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The Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism and in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German universities on Sunday inaugurated a conference entitled:” burial practices in the Levant from the Roman era until the end of the Islamic era “.


Twenty eight experts in archeology and exploration from local, Arab and German universities in addition to UJ are participating in the conference.


The two – day conference aims to promote exchanges and cultural and scientific cooperation between the University of Jordan and German universities and recognize religious, cultural, social and anthropological identities of Jordan's population through history, according to Dr. Nizar Turshan, Head of the Preparatory Committee of the conference.


Turshan said that the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism represented by the Department of Archeology was keen to start the ​new academic year by holding an event that aims to highlight aspects of ethnic, religious and cultural archaeological sites in Jordan as well as burial practices over ages.


UJ Vice-President for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Prof. Shtaywi Abdullah said the conference is a milestone in the history of the University; as it gathers an elite group of European academics who specialize in burial practices and their counterparts in Jordan and the Arab countries.


DAAD representative, Dr. Thomas M. Weber, praised efforts made by the organizers for the success of this conference.


From his part, Dr. “Christoph Igor”, University of Munich, delivered a speech in which he highlighted the religious practices and rituals that characterized the successive ages starting from the Roman times until the Islamic era in the preparation of the dead from the moment of death until the moment of burial.


“Igor” pointed out that there are clear differences in religious practices in Roman times in comparison with burial practices in the Byzantine and Islamic eras, stressing that religions impose their own rituals in terms of preparing the bodies of the dead and the burial.


Hala Abu Jaradeh, a student at the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism, spoke on behalf of the students and welcomed the participants of the conference, noting in her speech to the scholarship she has obtained from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


The conferees will discuss papers dealing with extensive studies revolve around the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and will review the most prominent burial customs in the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras, in addition to differences that have accompanied each era through related historical sources and results of excavations that revealed these cemeteries in Jordan.


The first day sessions discussed a number of relevant topics presented by researchers related to burial practices of the Nabataeans, and in the Roman era. In addition, it will examine forms and types of coffins in northern Jordan and the continuity of burial practices at the Archaeological site Yamun from the late Bronze ages until the Islamic era.


Moreover, the two Sessions tracked features of burial practices in many archaeological sites scattered in Jordan, such as Khirbet Al Samra, Umm Qais, and Jordan Badia.



The Dean of School of Archeology and Tourism Dr. Nada Al Rawabdih met yesterday on the 25th of September 2017 with a group of visiting professors from the Pazmani Peter Catholic University located in Hungaria. This visit was made possible through ERASMUS+ project . The discussion focused on strengthening the cooperation with Hungarian Universities through ERAMUS+ project. The guests stay in Jordan has been set for a week. Throughout their stay, they will lecture students in different topics in Archeology


On Friday September 29, 2017, Dr. Attila Toth , Dr. Gabor a Hungarian experts in Archaeology and group of graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Archeology and Tourism visited Petra. The visit was under the supervision of Dr. Ismaiel Abuamoud the Vice Dean of the School; The visit included a tour in the city, where guests showed their admiration for the historical treasure of Petra. The trip to the south concluded with a visit to Wadi Rum and they spent some time there.

Participating students from the Department of Archeology, Department of Heritage Resource Management and Department of Tourism Management, the students interacted positively and they exchanged knowledge with the experts. The Hungarian expert’s visit to the University of Jordan came through the Erasmus Plus project.

Under the scope of a joint exchange initiative of the University of Jordan and the Ruhr-University Bochum (GER), accomplished within the framework of the DAAD’s “German Arab Transformation Program”, nine students from the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism were enrolled in a study visit to Germany for the period from Sept. 21st to Sept. 28th. The group was accompanied by dr. FuadHourani, dr. FatmaMarii and dr. PatricKreuz. Entitled “Cultural Resources Management in an international perspective: initiatives, institutions and experiences”, the trip aimed at introducing the participants to current issues and aspects related to cultural resources management and conservation in Germany from the Paleolithic to the Industrial periods. The group visited a series of archaeological and heritage places, infrastructures and institutionsin relation to this field in Mayence, Cologne, Bochum, Essen, Herne, Neandertal and Xanten. Students as well as professors participating to this trip both enjoyed a fruitful visit and amazing experience. 


