I would like to warmly welcome all Arab Open University/Jordan staff members and students to the 2022-2023 academic year. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Arab Open University in Jordan.
The Arab Open University is a blended learning institution that is based on the concept of open learning in terms of its teaching/learning methodologies and messaging of “education for all” and “lifelong learning.” This vision was initiated by HRH, the late Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz who envisioned a university that would provide high quality education to people from all sectors of society.
The blended learning approach of Arab Open University has proved to be very successful, and this success was underscored in the post-COVID era when many traditional universities turned to the Arab Open University for help on how to implement blended learning approaches. This, in fact, shows that Arab Open University does indeed represent the future, a leader in education, using the most advanced technologies to bring to our students the highest quality education in partnership with the United Kingdom Open University (UKOU).
In fact, the AOU is the only university in Jordan that provides high quality education with accredited degrees from the Ministry of Higher Education in Jordan and the UKOU in a very affordable and easy to access context.
The AOU is also about empowerment. We empower people from all sectors in our society, providing accessible, high quality curricula and lectures to people with busy work schedules, people from remote areas in Jordan, women and men who may have missed educational opportunities earlier in life and young people who want a more open, advanced and forward looking education system that is accredited locally and internationally.
Finally, AOU is about community, family and an open door policy. A big hearty welcome to all—staff and students. Let’s get working and learning together!
Professor Tahrir Hamdi
Jordan Branch Director
Arab Open University