On Wednesday, the 12th of April
2017, Prof. Natheer Abu Obeid, President of the German Jordanian University
(GJU), and invited guests celebrated the opening of the Innovation Space and
the Vocational Training Center of the University during a launching event in
the main campus of the University.
Prof. Abu Obeid welcomed the attendees
of the launching and shared the vision of the university in Education for
Entrepreneurship and Employment and how the university is actively and
continuously focusing on applied education and the engagement of the university
with the industry.
Following the president’s
speech, H. E. Eng. Hani Khleifat, the Director General of the Vocational
Training Corporation of Jordan discussed the Importance of Vocational Training
in Jordan in preparing the youth with the skills to match the job market needs.
From his side as the chairman of
Maani ventures, H. E. Eng. Omar Maani, highlighted the importance of innovation
and vocational education skills for universities that develop high quality
graduates who can excel in the job market. He added also the value of collaboration
between the universities and industry not only to prepare the graduates to the
job market but also to enhance the competitiveness and innovation of the
industry and the economy.
Dr. Ziad Abuelrub, the project
coordinator at GJU, gave an introductory speech about the background of the
launched VTC center at GJU. This center is an outcome of a three-years Erasmus+
project started on Oct. 2015 and coordinated by the Leipzig University of
Applied Sciences. The project is entitled “Vocational Training Center for
undergraduate university students and teachers in Jordan”. Five countries take
part in this project: Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Jordan. Moreover, the
project has five European partners and seven Jordanian partners including six
public Jordanian universities. The project aims at institutionalizing
vocational training within the Jordanian universities so that it supports
co-curricular activities demanded by the market.
The Manager of Program
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Eng. Jamil Al-Khatib, presented the
development of the innovation & entrepreneurship support at GJU over the
past four years since its establishment along with future perspectives and
services of the Innovation Space. He highlighted that the Innovation Space is
composed of two areas InnoAct, which is a co-working space and activities area
for the students who have project ideas and where the PIE team provides
coaching and training, as well as networking with the Jordanian innovation
ecosystem. The InnoLab is the second area of the Innovation Space, which is a
prototyping lab for the students who reached concrete business models of their
project concepts and would like to develop minimum viable products (MVP) to
potential customers and investors. It is worth mentioning that the Innovation
Space services are combined with the PIE services and activities such as the
GJU Hackathons and Ideathons that help students to solve some real life and
industrial challenges leading to interdisciplinary graduation projects.
At the end of the session, the
students of GJU Drama club performed a short sketch about the university
activities in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship.
Following the introduction
session, the president along with the guests officially opened both the VTC lab
and the Innovation Space. Then they were introduced to the services and offers
that the new facilities will provide for students and staff members.
Both programs the VTC and PIE
complement other related GJU units, which foster the implementation of the
university’s vision of “Education for Employment and Entrepreneurship” through
the collaboration with local and international industrial partners towards