cooperation with the Jordan Tourism Board in Jordan, Dr. Ahlam Sbaihat from the the Spanish Language section
participated in hosting the teamwork of
a program titled "We Will Eat The World"
which arrived on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Sbaihat accompanied the team while
producing the documentary film is about the popular historical places and
dishes in Jordan.
program is broadcast on AMC global
channels which is watched by more than 40 million viewers in Spain and
Portugal. Seven million
viewers watched Canal Cocina channel . "We Will Eat The World" is the first specialized
program produced by the Spanish channel Canal Cocina. It is about adventurous journeys
to different countries around the world in order to discover their cultures and
The Department of Linguistics
organized a seminar titled "Language and Society" on Tuesday
01/03/2016 which was attended by the Head
of the Department and a number of
faculty members. Dr. Inam Alwir from Essex
University talked about the steps that led to the formation of the of Amman
dialect as we see it and hear it now. The subject grasped the attention of many
linguists and writers such as novelist Zulekha Abu Risha. The audience
interacted and participated in the discussion.
Tuesday, 8/3/2016, Dr. Ahlam Sbaihat attended
celebration held by The Union of Arab Photographers in Jordan in "Memories
of the Country" café. On behalf of Interlingua initiative at The
University of Jordan, Dr. Ahlam Sbaihat delivered a speech about active Jordanian
females on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She asserted that now there are
hundreds of women participating in the spreading of the Arabic articles on Wikipedia.
Before this initiative, there were only two activists in Jordan. Students in
the Faculty of Foreign Languages will participate along with their sisters in
other Arab countries to build an Arab knowledge database that will continue to
be used by future generations. She hopes that members of this initiative will be
leaders in the future. This event was
also attended by members of the Union, and Samer Khraino, Executive Director of
Culture at The Greater Amman Municipality.
The attendants remembered the late comic photographer Amira Homsi, Dean of
Jordanian photographers, and displayed images of her career life.
Section and Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center organized a meeting, which was
held on Monday March 14th, 2016 in the Turkish Corner, for the students of
University of Jordan interested in applying for the MA and PhD Scholarships
(Turkiye Burslari) offered by the Turkish Government. Coordinator of the
section Dr. Bagdagul MUSA opened the meeting and Director of the Turkish
Cultural Center Mr. Yunus Emre CANBAY answered all questions about the
Doctor Ahlam Sbaihat participated
in InterLingua @ net Initiative,
which began its activities three years ago in order to build Arab knowledge
through several educational services, including translation and Arabization of
works for foreign writers and Arabization of Wikipedia encyclopedias. The Initiative participated in conference
held by the Levant Wikipedia, a group belonging to Arab Wikipedia users and
includes in addition to the Levant group, Iraq and Maghreb groups.
The Conference, which was held in
Amman from 24 to 26th March, 2016, was attended by the Director of
the initiative, Doctor Sbaihat and a number of students who are members of the
initiative, namely Ruba Abu Rumi, Juhaina Mdanat, Noor Ramahi, and Bara'a
The students portrayed the
achievements of the initiative which were read by millions of people online,
and stated that the initiative is currently seeking to translate literary novels,
recording audio files of Wikipedia articles, and enrich the image store of the
Wikimedia (Commons) by capturing images of college students in Jordan and in
foreign countries and uploading them on the encyclopedia.
Wikipedia activists from various Arab countries and some foreign
countries such as America, France, Germany, Italy participated in the
conference. The representatives of
the main organization Wikimedia attended the event in order to discuss
organizing future training workshops for Arab activists. Activists exchanged their
knowledge and experiences and offered suggestions to invite the largest number
of the Arab community to build knowledge through the encyclopedia which ranks
seventh on Alexa and is expected to occupy higher ranks in the coming years.
Faculty of Foreign Languages hosted in
coordination with Dr. Ahlam Sbaihat the prominent journalist, writer and expert in
media , Yahya Shuqair, to talk about how
to pick and choose what we read in the media. During the seminar, Shuqair discussed with the audience
the three main factors that affect the media system: legislation, professionalism,
and ethics, stressing that if one factor is missing, the reputation of the
newspaper will be affected and the whole system may collapse.
addition, Shuqair displayed local and Arab news and discussed its content with the
students and teachers who attended the event. He urged the student to look for the objective truth
and to take actions against misleading media.
Under the patronage of Professor Musa Lozi Vice
President for Humanities Faculties Affairs and HE the Deputy Chief of Mission,
Mr. Henry Wooster, and in the presence of Dr. Adnan Smadi Dean of the faculty
of Foreign Languages and Ms. Ragini Gupta, Public Affairs Officer at the
American Embassy and a large number of faculty member, the American
Corner started the American Cultural Week.
