Inside View IV.3.3 University initiatives in the Arab world: spotlight on Jordan


The atmosphere of the Arab Spring has amplified the importance of youth enfranchisement and engagement in all parts of the Arab World, including the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The events that took place in the region in 2011 contributed substantially to the public’s realization that youth need to be encouraged and empowered. At the same time, social media opened the eyes of youth in Jordan to their peers’ efforts throughout the region. Soon Jordan was bubbling over with new initiatives harnessing some of this energy for positive changes in Jordan. Jordanian youth feel that the sky is the limit in the demands they have for their country and futures. This dynamism is palpable in a country where 77% ofyouth believe that the best days are ahead of them (ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, 2013).

Danielle Feinstein
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  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government