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.