History and academics
The university offers a variety of programs at its seven colleges. Arabic is used for teaching of humanities, and English is used as the teaching medium in most of the other disciplines. New students undergo English and IT assessment tests to specify their levels and are provided with intensive bridging courses if needed. The seven faculties are
- Information Technology
- Architecture and Design
- Administrative and Financial Sciences
- Arts and Sciences
- Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
- Mass Communication
Academic Staff profile
The University has about 300 qualified teaching staff members, the majority of which are Jordanians, but there are lecturers from many Arab countries such as Syria, and Iraq.
Students are assisted to adapt to University life and culture by the Deanship of Students Affairs (DSA) and the academic advisor. At the start of each academic year, DSA organizes an orientation program for new students, in which seniors, starting with the University's President, address them. They are provided with information on PU rules and regulations and introduced to facilities therein. PU provides transportation services for students for a nominal fee. The University also provides health insurance to all students.
The University of Petra is home to about 1000 international students from 31 different countries. PU is currently working on establishing an International Office to support international students.
Tte number of graduates from 2002/2003 until the end of the summer semester 2005/2006 is as follows:
- 2002/2003: 436
- 2003/2004: 632
- 2004/2005: 657
- 2005/2006: 772
Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research is the center of the research activities at PU. It is formed of two councils; one for research activities and the other for graduate programs. In accordance with the accreditation criteria, stipulated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, 5% of each university’s budget is allocated to support research activities. The Deanship also financially supports the publication of textbooks and travel expenses of academic staff who participate in regional and international conferences.