Business Education in the World Islamic Sciences &Education University and Jordan University - a Case Study from the Arab World

Khaled .K. Alafi, Qasem .I. Alshaar, Waiel Alkayed


Following an introduction to the Middle Eastern nation in its context is a map showing the location and distribution of major universities. The aim is to outline the Jordanian business education system in general then contrast a public and private university to illustrate the system. Findings show public universities are more than twice as overcrowded as private and there is generally a high unemployment rate for university graduates particularly in humanity fields and for women. However business education has about one quarter of graduates not officially accounted for in available employment figures. Ten to 15% of students in business faculties are from outside Jordan, demonstrating the importance of education as an income source for this poor nation otherwise lacking natural resources. However the downside of 20% of GDP invested in educational provision is the more than 20% graduate brain drain to the neighbouring nations and abroad. To conclude, tertiary problems are summarised together with resulting challenges, Ministry strategic plans and recommendations.

Keywords : Jordan , WISE , Jordan university , Business Education , Arab world

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