University admissions must remain under ministry’s remit

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
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AMMAN — Student admission in public universities should remain the remit of the Unified Admission Coordination Unit at the Ministry of Higher Education, and not of individual universities, lawmakers stressed.اضافة اعلان

Talib Al-Sarayrah, head of the Parliamentary Education and Youth Committee in the House of Representatives, rebuffed public calls that admission to state universities be transferred to the institutions themselves, out of concerns that “there would be nepotism and wasta”.

Currently, applicants, whether in Jordan or abroad, are required to send their applications to the national committee. Student admission is competitive and subject to conditions set by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

“Public universities want to have a say in the admission process, but they are not prepared to do that,” Sarayrah told Jordan News, expressing concern that people may be using connections to obtain university admissions.

“The Ministry of Higher Education is responsible for determining the mechanism for admission and communicating it to universities,” Sarayrah said, stressing that turning the admission responsibility to the higher education institutions will “burden them with additional work, which is not their specialty”.

The student admission in all public universities must remain the responsibility of the Unified Admission Coordination Unit, he stressed, because it “deals with all applications submitted for admission to university with transparency and integrity, and enjoys great confidence”.

Sarayrah said that the idea of handing over responsibility to universities was circulated at a recent meeting with the ministry, which also confirmed that universities are not prepared, for now, to deal with this.

Zaid Al-Bashayrah, assistant chairman of the Accreditation Commission for Higher Education and Quality Institutions, said the commission wants to see “procedures carried out with transparency, so that justice is done to everyone”.

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