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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Tamara Al-Yakoub
Dr. Tamara Al-Yakoub is an Assistant Professor at the Public Administration Department of Yarmouk University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Keele University-UK in 2018; her thesis focused on key issues and challenges facing the public policy formulations in Jordan. She has previous experience in working with inter¬national aid agencies, and she worked for the public sector in Jordan as a Senior Specialist. Her experience focuses on Public Policy, Public Sector Development and Excellence, Human Resource Management, and Project Management. She is a consultant and certified trainer in the previously mentioned fields, as well as in women’s empowerment and leadership issues.
Dr. Tamara Al-Yakoub has experience related to refugee issues since 2006, as one of her duties as a project coordinator at JICA was to work on issues related to the Palestinian Refugees in Jordan. She also worked as a research assistant on a funded study by the EU, "Forced Migration of Syrians to Jordan: An Exploratory Study". She worked as a researcher on a funded project by the Scientific Research Support /Jordan in 2012 to investigate the 'Determinants of female early Marriage in Jordan', which included Syrian females in the study. Moreover, in her PhD. thesis, she examined the massive influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan and its impact on Jordan's national plans and policies with a focus on the health sector.
Dr. Raghda Faouri
Dr. Raghda Faouri-holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is working at the Al al-Bayt University as the president’s assistant for international cooperation and an assistant professor of Economics. She is responsible for the international cooperation of the university, as well as the issues of fundraising, network expansion with other national and international academic and research bodies and managing funds and joint projects. She also teaches different economic topics in the faculty of economics on Micro and Micro levels. She has diversified experience in the area of Policy formulation and “monitoring and evaluation”. Dr Raghda Faouri also worked as the Director of Policies and International Relations at the Ministry of Labour, managing the employment policies for nationals and migrants, as a founder of the Syrian refugees and M&E units in the ministry. She also has vast experience in micro-level and sectors’ analysis, as she was heading the economic unit and strategic planning in some governmental bodies, in addition to conducting sectoral studies related to the labour market.
She has been responsible for Implementing the internationalization strategy for AABU by expanding mutual partnerships on different levels, including the preparation of agreements and memorandums of understanding with international universities, donor networking, fundraising, academic mobility programs. She is the founder of the International Relations department at AABU and managing international projects targeting employment and training aspects for refugees and the host community, for example the project ICT coding School with the Chams Foundation and UNHCR). In addition to managing mobility programs such as ICM and Capacity-building projects, she is in close cooperation with Donors, NGOs, and the surrounding community.