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Structure of Higher Education System


Higher education in Jordan emerged with the creation of two-year teacher training colleges in the 1950s. As for university education, it commenced by the establishment of the University of Jordan in 1962, followed by the establishment of Al-Ahliyya Amman University in 1989 as the first private university. The Ministry of Higher Education was created in 1985 to regulate and coordinate the work of the higher education sector. It is the home of the Council of Higher Education, which is in charge of establishing the higher education policy in the Kingdom. The Accreditation Commission, an independent body, accredits both private and public universities. Each university is managed by an independent board of trustees, which chooses the university president.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

Undergraduate level

Bachelor’s degrees normally take four years. The Bachelor’s degree normally requires between 130-160 credit hours,...

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