UT Arlington’s global reach now stretches a bit further. New agreements with four Jordanian institutions are the first step toward establishing student exchanges and research collaborations with the key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
In March representatives from UTA and the Jordanian Nursing Council, Hashemite University, the Jordanian University of Science and Technology, and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority in Jordan finalized details of the partnerships. The arrangement eventually will lead to collaborative research initiatives, academic exchanges with the Jordanian universities, and projects addressing Jordan’s special sustainability concerns and environmental needs.
“Our dream is that, through the power of advancing and sharing knowledge, our world can be a better place,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari says. “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.”
Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein, mother of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, accompanied the group to UT Arlington. She had high praise for the College of Nursing, commending its “tireless efforts in providing quality, innovative nursing programs and emphasizing nursing competencies to meet the challenges of increasingly complex health problems.”
In Jordan the princess helped found the Nursing Council and has been honored for her commitment to providing quality nursing through the advancement of practice and education.
“I am convinced that, with the diligent efforts of both sides, our collaboration will yield greater results,” she says, “and our bilateral ties will embrace a brighter future for both sides.”