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Monday, March 3, 2014

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

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The University of Texas at Arlington announces that it has signed initial agreements with four Jordanian institutions in a first step toward establishing student and scholarly exchanges and research collaborations with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

UT Arlington officials and visitors from Jordan

Representatives from UT Arlington and institutions in Jordan signed new agreements Monday.

The agreements between the University and the Jordanian Nursing Council, Hashemite University, the Jordanian University of Science and Technology and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority in Jordan lay the foundation for further expansion of UT Arlington’s global mission of expanding access and excellence for education and research.

The signings were attended by representatives of the four Jordanian institutions and Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein, mother of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Her Royal Highness helped found the Jordanian Nursing Council and has been honored for her ongoing commitment to the provision of quality nursing through continual advancement of practice and education.

Princess Muna Al Hussein commended the UT Arlington College of Nursing for its “tireless efforts in providing quality innovative nursing programs and emphasizing nursing competencies to meet the challenges of increasingly complex health problems.”

“Our visit will result in a stronger collaboration between your prestigious university, the Jordanian Nursing Council and our Jordanian Universities in areas of science and research,” Her Royal Highness said. “I am convinced that, with the diligent efforts of both sides, our collaboration will yield greater results, and our bilateral ties will embrace a brighter future for both sides.”

UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari said the agreements continue building upon the strong relationship that exists between the University and Jordan. The agreements mark the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership among faculty members, students and researchers and a country focused on improved health care for its people.

“Our dream is that, through the power of advancing and sharing knowledge, our world can be a better place,” Karbhari said. “Whether it is through our commitment to training and empowering nurses, the advancement of allied health initiatives, or the development of physical and technical infrastructure that connects people to resources, our ongoing dialogue will support our common interests in advancing the physical and economic well-being of those we strive to serve.”

The new memoranda of understanding established this week will lead to joint research initiatives, student and scholarly exchanges and other academic collaborations with the Jordanian universities, as well as future joint projects addressing the special sustainability concerns and environmental needs of Jordan.

About UT Arlington 

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more and follow #UTAdna.

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