Jordan Education

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According to the latest available data from the World Bank, Jordan spent 0.43% of GDP on scientific research in 2008. This was up from 0.34% in 2002, the second latest year for which data is available. Although substantially below levels in the West, this is nonetheless well above countries in the region for which data is available, with Iraq...

Chapter | Education from The Report: Jordan 2014

Jordan has both a private and a public school system. Of the 6355 schools operating in the 2012/13 academic year, 3582 were state schools and 2600 were private. In the tertiary education sector there are currently 10 public and 19 private universities. Foreign enrolment remains high at the kingdom’s universities, with foreign students accounting for around 11% of undergraduates in the 2012/13...

In 2014 Jordan’s population reached 6.64m, as regional turbulence saw an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. Jordan, however, remains stable as it pushes ahead with the political reforms announced in 2011. The economy continues to revive following the global economic downturn, while government commitments to tackle structural issues in the economy bode well for future growth.

The authorities in Jordan are taking steps to reduce the current gap between the university classroom and workplace, while also opening the door to more foreign students.

How is policy being developed to drive a more robust knowledge society? What role is the private sector set to play?

Like many rapidly developing countries, Jordan’s education sector is expected to see a surge in electronic learning in the coming years, a trend that can be attributed to a sharp increase in the use of smartphones and growing internet penetration. The Arab Advisors Group, a research consultancy based in Amman, estimates that roughly 42% of mobile...

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