Jordanian alumni honored at reception in Amman

In the land of Jordan where prophets once walked, Provost Donald Bobbitt recently did a little prognosticating of his own.

“I see Jordanian students and faculty studying and working at UTA,” he says. “UTA has a history of Jordanian students studying on campus. Now they occupy positions of great power in their country. Students want to emulate them, so they have tremendous interest in coming to UTA.”

Mohammed Saad Batayneh (‘80), Nasser Lozi (‘79), Ali Deiry, Salwa Al-Amir, Faruq Al-Omari (‘98), Bushra Batayneh and Hinda Batayneh Shalan (‘79) attended an alumni reception in Amman, Jordan.

Mohammed Saad Batayneh (‘80), Nasser Lozi (‘79), Ali Deiry, Salwa Al-Amir, Faruq Al-Omari (‘98), Bushra Batayneh and Hinda Batayneh Shalan (‘79) attended an alumni reception in Amman, Jordan.

Dr. Bobbitt and Office of International Education Director Judy Young hosted an alumni reception in Amman, the capital city, last spring. A handful of prospective students attended along with more than 60 alumni representing some of the nation’s best and brightest, including engineers, architects and college deans and professors.

UT Arlington Provost Donald Bobbitt, left, and Khaldoun Madi (’82), Wasan Al-Baldawi (‘04), Ahmad Saidat (‘06), Kifah Al-Omari (‘06) and  Rania Al-Omari (‘06)

Left: UT Arlington Provost Donald Bobbitt and Khaldoun Madi (’82). Right: Wasan Al-Baldawi (‘04), Ahmad Saidat (‘06), Kifah Al-Omari (‘06) and Rania Al-Omari (‘06).

Nasser Lozi, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1979, is chief of King Abdullah II’s court and has been called the second most powerful person in Jordan. Meisa Batayneh Maani, who graduated in 1980 with an architecture degree, is founder and principal of one of Jordan’s leading architecture firms and is married to the mayor of Amman, a position appointed by the king.

The reception was held at the Marriott and featured Jordanian cuisine. Bobbitt and Dr. Young presented awards to Lozi and to Hinda Batayneh Shalan, who organized the reception. They also honored Batayneh family matriarch Bushra Batayneh, whose six children graduated from UT Arlington in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Bobbitt and Young visited three of Jordan’s top five universities, signing exchange agreements that enable students and faculty in many disciplines to study and work at UT Arlington.

“Jordan’s current position in the modern world is a center for education and modern technology as well as a stabilizing influence in the Middle East,” Young says. “The country offers a wide variety of potential study abroad opportunities for UT Arlington students.”

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