Sultan Abu-Orabi, President of Yarmouk University, Senator Talal Abu-Ghazaleh and Saleh Hashem, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities
HE Senator Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) visited recently the Yarmouk University (YU) accompanied by a delegation of executive directors from the Arab Society of Certified Accountants (ASCA). Senator Abu-Ghazaleh was received and escorted by YU's President Professor Sultan Abu-Orabi.
During the visit, attended also by Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) Professor Saleh Hashem, a cooperation agreement was signed between Queen Rania Center for Jordanian Studies and Community Service at the University and ASCA in training and professional fields.
The agreement provided for the establishment of a branch for ASCA on YU's campus to hold specialized training courses in accounting, and other courses leading to ACPA certification, and to serve as an outlet for selling professional publications, books and dictionaries issued by ASCA.
The agreement also provided for the equipment of a special training hall at the YU under the name "ASCA Hall", in addition to the provision of 15 TAGITOP netbooks to the University’s laboratory that will carry the name "Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Laboratory for Information Technology".
The agreement was signed by ASCA's Chairman HE Abu-Ghazaleh and YU's President Professor Abu-Orabi. Attending the signing ceremonies were YU's President's deputies and a number of officials from both sides.
Professor Abu Orabi welcomed the guest delegation hailing partnership between the public and private sectors, as a main contributor in "upgrading our local institutions and development of the society as envisaged by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein."
"We, the academicians, are pursuing more partnerships of this kind, particularly between world of academia and the private sectors to bridge the educational gap," he added pointing out to the significant role played by the private sector in supporting research projects.
"This sector [the private sector] in the advanced world is a significant contributor to more than 90% of the cost incurred by scientific research and research projects," he said noting that Jordan has just made its first steps on the right track in supporting scientific research, which earned the country the third rank region-wide in spending on scientific research.
HE Abu-Ghazaleh welcomed, on behalf of ASCA, such a partnership expressing hope that it will set the example for future joint work between the public and private sectors.
"Such a fruitful partnership will reflect positively on the various production firms and will have good bearings on the march towards development in our country," he said.
HE Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh added "We are working on the establishment of a center for the refurbishment of second-hand personal computers at YU to distribute them again for free among schools and charitable organizations in Irbid."
On this occasion, Dr. Saleh Hashem expressed appreciation of HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh's efforts saying that "Abu-Ghazaleh has set the example for the Arab world in promoting the private sector, particularly through the cooperation between TAGSB and GJU."