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26-02-1966 to 20-08-1968
01-06-1978 to 20-09-1980
Prof. Naser Ed-din Al-Assad was born in Aqaba in 1923. He earned the higher certificate and diploma in education from the Arabian College in Jerusalem from 1941 to 1943. In addition, he earned the bachelor and masters degree in Arts from Cairo University while he was granted his PhD in Arts in 1955.
 
Prof. Al-Assad was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Libyan University in Benghazi during the period from 1959 until 1961, then he was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Jordan from 1962 to 1966.

In 1966, Prof. Al-Assad was appointed as the president of the university of Jordan until 1968, then he was re-appointed as UJ's president from 1978 to 1980.

Also, Prof. Al-Assad was the ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan while working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the president of The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and the Minister of The Ministry of Higher Education in Jordan.
 
Prof. Naser Eddin had a significant membership in the academy of Arabic in Cairo, Damascus and Jordan. In the literary field, he wrote six books, published eighteen researches, translated one book and edited another.
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18-08-1971 to 10-06-1976
21-09-1980 to 09-07-1989
Prof. Abdul Salam Al-Majali was Born in AL-Karak in 1925. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Syria in 1949. Prof. Al-Majali obtained his Diploma in Ear, Nose and Throat Treatment from the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians in 1953.

 
Prof. Al-Majali received several appreciation and fellowship certificates from significant institutions such as the American College of Surgeons in 1960, an honorary doctorate from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in 1974, the Royal College of Physicians in 1986 and the Islamic Academy of Sciences in 1986. 

Prof. AL-Majali began his career in the Arab army as the head of the main military hospital. During the period from 1956 to 1959,  Prof. AL-Majali was the Consultant for nose, ear and throat, then he was appointed as the director of Royal Jordanian Medical Services from 1960 to 1969.

In 1971, Prof. AL-Majali was appointed as the president of the University of Jordan until 1976 and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine until 1973.

In September, 1980 Prof. AL-Majali was reappointed as the President of the University of Jordan until 1989.

He held several renowned positions including Minister of Health, Minister of Education, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Prime Minister during the period from 1993-1995 and 1997 to 1999.
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21-08-1968 to 15-08-1971
Prof. Abd AL-Kareem Khaleefah was born in 1924. He earned a bachelor degree in Arabic language from the High College of Teachers in Baghdad in 1946, a PhD in Arts from the Arabic language Department at The University of Paris in 1954.
 
Prof. Khaleefah worked in the Arabic language field from 1956 until 1963 then he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Jordan.
In 1966 Prof. Abd AL-Kareem was promoted to the rank of professor. After two years, he was appointed as the president of the university of Jordan until 1977.
 
Many significant books, published researches and French books were written or translated by Prof. Abd AL-Kareem Khaleefah .
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10-06-1976 to 06-04-1978
Prof. Ishaq Ahmed Farhan was born in AL Khalil in 1934. He earned the bachelor and master's degrees in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut in the years 1957 – 1958.
 
Also, he earned a masters degree and PhD in education from Columbia University where he studied from 1962 to 1964.

From 1964 to 1969, Prof. Farhan was the head of curriculum and books department in the Ministry of Education, the Director of Educational Services and a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Shari'a at the University of Jordan in Amman.
 
In addition, Prof. Ishaq served as the minister of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs . 
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17-08-1991 to 20-08-1998
Prof. Fawzi Gharaibeh was Born in Irbid in 1943, he earned a B.A degree in Business from Cairo University, Egypt in 1965, a MBA from Texas Tech University, United States of America in 1968 and a PhD in Business Administration philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - United States in 1972.
 
Prof. Gharaibeh held several academic positions at the University of Jordan including Head of Accounting Department 1974-1975,  Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Economy and Trade 1975-1978, Assistant Professor 1972-1976, Associate Professor 1976 – 1981 and Professor 1981, he was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences 1983 – 1986 and the Vice President for Administrative Affairs 1986 - 1990. In 1991 he became the president of the University of Jordan until 1998, after that he was appointed as the Minister of Education 1998-1999.
 
Prof. Gharaibeh has many publications, research and studies in both Arabic and English languages, he has been a Visiting Scholar at Portland State University, United States of America and a visiting Scholar at LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, United States of America. Prof. Gharaibeh has many significant memberships in many Councils and scientific committees.
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10-07-1989 to 16-08-1991
Prof. Mahmoud Samra was Born in Tantura, Palestine in 1923, he earned a Bachelor degree in Arts from the University of Fouad I of Cairo in 1950 and a doctorate degree in Arabic Studies from the Institute of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1958. In 1964 he was promoted to an Associate Professor rank, then into a professor once in 1966. In addition, he was awarded An honorary professor rank in 1992.

