Top researchers honored in Jordan, UAE

Rami Hani Al-Rifai
Rami Hani Al-Rifai (Photo: From Rami Hani Al-Rifai Facebook Page)
AMMAN — The University of Jordan (UJ) honored 35 faculty members, who ranked among the top 2 percent of world researchers, according to a database compiled by US Stanford University, and carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The honoring ceremony, attended by Minister of Education and Higher Education and Scientific Research Wajih Owais, featured UJ researchers from different disciplines, whose research was highly cited over the last five years in the Scopus database.

According to a UJ statement on Sunday, UJ President Nazir Obeidat lauded the researchers' efforts and achievement, referring to "first-class Jordanian scientists, who make an impact and contribute to the world's progress."

Obeidat said a key challenge facing scientific research in Jordan's universities is aligning this effort with creating an economic and political environment that supports excellence, which would increase investment in science and innovation.

Jordan, he said, firmly believes in education-related prosperity based on research and innovation, which still needs new initiatives to build global connections that would qualify Jordan to engage in more influential international research experiences in production areas.

Jordanian researcher honored by UAE University

Among the Jordanian researchers ranked by Stanford University as the most-cited scientists in various disciplines for 2020 is Rami Hani Al-Rifai, associate professor and researcher in epidemiology and public health at United Arab Emirates University.

President of the United Arab Emirates University Zaki Nusseibeh honored Rifai and a group of researchers who were also on the list.

Rifai holds a doctorate in epidemiology from Tokyo University of Medicine and Dentistry and a bachelor's and master’s degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology.  He has participated in several scientific training courses at Harvard University, as well as universities in Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan.

Rifai is considered one of the most active researchers in his field and has published more than 50 scientific papers in international scientific journals and his participation in many local and international conferences.

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