German Jordanian University

Coordinates: 32°1′32″N 35°52′38″E / 32.02556°N 35.87722°E / 32.02556; 35.87722

German Jordanian University
الجامعة الألمانيه الأردنية
Type Public
Established 2005
Undergraduates 2,801, 41% female[1]
Location Near Amman, Jordan
Nickname GJU
Website German Jordanian University

German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public university in Al Mushaqqar (near Madaba), Jordan. It offers more than 20 programs to about 5,000 students, primarily from Jordan. The curriculum differs from other Jordanian universities, with German language courses offered as preparation for the fourth academic year at a university of applied science in Germany and an introduction to German industry.


GJU was founded on April 25, 2005 by royal decree, in accordance with a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany. In August 2004 a founding committee, in close cooperation with Jordan's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, began its activities in Jordan. The university's programs are designed to encourage the training of young professionals to move back and forth between Europe and the Middle East.

Financial support

GJU receives funding from the German government, with additional contributions from the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Schools and programs

School of Applied Technical Sciences

School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management

School of Applied Medical Sciences

School of Management and Logistic Sciences

School of Computer Engineering and Information Technology

School of Architecture and Built Environment

School of Languages

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Graduate School of Business

German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences) model

In cooperation with the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Science, the project team joined about 70 German universities of applied sciences into a consortium. Its members design the study programs' curricula, recruit qualified German academic staff and host students during their German year. The consortium is open to additional German-language universities of applied sciences.

The five-year study programs at GJU will follow the model of the German Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences), with their philosophy of industry-based practice and an application-oriented approach to knowledge. A large percentage of German professors comprise the academic staff, and courses in German and English as a foreign language are offered to encourage fluency. After an initial phase in English, program courses are taught predominantly in German. Regional studies and cross-cultural communication are also part of the curriculum.

Future plans

Plans for a new campus in Madaba, designed to help people with special needs, are underway. When complete, the Madaba campus will accommodate 5,000 students.

Notable Alumni


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