Yarmouk University

Established in June 1976, Yarmouk University (YU) has developed into one of the largest and most prestigious state-supported educational institutions in Jordan. With 11 centres for research and career development, YU strikes for a fair balance between the humanities on the one hand and science, engineering, and medical specialisations on the other. They hope to inspire our young students by offering a variety of specialisations combined with excellence in teaching, opportunities for community service and extra-curricular activities, and encouragement of innovation. Their aim is not merely to produce degree-holders but rather productive citizens with integrity, vision, reasoning, tolerance, and a sense of purpose.

Research is one of YU’s top priorities, especially within the context of Jordan’s social, economic, environmental, and developmental needs. Several research projects are currently underway in partnership with local and international institutions. YU offers courses and training programs for both students and staff through our centres, and by partnering with business, industry, NGO’s and other local or foreign institutions. Several companies have established business incubators at the university to offer students training and work experience that prepares them for the wider job market and creates a climate conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Roles/tasks in the project

YU, as the consortium’s local partner in Jordan, will be involved in conducting empirical research in WP5. In WP5, YU will lead a study mapping concentration of displaced people in Jordan. YU is contributing to empirical research, the collection of life histories, the stakeholder mapping and is organising a workshop and in person briefings in Jordan. YU will further contribute to the country report on Jordan (WP3) based on desk research, to the synthesis of empirical findings (WP7) and the creation of impact (WP8).

Team members involved in the project

Fawwaz Ayoub Momani, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Dr Fawwaz Ayoub Momani is an Associate Professor of Psychological Counseling and former Director of the Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration Studies Centre at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He has expertise in forced migration and has published widely on the topic of forced migration. He is a member of the T20 Task Force on Forced Migration. He worked with an international team to prepare education needs in the Context of Forced Migration, which was launched in Berlin and delivered by Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Summit of the G20. Dr Momani has several running grants with many international funding agencies for implementing projects related to refugees and the host community.

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Dr Ahmed AlEroud

Dr Ahmed AlEroud is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He holds a degree in Information Systems (PhD) from the University of Maryland/United States. Dr AlEroud was the Assistant Director of the Refugees, Displaced Persons and Forced Migration Studies Centre at Yarmouk University. He has been the coordinator of the SYMPRO project, a project that includes training for undergraduate students to apply for MicroMasters programmes offered online in Information Security and Data Analysis.

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Rasheed Al-Jarrah

Rasheed Al-Jarrah is a Full Professor of Linguistics and Language-related Studies. He graduated from Ball State University – Muncie/ Indiana with a PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2002. His research interests include Phonology, Semantics, Pragmatics, Form-Meaning Interface, Discourse Analysis, Text Analysis, Language Universals, Qur'anic Language studies, Language Acquisition, Language Learning, Second Language Assessment and Gender Studies and Language of Minority Groups. He has recently been engaged in research projects directed by Yarmouk University and funded by GIZ mainly focusing on providing advanced training for a Diploma in Psycho-social Support for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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Dr Ali Alodat

Dr Ali Alodat earned his doctoral degree in Special Education in 2016 from Wayne State University, United States. Dr Alodat is working as an assistant professor for Counseling and Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education, Yarmouk University. His research focuses on gifted and special needs learners from minority and disruptive areas, especially among refugees. His latest research focuses on the identification of gifted Syrian refugee students in Jordanian schools, evaluating educational services offered to Syrian gifted refugee students in Jordan, and psychosocial support provided to people with disabilities among refugees. Dr Alodat has presented several papers about these topics on many occasions, such as the Regional Symposium on Psychosocial Support in Academia, Interdisciplinary Dialogue Session on PSS for Persons with Disabilities, Global Conference on Education and Research, and the 5th International Jordanian Psychiatric Conference.

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