The U.S.-Jordanian University Cooperation Network (UCN) aims to strengthen strategic and long-term institutional cooperation between U.S. and Jordanian universities and develop new mechanisms for bilateral cooperation that enhance the productivity and impact of university linkages.

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UCN Secretariats/Hubs

At a meeting in Amman in March 2018, UCN members agreed to establish a university-led secretariat comprising two institutional leads to ensure shared governance and facilitate cooperation among members. 

Virginia Tech and the University of Jordan agreed to serve as the first secretariats. This will be for an initial two-year period of operations (2018-2020). 

Together, the two hubs will coordinate network activities, including resource mobilization, and will facilitate communications and information sharing among members. The Secretariat will also assist with continuing to compile a database of research projects and contact information for lead faculty and academic staff on both sides and will circulate information about relevant scholarship and grant opportunities. 

These hubs will improve UCN mechanisms for information sharing on institutional research priorities, including creating a database of member university contacts in the international offices and key faculty members, researchers. 

The Secretariat will also develop a virtual platform to promote UCN visibility. This initiative is governed by a UCN Charter signed by 16 U.S. and Jordanian universities

People talking in Amman
Virginia Tech's Venkataramana Sridhar (left) and Patricia Parera (second from left) meet with Kamal Bani-Hani, president of Hashemite University.