The University of Jordan :: Amman :: Jordan  
Prof. Walid Maani
Professor of Neurosurgery 

Born in Jordan in 1946, he trained for medicine in Egypt and specialized in neurosurgery in the UK where he obtained the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1974. Returning to Jordan in 1977 he worked as assistant professor at the University of Jordan School of Medicine. Became professor in 1987 and later rose to become in succession: Dean of research, vice president for administration and in 1998 President of the University of Jordan. During his term as president he established the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, the King Abdulla School of Information Technology, commissioned the building of two major student dorms and the multi-story car park in the University Hospital. The decision to establish the School of design was passed and the plans formulated. He was appointed minister of health and minister of education and of higher education in 5 Jordanian Governments. He also was appointed a Senator in the Jordanian Parliament. While minster of health he established the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration and introduced national neonatal screening for thyroid disease, and pre-marital testing for thalassemia. While president of university he established the schools of IT, Rehabilitation and Design and Art. While minister of Higher Education he introduced the online national university unified acceptance. He published 30 scientific papers in international refereed journals, and published two books and contributed 3 chapters including the one to be published by Bloomsbury about Education in Jordan.  He holds the Jordan Star decoration of the first order and is an Eisenhower Fellow.