industry collaborations play a pivotal role in enhancing the national economy through innovative research.

Rima Ras, Director of the Industrial Scientific Research and Development Fund, noted the significant impact of the program in strengthening the research and innovation capabilities of Jordanian universities and national institutions. She mentioned that a panel of Jordanian and British experts meticulously reviewed 22 applications before selecting the seven projects for funding.

Global Collaboration and Program History

This year’s program sees participation from Jordan, South Africa, and Thailand, showcasing a global approach to tackling systemic challenges. Since the inception of the Transforming Systems through Partnership program, five rounds have been conducted in Jordan. In collaboration with the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the program has supported 34 projects with total funding exceeding £2 million.

Significant step

The £350,000 funding for Jordanian universities marks a significant step towards enhancing collaborative research in vital sectors such as energy and healthcare. By partnering with renowned UK universities, Jordan is positioning itself to make substantial advancements in these fields, fostering development, sustainability, and economic growth. This initiative underscores the power of international collaboration in addressing global challenges and building a resilient future.

M Moiz
M Moiz
M Moiz, is Research Student at Islamabad research Institute and work with THE THINK TANK JOURNAL

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