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.