Prof. Samra held several academic positions such as deputy editor of "Araby" magazine in Kuwait, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts during 1968 to 1973 and from February to June 1983, the Vice President of the university of Jordan and the President of The University of Jordan from 1989-1991, after that he became the Minister of the Ministry of Culture from 1991 to 1993.
 
In the cultural Field, Prof. Samra has made many contributions. He has many studies and research, books, translations, books and notes, he has active participations in a number of institutions and cultural ties; So as he earned several medals and awards for his great efforts.
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20-09-1998 to 15-01-2002
Prof. Walid Maani was Born in 1946, Karak, he studied at Al Hussein College, Amman from September 1960 -- June 1963  and at Alexandria Medical School, Alexandria University from September 1963 -- June 1969. He earned a Diploma of General Surgery in  October 1970.
 
In 1975 he earned the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Of Edinburgh.
 
Prof. Maani trained in several renowned institutions in Egypt and England including Alexandria University Hospital and Ministry of Health Hospitals, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary Stoke-on-Trent, Leeds General Infirmary, Brook General Hospital, Leicester General Hospital and Atkinson Morley's Hospital .
 
Prof. Maani was appointed in the University of Jordan in 1978 and  held several academic and administrative positions in the university of Jordan such as Professor of Neurosurgery Associate, Professor of Anatomy, the head of Neurosurgery Department, the head of Neurosurgery, the head of Accident and Emergency Department, the head of Special Surgery Department at the university of Jordan Hospital.
 
In addition, He was the Chairman of Graduate Department for Medical and Health Sciences, the deputy Dean of the faculty of Medicine, the  Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Research, the Vice President for administrative affairs  at the university of Jordan.
 
In 1998 he was appointed as the president of the University of Jordan until 2002.
 
Prof. Maani has significant memberships in many boards, scientific committees as well as scientific and medical institutions nationally, regionally and internationally. 
 
Professor Maani was Minister of Health in 2003, Minister of Higher Education in 2002, 2009 and 2010, he was also Minister of Education in 2009 and a Member of the ٍHouse of Senators in 2008.
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11-02-2002 to 02-12-2004
Prof. Abdullah Al-Musa was Born in AL-Mansi in Palestine in 1948, he earned a bachelor's degree in pesticides from the University of Alexandria in Egypt in 1971, a Master degree in horticulture from the American University of Beirut in 1975 and a PHD in virology from the University of Washington in the United States of America in 1979 .

 
He was appointed as a Research and Teaching assistant at the University of Jordan in 1975 and as an assistant professor from 1979 to 1984. After that he was promoted to a professor rank in 1991.
 
Prof. Abdullah Al-Musa  held many academic and administrative positions including, the head of prevention Department at the Faculty of Agriculture from 1989 - 1992, the deputy Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1993 - 1997 , the dean of the faculty of Agriculture from 1997-1999 and the Vice President for scientific and medical faculties and institutes.

 
In 2002 he became the president of the University of Jordan.
 
Prof. Abdullah Al-Musa was a Member in the Board of Directors at Jordanian – American Commission for Educational Exchange in Fulbright, the screening committee of the Fulbright and in the administrative council of the National Centre for Biotechnology. 

 
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05/12/2004 to 30/05/2007
Prof. Hunaiti was Born in Amman in 1952. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Jordan, a Masters degree in Microbiology from the University of California, Fresno, USA, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Washington State University, Pullman, United States of America.
 
Prof. Abdelrahim started his academic life as a teaching and research assistant at the Washington State University. At Yarmouk University, he slowly climbed the scientific and administrative ranks where he then became a professor in 1992.

Prof. Hunaiti moved to the University of Mu’tah to become the Dean for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies between the years 1993 -1994. He then assumed various academic and administrative positions; some of them include being the Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Projects, in addition to being the Vice President for Scientific Faculties. He remained in Mu’tah University until April of the year 2000, where he then relocated to Philadelphia University.

In 2004, he was appointed as the Vice President of Philadelphia University, before returning to the University of Yarmouk as the Dean of the Faculty of Science.

In November 2004, he was appointed as the General Manager for the Council of Higher Education Accreditation in The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

In December 2004, Prof. Abdelrahim was appointed as the President of the University of Jordan until May 2007, thereafter moving to become the President of the Accreditation Commission of Higher Education and then becoming the President of Mu’tah University.
 
Prof. Hunaiti published more than thirty-eight researches, studies and books in scientific journals in which some of them were published in the shape of specialized books issued by Arab universities.
 
He won the Abdel-Hamid Shouman Prize for Young Arab Scientists and was granted the DAD German scholarship in 1986, the Third World Academy in 1987 as well as the Von Humboldt Fellowship in 1992.

He has many significant memberships in several scientific committees, councils as well as academic and administrative boards of trustees and the Council of Higher Education.
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31/05/2007 to 27/07/2010
Prof. Khaled Al-Karaki was born in AL- Karak in 1946. He earned a bachelor’s and master degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of Jordan in the years 1965 and 1977 respectively. He received a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from the Faculty of Oriental Studies from Cambridge University in England in 1980.

