Deal will see creation of medicine faculty in Red Sea city.
The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), represented by Chief Commissioner Kamel Mahadin, the Aqaba Development Corporation, represented by its CEO Ghassan Ghanem, and Italy's University of Palermo, represented by Chancellor Roberto Lagalla, signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday in Aqaba, Jordan.
"This agreement is a result of, and a continuation of, our efforts to develop cooperation with Italy that were launched as part of my recent visit to Sicily where we signed three agreements with different entities," Professor Mahadin said. "Our efforts were rewarded by the signing of an agreement that will eventually see the establishment of a faculty of medicine at the university of Jordan in Aqaba".
Mahadin stated that both ASEZA and its central development arm, the ADC, prioritize the health and education sectors in Aqaba as key factors in the region's development process. Professor Lagalla said the University of Palermo was globally aware, accessible and responsive to the many people it serves, and fully integrated into the intellectual, social, and economic development of Palermo, while delivering excellent teaching, research, and service programmes.
He spoke of the university's wish to develop and advance cooperation with the university of Jordan, ASEZA and ADC, not only for the great benefits that this exchange of knowledge and experience can achieve, but also to contribute to developing Aqaba. The agreement's scope of work revolves around launching an exchange program in which people nominated by each party shall be appointed after conducting the necessary due-diligence to bring added value in necessary areas of experience to help enhance exploitation of the created opportunities.
The parties also agreed that the "Medical School" (the faculty) will be able to help transform Aqaba into a medical, educational and operational hub via the allocation and guarantee of access to the top-notch European Union Medical Universities pool that shall give immediate post-graduate preference and access to the graduates of the faculty - subject to rules followed in Italy and the European Union.