Queen Rania Inaugurates Arab Open University

February 24, 2010

(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department- Amman) Her Majesty Queen Rania and HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdelazeez inaugurated today the premises of the Arab Open University (AOU) in Tareq.

Queen Rania, co-chair of AOU’s board of trustees, along with its chairman HRH Prince Abdelazeez, unveiled the plaque next to the new building which has been equipped with the latest technologies.

The inauguration today was also attended by HRH Prince Raed Bin Zaid, Prime Minister Samir Rifai, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Walid Maani, Minister of Education Ibrahim Badran, President of the Senate, Taher Al-Masri, and other Jordanian and Arab officials.

During the ceremony, a short video about the University was shown and the AOUs anthem was performed by the famous Jordanian singer Omar Abdallat.

The University, established by HRH Prince Talal bin Abdelaziz as an educational non-profit entity, became operational in Jordan in 2002, It also has branches in Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman and Saudi Arabia with new campuses expected to open in Palestine and Yemen.

The new building in Jordan is seven stories and will accommodate a greater number of students who will also be able to study in accordance with the Open Education System.

The Jordanian Branch has also expanded by opening educational centers in different Governorates across the Kingdom to encourage more students to benefit from its current programs.

The AOU offers degree programs in English Language and Literature, Computer Science, Business Administration and Educational Studies. The University is accredited with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as the British Open University.

Since 2002, the AOU in Jordan graduated 3,100 students in different fields.