Professor Musa Lozi talked about the strong academic ties
between Jordan and the US and the continued
support of the American government for the academic programs, student exchange,
and the cultural activities held in the corner. Doctor Smadi stressed that the faculty aims at
expanding the cooperation with the American Embassy in different areas in order
to organize more extracurricular activities. Additionally, Smadi invited
everyone to participate in the Sports Day which will be held in the Faculty of
Foreign Languages next Thursday and which is supported by the American
Embassy and the American Corner.
Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Korean Ambassador, and the Vice President for Humanities
Faculties Affairs, the faculty inaugurated two classrooms that are
furbished by the Korean Embassy.
Lozi stressed that the university is keen to promote bridges of
scientific research and cultural and
academic cooperation with foreign embassies, adding that the Korean Embassy
plays an important role in supporting and developing the educational environment
in the Faculty of Foreign Languages by providing it with various
Dean of The Faculty of Foreign Languages extended his sincerest thanks
and appreciation to HE the Korean Ambassador for his continuous efforts to
support The Faculty of Foreign Languages and spread the Korean language and
Under the patronage of the Vice President of Humanities Faculties Affairs,
Professor Musa Lozi, and Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Dr. Adnan Smadi, The Faculty of organized the annual Sports Day on
Thursday, 28/4/2016. Participants began the activities by walking starting from
the Faculty of Foreign Languages up to the plane of the martyr, Moath Kasasbeh.
The dean and a number of academic and administrative staff members participated in this activity. There
was also a presentation by Drug Enforcement Administration about types of drugs and its dangerous effects
in addition to a musical show by an American band organized in collaboration
with the US Embassy. The activities concluded
with games and sport competitions between the students and staff members
organized by the Students' Union.
The students of the Faculty of
Foreign Languages organized a trip to Wadi Al-Shita on Saturday, 04.30.2016
which is located in the capital, Amman in Wadi
Al-Seir And which is one of the most prominent tourist areas in
the spring. The students were supervised
by Dr. Raya Kalaldah, Mrs. Heba Rihani and Mr. Firas Awamleh. The trip included
educational games such as chess and poetry contests, singing and sports games
such as badminton. We wish our students the best on their final exams.
The Faculty of Foreign Languages held on Tuesday, 26/4/2016 a meeting with graduate students. Different academic topics were discussed and the students
made some suggestions that will help improve the educational process.
Dr. Shireen Qaqeesh, Assistant Dean for
Quality Assurance, attended an international forum about the role of quality and evaluation in higher education
Service) at Alexandria University after being officially invited by The Agence
Universitaire de la Francophonie, (AUF) and Alexandria University. The
attendants discussed means of internal and external evaluation in higher
education institutions, indicators and measurements of performance and global classifications.
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Dr. Adnan Smadi,
and Assistant Dean for Quality Assurance, Dr. Shireen Qaqeesh, heads of
departments, and the Chief of Diwan met the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Team, that
consists of Professor Faleh Alsoair, Dr. Ahmed Abd Al-Salam, Hadeel Tawalbeh, and
Reem Qudah, in a field visit to the Faculty of Foreign Languages on Sunday 15
/ 5/2016. The attendants discussed accreditation standards and quality
assurance procedures as well as the academic programs, courses and faculty members’
On June 1st 2016, in the presence of Dr. Bagdagul
Musa, Coordinator of Turkish-English section and some faculty academic stuff,
The Turkish-English Section in the Department of Asian Languages honored its students
for their academic achievements and hard work.
Fr. Dr. Rifat Bader, General Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media visited
The Faculty of Foreign Languages in order to discuss with the Dean, Dr. Adnan
Smadi, the possibility of supporting Jerusalem in the Eyes of Contemporary World
Literature Conference which will be held in the University of Jordan from 4-6/October/2016.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Shireen Qaqish, Assistant Dean for Quality
Assurance, Dr. Akram Odeh, Head of the Department of French Language, and Dr.
On Thursday, September 8, 2016, under the auspices of Dean of The Faculty
of Foreign Languages, Professor Mahmoud
Al-Shra’ah, the faculty held the graduation ceremony of the ninth cohort in Al
Hassan bin Talal auditorium / Deanship of Student Affairs. The event was
attended by academic and administrative faculty members and graduate students: (136)
undergraduate student and (18) graduate students.
The event included a speech delivered by Professor Al-Shra’ah as well as
speeches delivered by the graduates.