The Faculty of Archeology and Tourism held a welcoming meeting for the new students on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The ceremony included a congratulations and guidance speech for new students by Dr. Nada Rawabdeh, Dean of the School of Archaeology and Tourism. Also His Excellency Dr. Munther Jamahawi also delivered a speech about the importance of students' role in carrying responsibility and the humanitarian role in preserving the heritage of Jordan , and the future opportunities of the work in the field of archeology, and the integrated role of the School of Archeology and Tourism to armed graduates with the essential knowledge to be able to meet the challenges of the future. The ceremony included presentations of success stories for graduated students of various disciplines, in addition to many paragraphs and events that carry messages and advices for new students.


The Faculty of Archeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan and in cooperation with Jarash Governorate and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organized on Friday 24th of November 2007 the first tourism marathon. A number of students from the Yarmouk and Hashemite Universities participated together with students from the School of Archeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan


A meeting was held with members of the Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association JITOA on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, where they discussed areas of cooperation with the School of Archaeology and Tourism such as providing training opportunities to our students at the Department of Tourism Management and suggest areas to improve study plans to suit the need of the market. The meeting was attended by Dr. Nada Al Rawabdih, Dean of the School, Dr. Ismaiel Abuamoud, the Vice Dean, Dr.Hussain Abu Elasal, Assistant Dean Of Quality Assurance, and Mohammad Oqaily the coordinator of Quality assurance Committee.


Giving books is a great way of helping out other students, the school of Archaeology and Tourism organized donation of books day (Give your Book Initiative) which aims to save money by exchanging used books between students.​


The Department of Tourism Management at the School of Tourism and Archeology organized a lecture on February 20, 2018 in the school premise. The lecture highlighted Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) marketing strategies aiming at promoting the Jordanian tourism assets internationally and developing adventure tourism as a promising new tourism product in Jordan.   

The lecture was presented by Mr. Hakim Tamimi; the director of adventure tourism unit in JTB. The main themes addressed in the lecture were; the significances of adventure tourism at national and international levels and the JTB marketing strategies designed to promote adventure tourism as a unique local product in the marketplace.  The variety of adventure tourism patterns in Jordan were also reported. The lecture was moderated by the Head of Tourism Management Department Dr. Nour Al-okaily. The event was attended by the dean, staff of the school, and crowd of students.

 The event reflects the ongoing collaborative activities between the Department of Tourism Management at the School of Tourism and Archeology and JTB.


The team of Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP) presented an introduction lecture to the students of School of Archaeology and Tourism on Thursday 26/4/2018 at 12:00 in Petra auditorium. The purpose of this lecture is to present to the student the available opportunities at the local market for training and working in different projects at the management and conservation or cultural resources. 


A Team from Academy of Management Sciences visited the School of Archaeology and Tourism on Sunday 29/4/2018 as part of a training course in (Planning and Management of Museums) for the staff of the Military Museum in Abu Dhabi/UAE. The team visited the different laboratories (Cultural Resources Conservation, Pottery, Flint and Mosaic workshop), and they saw the training of students for analyzing and conservation of different archaeological and heritage materials. The team as well visited the Museum of Antiquities and Museum of Cultural Heritage of the University, and were introduced by the curator to the different methods of displaying and documenting the artefacts. ​


A delegation of Italian university - a professors in specializations related to tourism, archeology and geography visited School of Archeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan on Monday 3/12/2012 and met with Dr. Nizar Tarshan, The School's Dean , where he briefed them on the study programs at the college.

The head of the Department of Guidance and Tourism Development, Dr. Ziad Al-Rawadiyah, explained the delegation about the study plans and programs offered to School's students and the mechanisms of their development to improve the teaching level . At the end of the visit, the delegation met with Prof. Dr. Reda Al-Khawaldeh, Vice President for Scientific Colleges Affairs and the Acting President of the University, where they discussed cooperation in terms of exchanging students, conducting joint research and establishing joint academic programs.