Along with his teaching responsibilities, Professor Al-Karaki held many key and prestigious administrative positions at the University of Jordan and Jordan in general. He started working at the University of Jordan in 1980 as an assistant professor and was later promoted to associate professor in 1987, where he stayed until 1996. He was the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Arts, editor of the cultural magazine and the Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Jordan. He became President of the Jordanian Writers' Association (1985- 1990), Minister of Culture and Youth; Minister of Culture and Information; Minister of Culture and Higher Education in successive cabinets (1989-1991), and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information (1995-1996), Advisor to His Majesty, Late King Hussein, Chief of the Royal Court, Chairman of Board of Directors of Jordan Press Foundation (Al-Rai Newspaper), Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Albeit Foundation for Islamic Thought and between the years 1997-2000, he worked as an Arabic professor in the University of Petra.
 
In 2007 he was appointed as the president of the University of Jordan.
 
Professor Al-Karaki commenced his experience in the academic sphere at the University of Jordan. He also served as the President of Jerash Private University in 2001.
 
Professor Al-Karaki has taken part as an active member and chairman of numerous high-ranking committees, associations and councils, such as: the Jordanian Writers' Association, the Arab Association for Comparative Literature, Al-Albeit Foundation, the Higher Committee for Declaring Amman Capital for Arab Culture, the Committee for Preserving the Arabic Language, the Jordan Academy for Arabic, etc.
 
Professor Al-Karaki published many researches, studies and numerous articles relating to the field of Criticism, Poetry and Investigation and obtained many prestigious grants and awards.
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15/09/2010 to 01/02/2012
Prof. Adel Tweissi was Born in 1953 in Mafraq. In 1978, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan. In 1984, he earned his M.A. in Linguistics from Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA while in 1987 he received a PhD in Linguistics from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
 
Internationally, he taught Arabic to foreign language speakers for three terms at Michigan State University during 1982 – 1984, then he taught Introductory Courses in Linguistics at the University of Michigan for four semesters from 1984 – 1987.
 
Nationally, Prof. Tweissi held various prestigious positions. His start was in Mu’tah University in 1987, where he was an assistant professor in the English Language and Literature Department from. He rose through the ranks to become a professor the same year he was employed, impressively breaking a record time-wise. In 1990, he became an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Mu’tah University before becoming Deputy Dean of Student Affairs at Mu’tah University in 1991, then he was promoted to become the Dean of  the  Faculty of Arts from 1992 – 1994. From 1996–1997, he was the Dean of the  Faculty of Science and Arts at  Mu’tah University / Ma’an Branch, while he was the assistant President for Development Affairs at Mu’tah University from 1995 – 1996.
 
In 1999, he was appointed as the President of Al-Hussein Bin Talal University until 2004. During that period, he made significant efforts in developing the university through promoting scholarships.
 
In 2004, Prof. Tweissi was appointed as the Secretary General (Deputy Minister) of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. On 23/5/2005, he was established as the President of Al Al-Bait University. After 7 months, he became the Minister of Culture from 27/11/2005 – 26/11/2007.
 
On September 2010, Prof. Tweissi was appointed as the president of the University of Jordan. In this stage of his prospering career, so rich with expertise and experience, he wanted to reflect upon the university’s fiftieth anniversary which has accumulated its many achievements over the last five decades.
 
And so, he then reviewed several legislations, regulations and principles governing the operation of the university and launched the first strategy of transferring UJ into a research university. In addition, he has placed top priority on reviewing the structures of centres, institutes and units at UJ.
 
At the level of students, he encouraged the students to be more responsible towards the university through participating in student union elections.
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25-03-2012 to 28-3-2016
Professor Ekhleif Y. Tarawneh became the twelfth President of The University of Jordan in March 2012.  His vision is to transform the University into one with international stature that adopts and maintains the highest research, educational, administrative and service standards and procedures, and that will transforms its students, faculty and staff into global citizens capable of meeting domestic, regional, and global challenges.


Prof. Tarawneh earned a B.A. degree in Public Administration from The University of Jordan, a Diploma in Business from Milan, Italy, an M.A. in School Administration and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Emporia State University, and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Kansas. He held many Key administrative positions including Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mu'tah University, President of the Higher Education Accreditation Commission, and President of Al-Balq'a Applied University.  He received several national and international awards and honors.


Prof. Tarawneh is a member of several national and international associations and boards and served on numerous committees including the Higher Education Council and the Fulbright Commission.  He also chaired the Board of the Arab Council for Training Students of Arab Universities, the Board of Directors of Al-Balq'a Electronic Academy, and the Board of Directors of the Palestinian Universities Support Fund. He has extensive expertise in higher education policy and administration, strategic planning, institutional development, international education and exchanges, learning and technology, total quality management and benchmarking in education.

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