At the end, Professor Al-Shra’ah distributed the certificates to the
Under the patronage of Prof. Mahmoud Al-Shra’ah,
Dean of The Faculty of Foreign Languages, and in the presence of Dr. Bagdagul
Mussa Head of the Department of Asian Languages, a delegation from Shenyang Normal University that consist of
Mr. Li Tiejun,, Vice President of SNU and Vice
President of TAG-CI Board, Mr. Zhang Wei, Director
of the office of International Exchange and Cooperation of SNU, and member of
Mr. Lu Quan,, Director of the Office of Finance and
Assets Management of SNU, and member of TAG-CI board, Mr. Li Feng,, Dean of
College of International Business of SNU, member of TAG-CI board, and MS. Hu Bo, Head of the office of Confucius Institute Affairs of SNU, visited
the faculty in order to discuss means of academic cooperation, students
exchange scholarships opportunities between the two universities that will help
improve the teaching methods of the Chinese language. The meeting was arranged
in accordance with Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Confucius Institute that promised to facilitate
building new bridges between UJ and Shenyang Normal University.
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign
Languages, Professor Mahmoud Shra'ah, and the family of the faculty extend
their sincere congratulations to
Dr. Ghaleb Rababah
For winning Abdul Hameed Shoman for
Arab Researchers Prize for the year 2015/2016 in literature, humanities and
social sciences and educational field. This achievement is added to the great
achievements of the faculty.
On Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Prof. Abdul Majid Asalahin gave a
seminar on the
concept of extremism, its causes and treatment
that was held at the American Corner. The event was attended by a large
number of students who enriched the lecture with their questions.
On Oct. 12th, 2016, The Third Korean Speech Contest was held in Hussein Cultural Center under the patronage
of the Korean Ambassador, Lee Bum-yeon, and Vice President for Humanities
Faculties Prof. Dr. Ahmad Majdoubeh. The event was also attended by Dean of the faculty of Foreign Languages, Prof.
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Shra’ah, Head of Asian
department, Dr. Bagdagul Mussa, Coordinator of the Korean-English Section, Dr.
Park Byoungju, KOIKA members, Cho Moon-hwa and Kim Mi-ae, and a number of
students and their families. The Winner
was Bayan Slaiti, a fourth- year Korean and English languages student who talked
about her experience in Korea and some of the mistakes she made. Abrar Bourouba
was in the second place, and Isra Abu
Saif and Aya Abu Hatab occupied the third
place. After the contest, there was a Korean drum show (Nanta) performed by
by Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Prof. Mahmoud Al-Shra'ah, and in collaboration with the French Embassy
in Amman, a number of students from The
Department of French Language and Literature participate in the annual literary
contest in Beirut organized by the Francophone University Agency, The French Publishing
House, Goncourt, and the exhibition of Lebanese books.
contest takes place in the period between 9 -14 Nov.2016. There are
participants from several universities
from Syria, Sudan, Djibouti, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan. It aims to
acquaint students with the latest Francophone literary works and urge them to read and discuss the works during arranged meetings in which people from
different countries get to know each other, interact, and share their ideas. It
also aims to give students a pivotal role in the selection of the masterpieces
from Francophone literature that will be
translated into Arabic.
goes as follows: First, students of The Department of French Language and
Literature in different universities are asked to read eight recent novels. Then, each department nominates the student who will
represent the department. After that, the
nominated student choses a novel to be discussed in the competition in Beirut.
of French Language and Literature at
UJ has chosen a novel titled "l"autre qu'on adorait' by
the French writer, C. Cusset. The representative is Jarir Daoud. The representatives of all the universities
will meet on 11/11/2016 to announce the winning novel that will be translated
into Arabic by Francophone University
Salwa Nacwzi who is responsible of the
linguistic cooperation at the French Embassy, organized a discussion panel in
the presence of Ms. Sophie Bel, The Cultural Attaché to the French embassy in
the French Cultural Center on Sunday, 11.06.2016. the event was attended by
students participating in the competition from UJ and Dr. Akram Odeh who is in charge of the
competition at UJ.
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Professor Mahmoud Al-Shra’ah, and Head of the Department of
Asian Languages, Dr. Bagdagul Mussa, attended "2016 Workshop for the KOICA Volunteer Program" organized by The Korean Embassy and KOICA Jordan Office on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 10:00 -
13:00 in Kempinski Hotel in Shmeisani. Dr. Mussa represented the Korean-English
Section and talked about KOICA volunteers, Miss MOON – Hwa Cho and Miss KIM
Mi-Ae and their activities in the department. She also expressed her gratitude
to the Korean Embassy and KOICA for their everlasting support.
information about the workshop click on the link below:
local/korean-volunteer- programme-marks-decade-social- cultural-interaction-jordan
Director of the Russian Cultural
Center, Dr. Vadim Sinyachin, and teachers of the Russian language in Friendship
University in Moscow, Dr. Galina Lukianov and Prof. Dr. Vladimir Siniachekn, met
a number of students of the Russian
language in the Faculty of Foreign Languages.
Sinyachkin trained the students to
use modern methods in teaching and
called for enhancing the cooperation between Peoples' Friendship University of
Russia and the University of Jordan in various academic fields.
Department of English language and literature, in cooperation with the U.S.