A delegation from the University of Jordan participated in the training program in the conservation and restoration of archeology, which was held in Turin, Italy. In Chemistry (3 undergraduate students in the Department of Heritage Resources Management and Conservation) ,From 12/11/2012 to 17/11/2012. Within the activities of the project of the application of some chemical methods in the preservation of the archaeological sits in Jordan "JOCHERA-Jordan Conservation of Cultural Heritage in ERA" supported by the European Union in the Hamdi Mango Center for Scientific Research at the University of Jordan.

The new training program dealt with the preservation of the cultural heritage by modern scientific techniques to diagnose and study the damage of archaeological materials, as well as the foundations for the development and production of new materials for the maintenance and preservation of organic and inorganic archaeological materials and archaeological buildings. The delegation was also briefed on the latest preventive maintenance techniques in museums using scientific instruments developed in the laboratories of the University of Technical Sciences in Turin, Italy. The program included field visits to several archaeological sites where restoration and conservation works are carried out, as well as several archaeological and heritage museums in Italy.​

A delegation from the Paul Gitty Institute for the Conservation and Restoration of Antiquities in the United States visited the Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan.

The delegation met with the Dean of the College, Dr. Nizar Al-Tarshan, and briefed them on the mechanism of the study program at the College. 

Head of the Department of Department of Cultural Resources Management and Conservation at the College, Dr. Ramadan Abdullah, talked about the study plans and programs offered to students and the mechanisms of their development to improve the teaching level of students.

The head of the department pointed out that one of the objectives of the college is to prepare the students in a practical way through mixing the theoretical side of the process.

Dr. Fouad Hourani gave a lecture and a presentation of the practical and field activities of the students, there was a discussion between the students and the delegation

The head of the American delegation said that the visit aims to evaluate the study program in the preservation of cultural heritage in Jordan.And the possibility of joint exchange in the development of study plans for the college and the Institute, as well as to give the practical side in the conservation of heritage, and to identify the problems of the teaching process and access to solutions to qualify students to work in government agencies to preserve heritage.

The delegation met with faculty members and students of the college to find out the possibility of bringing the program of conservation of cultural heritage in the college to the global level.

At the end of the visit, the delegation toured at the College, the Conservation and Restoration Laboratories, the Archaeological and Heritage Museum and the Hamdi Mango Center for Scientific Research and Laboratories.


Within the celebrations of the University of Jordan's fiftieth anniversary and under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Ekhleif Tarawneh, President of the University of Jordan, Prof. Dr. Hani Al-Dmour, Vice President of Humanities Colleges and Prof. Dr. shtiwi Al-Abdullah, Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs, opened a laboratory for the conservation and restoration of antiquities at the School of archaeology and Tourism.

This morning on Sunday, December 16, 2012. The Dean of the College, Dr. Nizar Tarshan, received the guests and gaive a welcoming speech. The opening ceremony included some activities that illustrate the importance of the conservation and restoration laboratory of antiquities. As well as access to the work of students of the department in this field in the laboratory halls.

Dr. Ramadan Abdullah, Head of the Department of Heritage Resources Management and Conservation and Vice Dean of the College, gave a thorough explanation on the stages of establishing the laboratory, the most important objectives of the laboratory and its mission in the training of students, and the maintenance of the holdings of museums of antiquities and Culthure hirteg at the university.

Dr. Abdullah also pointed to the future aspirations of the laboratory to become a distinct unit in the rooting and roof counterfeiting of archaeological materials, as well as holding training courses in the field of archeology maintenance for specialists from outside the university. The opening was attended by a large number of faculty and administrative staff and a large group of students of the department.


In conjunction with its fiftieth anniversary celebrations: The University of Jordan affirms its leadership in tourism and hotel education through its holding of the National Conference for Tourism and Hotel Education in cooperation with the USAID-funded tourism project Jordan - Amman concluded at the Sheraton Hotel in Amman on December 19th.

