Applied Science Private University (ASPU): Bringing Tomorrow’s Tech Specialists to the World’s Attention

Applied Science Private University (ASPU) was established in 1989 to prepare students from Jordan and abroad to become specialists in technological fields. It is the first Jordanian university to achieve a gold level quality assurance certificate from the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions.

ASPU was one of the first private universities to be licensed by Jordan’s Ministry of Higher Education, and the first Arab university to receive the ISO 9001 certificate for quality assurance.

Over the years, it has become one of the strongest private universities in the Middle East. Its aim for excellence in the fields of science, research and community service has benefitted the kingdom – and its neighbours.

“Over the years, it has become one of the strongest private universities in the Middle East.”

There are nine faculties: Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy, Business, Information Technology, Law, Art and Design, Nursing, and Shariah and Islamic Studies. ASPU offers 31 Bachelor and seven Masters programmes, and some 6,000 students from 53 countries are enrolled.

The number of faculty members stands at 240, with more than 200 holding a PhD. The university offers annual scholarships – 140 this year – to students wanting to complete PhD studies at some of the world’s top 500 universities.

Recent achievements include a four-star QS rating of the top 100 universities in the Arab world, the first private university in the Middle East and Jordan to do so. It achieved five-star status for Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities, and Inclusiveness.

ASPU is a founding member of the Make Impact Consortium Alliance led by the MIT, and its Faculty of Pharmacy is the first in the Middle East to obtain ACPE accreditation. It is the first Jordanian private university certified by the international American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for all of its engineering programs, and the computer science programme also achieved ABET certification.

ASPU is the only university in Jordan that has obtained the National Accreditation for seven of its nine faculties, with the Faculty of Pharmacy the only one in Jordan to obtain gold certification. Faculties of Information Technology, Engineering and technology, Arts and Design, Faculty of Business and Nursing obtained silver status.

ASPU is the only private university in Jordan linked to an educational hospital, the private Ibn AlHaytham. The ASPU has partnered with a company which specialises in the treatment of brain tumours using a technique pioneered at Ibn Al-Haytham.

The Faculty of Business has been granted Eligibility Approval by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Faculty of Law has obtained the accreditation from Hcéres (High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education).

Applied Science Private University publishes The Jordan Journal of Applied Science, which publishes the Natural Science and Humanities series. It has the highest number of publications on the Scopus database –more than 1000 papers. ASPU has several MOUs and agreements with establishments including the University of Sydney and UCL.

There is an active student and academics exchange with Turkey, the UK and Cyprus, and ASPU students have distinguished themselves in international competition.

The university is rightly proud of its state-of-the-art teaching and research-based laboratories, virtual pharmacy, renewable energy centre, Arts and Design Exhibition Centre, Student Activity Centre, conference hall, Olympic stadium and mosque.

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