Embassy in Amman, hosted a guest speaker on 15/11/2016 from the U.S. Embassy to
give a presentation at the American Corner in the University of Jordan about
the history and culture of the native Americans. The speaker, Deb Mak, showed
the different customs of each native American tribe, the natives' "first
encounter" with the "pilgrims" and the first Thanksgiving.
Moreover, Mak talked about the native Americans' current situation in USA,
where they still exercise freely their religious worship and have popular
sympathy and support to preserve their natural resources away from the
intrusion of technology and pollution. The students, in "the American
literature until 1800" class, showed an active interaction with the guest
speaker by elaborating on many cultural and political issues related to the
native Americans. Finally, Dr. Hussein Alhawamdeh, the instructor of the
"American literature until 1800" course, thanked the speaker for the
memorable presentation, which filled many gaps in the students' understanding
to the traditions of the native Americans.
English Literature scholar and lecturer at University of Salford Manchester,
UK, Dr. Lucia Nigri gave on November 28th, 2016 a talk to a group of
PhD students at the Department of English Language & Literature. Dr.
Nigri's presentation on Shakespeare's history play King Richard III was
addressed, via Skype, to a class convened by Dr. Yousef Awad. Dr. Nigri
explained how Shakespeare's play can be read within a context of legitimizing
the reign of the House of Tudor represented by King Henry VII who had dethroned
King Richard III in 1485. Dr. Nigri's presentation was followed by a productive
Q & A session.
The English Department at
UJ organized the Chill and Fill event on Tuesday November
22, 2016. Chill and Fill, food for thought and thought for food, is part
of a long tradition of the English Department at UJ. It is an informal
intellectual and cultural interaction that is held once a
year, where students and teachers meet outside the lectures hall to
unwind and enjoy their time. Education's main task in addition to
knowledge must be the joy, expansion, and exploration of self, others, and
the world to create forums for effective communication. UJ is very
keen on creating such opportunities for its students to ensure the
highest quality of education.
A delegation from the Department of Modern
Languages at Yarmouk University visited the Chinese Language Section in the
Department of Asian Languages at the Faculty of Foreign Languages to examine
the possibility of establishing a Chinese language specialization at Yarmouk
University. The delegation consisted of: Dr. Ziad Al Zoubi / Dean of the
Faculty of Arts and Dr. Hussein to leave / Head of the Department of Modern
Languages and Dr. Fan Chao Kang / Chinese language teacher. The delegation was
received by: Dr. Bagdagul Mussa / Head of the Department of Asian Languages and
Dr. Ai Lin / Head of the Chinese Language Section, and Mr. Liu Yong / Chinese
the patronage of Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Professor Mahmoud
Al-Shra’ah, The Department of Asian Languages organized farewell party for Japanese
teacher, Tomoko Matsuda. The Ceremony was opened by Head of the department of
Asian Languages, Dr. Bagdagul Musa, who
thanked Tomoko MATSUDA for her untiring effort and cooperation. The Dean
expressed his appreciation for her effort in improving the status of Japanese
Language at the University of Jordan. After the speech, Tomoko was awarded
Certificate of Appreciation.
With the support and encouragement of Dean of the Faculty of Foreign
Languages, Professor Mahmoud Shra'ah, students at the Department of French
Language and Literature participated, under the supervision of both Dr. Ibada
Hilal and Dr. Akram Odeh, Head of the Department of French Language, in French University
The event was organized in cooperation with The French embassy in Amman
on Monday, 11/28/2016. Several universities, research centers, French
institutions, and Jordanian schools participated in this activity .
The day aims to acquaint students with university life and to introduce
them to higher education disciplines and opportunities of studying in France
especially in the fields of translation and teaching French as a foreign language. Odeh, confirmed
that the event is part of the department's continuous participation in
Francophonie activities in Jordan
Reem Miqdadi (student) said that students had the opportunity to communicate
with different delegates from different universities as well as people in charge at the French Embassy. The students also asked for some information and had the chance to
meet the French ambassador who told them about the embassy's activities and the
It is worth noting that Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Professor
Mahmoud Shra'ah, praised the academic and non-academic activities organized by the students and faculty members at the Department
of French Language and Literature, especially the participation in Francophone activities.
On December 1st 2016, KOICA volunteers cooperation activity,
"Sweet Hands", was organized by the Department of Asian Languages at
the University of Jordan in Amman. KOICA volunteers Cho Moon Hwa and Kim
Mi Ae, who are dispatched as Korean Language teachers, participated in the
“Sweet Hands” is a public campaign which aims at raising the awareness
of the young generation in Jordan about environment protection. The campaign
included a lecture by the Jordanian Minister of Environment, exhibitions,
and various activities. During these
activities, which lasted for more than 5 hours, around 200 students learned the
importance of environment protection and how to keep the environment clean.