Advancement of Higher Education and Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Jordan’s message to the world
Higher education
Higher education

Higher education is never a luxury. It is rather willpower on the part of nations and individuals and a way of life towards building a sustainable future. In this sense, the international educational trend, whether in the United States or Europe has defunct the solo educational approach, which focuses on a certain academic programme regardless of its relations with other academic disciplines. This growing trend calls for embracing interdisciplinarity that is to involve the combination of multiple academic disciplines into one programme or even in academic project and research. The idea is to embroil knowledge and skills from several subjects and academic programmes to make them more appealing to students and learners in general.

This trend also encourages, and in some instances, requires collaboration across departments, colleges and universities within the borders of one nation or farther with other international universities and institutions.

Hence, the 14th International Conference on Education: Navigating Future Strategies for Advancing Education and Interdisciplinary Perspectives held on May 21-22,2023 in Jordan, and hosted by Tafila Technical University (TTU) in collaboration with its partners Bridgewater State University (BSU), USA, and Sidi Mohmad Ben Abdulla University (SMBU), Morocco, came as a direct response to this international trend. In fact, the conference was designed to discuss the characteristics of interdisciplinarity, its inclusivity, and its innovative approach. Thanks to the support of the US Department of Education, Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages, in providing a grant for accomplishing this achievement and allowing the participation of four BSU undergraduate students to present their research at the conference.

Strongly advocating future strategies for advancing interdisciplinary education with thoughtful perspectives, researchers from the US, Jordan, Morocco, India, and Kuwait delved deeply into the details of this new vision for interdisciplinarity and educational vision.

In his remarks, Atef Saleh Almashakbeh, the vice president for Academic Affairs of TTU praised the conference’s call for bringing to shore the latest and best international practices in education with an outlook on the future. Meanwhile, the vice president for Operations at BSU, Karen W. Jason underscored the need to infuse technology for collaboration on local, regional, and international levels.

Jason also shed light on experiential learning, Bridgewater State Collaborative University Business Experiences initiative, and the sustainability programme. Echoing the idea of inclusiveness and new perspectives, Ahmed Al Qarareh, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences at TTU said “the conference and its more than 45 research papers addressed many themes including curriculums, special education, teaching methodologies, and laid out a plan for futuristic vision including higher education and the strategy of social responsibility, and education open resources.

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