Under the patronage of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research HE Dr. Wajih Owais and the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities HE Mr. Nayef Al-Fayez The activities of the National Conference for Tourism and Hotel Education under the title of strategic alliances between higher education and tourism industry: Building links between industry, universities, institutes and colleges in the tourism and hospitality sector, organized by the University of Jordan represented by the Faculty of Archeology and Tourism in Amman and the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels in Aqaba Branch and with the partnership and support of the USAID Tourism Project (USAID).

The conference dealt with a number of issues of concern to higher education and the tourism industry in light of the changes taking place in the Arab region and the growing growth of the demand for qualified cadres to work in the tourism and hotel sectors.

The main sessions included several aspects, including the presentation of the main challenges facing the relationship between tourism and hotel education and the tourism industry.The speakers discussed the relationship between the sectors regulating the tourism and hotel industry and between universities, institutes and colleges related to tourism and hotel education, which produce graduates of human resources involved in the industry, thus opening the door to a number of common interests between the two parties. For example, employers in the tourism and hospitality industry are hoping to acquire trained human resources ready to engage directly in their service sectors, requiring enhancement of their practical and applied skills during their education in academic institutions.

On the other hand, academics are looking to equip students with communication skills and the ability to analyze and solve problems by including them in the curriculum.This enhances the graduate's skill in his future career.

The second session aimed at describing Jordan's position in comparison with the global trends in the strategic partnership, which requires a joint effort to develop - and perhaps innovate - distinct programs to solve common problems.

The third session discussed the prospects of cooperation and partnership between educational institutions and the tourism industry, where tourism industry is one of the main economic sectors that are advancing in the forefront of the emerging industries in Jordan. Innovation and development in the tourism industry is the main pillar in enhancing competitiveness and investing the potential available, and this may intersect with the role of educational institutions in stimulating and creating ideas and practices That may benefit the industry. This is in line with the fact that tourism is an industry based on human resources and its role in enhancing the quality of services provided, which is vital to the success of the economic activity of the industry, hence the development of the skills of graduates oriented to the labor market and their ability to analyze and solve problems is essential.

The fourth session was devoted to drafting a framework for cooperation and strategic partnership by presenting the most successful experiences in cooperation and strategic partnership between educational institutions and tourism industry in Jordan as a basis for the national framework for strategic cooperation and partnership.Six key aspects of strategic cooperation and partnership were identified as a basis for the national framework for strategic cooperation and partnership in key areas including: field training programs for students, student projects, cooperation and exchange of managerial expertise, industry advisory teams, graduate recruitment, research work and consulting.

The University of Jordan aims to strengthen its image as a pioneer in tourism and hotel education and as a leading institution in promoting partnership between educational institutions and the tourism and hotel industry.The fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the University of Jordan, in line with its plans to keep pace with the needs of the labor market of skilled and trained workers.

The conference made a number of recommendations, most notably the call to develop practical training programs in cooperation with tourism institutions and find a mechanism to implement this, and to promote opportunities for academic exchange between universities and encourage joint research, in addition to calling for the provision of support programs for tourism and hotel programs in cooperation with the private tourism sector.


Dr. Fawaz Al-Nish, a researcher in irrigation channels and methods at Mosul University, delivered a lecture at the Faculty of Archeology and Tourism at the University of Jordan, entitled "Assyrian Irrigation".

In his lecture, Dr. Al-Naysh called on the experts of agriculture and water resources to study the methods of irrigation and water harvesting in previous civilizations to address the water problem in Jordan. "The problem of water scarcity in Jordan can be addressed by studying irrigation projects in previous civilizations that have passed through the region or neighboring areas," he said. And modern technology in the study of methods of water conservation and environmental protection and preservation of water quality in ancient civilizations. During his lecture, Alnish also received a remarkable participation from students and faculty members in the faculty dealing with water problems and ways of addressing them in Assyrian civilization and the foundations of agricultural production, food security and sustainable development.​