HEC to stop admission to 42 majors in public universities

Ministry of Higher Education
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AMMAN — The Higher Education Council (HEC) on Monday decided to reduce admission to all idle and saturated majors specified in the Civil Service Bureau by 50 percent in all Jordanian public universities for the academic year 2022–2023, in accordance with the special accreditation criteria, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

In a session chaired by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Wajih Owais, the council approved the nomination of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions, and to suspend admission to 42 majors in Jordanian public universities for the academic year 2022–2023 as a result of a breach of special accreditation standards, or for exceeding the absorptive capacities.

The council discussed the report of the Civil Services Bureau, which includes indicators of the supply and demand process for specializations in the civil service for holders of university degrees or of a community colleges diploma for the year 2022.

The council announced a plan for implementing a gradual timeframe to reduce the number of students admitted to medical disciplines (medicine, dentistry, doctor of pharmaceutical studies, pharmacy) in public universities starting with the 2022–2023 academic year.

The council directed private and public universities and community colleges to create new disciplines required for the local, regional and global labor market, and emphasized that students should enroll in the “technical” specializations required in the labor market, which are offered for admission at the diploma and bachelor levels in all universities and intermediate university colleges, where these specialties will be announced through a special link listed on the website and  the e-mail of the Unified Admission Coordination Unit.

Owais also asked that study plans for all disciplines be reconsidered and developed to include the required functional skills and knowledge areas that enable university graduates to obtain international professional certificates in some disciplines that will increase their chances of getting suitable job opportunities.

The council directed public and private universities and colleges to continue working to develop university requirements, including courses that are compatible with the requirements of the labor market, namely: leadership and innovation, leadership and social responsibility, life skills, digital skills, communication skills (English, Arabic), and environment and sustainability education.

The council also requested intermediate colleges, and the public and private Jordanian universities to provide the Higher Education Council with annual reports that include the numbers of graduate students from each university/college and their employment rate in the Kingdom and abroad, distributed according to specializations.

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