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The Vice President for Health Faculties and University of Jordan Hospital, Prof. Lamis D. Rajab, met with Lund University delegation who visits the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at UJ in order to activate cooperation between both sides.

The Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Ziad Hawamdeh, stated that this meeting tackles various cooperative axes such as faculty member and student exchange, conducting joint research, holding a common scientific conference in the areas of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Also, Dr. Ziad Hawamdeh said that this visiting will last for one week in which meetings with faculty members and students will be held in order to review study plans and hold workshops in the field of physical therapy.

It is noteworthy that the meeting was attended by the Director of the Office of International Relations at UJ, Dr. Rami Ali as well as the Deputy Dean and Assistant dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences.

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION, ANNOUNCE THE 10 WINNERS OF THEIR 2013 'FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE' FELLOWSHIPS ACROSS THE PAN-ARAB REGION Fourth Annual Ceremony Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, the Esteemed Minister of State and President of Zayed University Dubai, November 6, 2013 – Ten outstanding Arab women scientists are being awarded with a L'Oréal-UNESCO Pan Arab Regional Fellowship Award worth 15,000 Euros in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science. Founded on the premise that ‘the world needs science and science needs women’, the L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowships are the first international awards devoted to women in science. The program empowers Arab women scientists, highlighting their contributions to the world of science and acknowledging their key role in the development of the region. Plus, the substantial financial awards provide practical help for these talented researchers and inspire future young scientists. The President of the jury, Nabiel Saleh was impressed by the quality of the 2013 applications. ”I would like to thank all the talented scientists and researchers who submitted applications this year. They have demonstrated the impressive contribution that the region’s women are making across all disciplines of sciences. It is an honour to be able to rewards ten of these exceptional women for their work in this field. We thank them for their work so far, and wish them success in their future scientific endeavours.” Thierry Houssin, Managing Director of L’Oreal Middle East thanked Nabiel Saleh and his fellow jury members for their hard work and also commended his partners for their commitment to the program. “This program would be impossible without the ongoing support of our partner, UNESCO, who have worked with us to organize the program and to share the unique opportunities the Fellowships offer. Also, this year, our affiliation with the NRF has been instrumental in increasing our footprint in the GCC and has enabled us to reach even more of the region’s eligible female scientists.” The ceremony was held to honour the new fellows on November 6th at the Zayed University, under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, the Esteemed Minister of State and President of Zayed University. The event started with a cocktail reception, followed by speeches and the presentation of the fellowship awards. L’Oréal and UNESCO joined forces, in 1998, to found the L’Oréal-UNESCO ‘For Women in Science’ program. United by a shared conviction that the world needs science, and that science needs women, the L’Oréal-UNESCO partnership is committed to promoting women in science on a global scale. Since the program began, 57 Award Laureates from 27 countries and 135 International Fellows from 71 countries have been recognized, in addition to the L’Oréal National Fellowship initiatives. The L'Oréal-UNESCO Pan Arab Fellowships program was launched in 2010 to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of the region’s women scientists. Following an impressive first year, the program was extended to include candidates from seventeen Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Sultanate of Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. The 2013 fellows are: Nihad Almasri (Jordan) Assistant Professor at University of Jordan / Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences /Department of Physiotherapy for her work in rehabilitation and pediatric physiotherapy Sherien Elagroudy (Egypt) Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering: for her work in solid waste management including waste to energy conversion technologies and bioreactor landfills Naeema Al-Darmaki (United Arab Emirates) Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the UAE University: for her work using novel solvents and extraction/separation methods Sherin Alfalah (Palestine / Jordan) PhD in natural science; theoretical chemistry: for her work using computers to generate models for chemical systems Sanaa Sharafeddine (Lebanon) Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Lebanese American University (LAU): for her work in mobile networking and computing with a focus on multimedia applications. Ines Yacoubi (Tunisia) PhD in Biology Engineering. Assistant Professor at laboratory of Plant Protection and Improvement, Centre of Biotechnologie of Sfax-Tunisia: for her work in gene discovery linked to drought and salinity tolerance. Fatima Mraiche (Qatar) Assistant Professor: for her work in cardiovascular pharmacology. Fatima Al-Jasmi (United Arab Emirates), Canadian College of Medical Genetics in Biochemical Genetics: for her work studying inherited disorders for inborn errors of metabolism Amira Senbel (Egypt) Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Deputy-Director of Quality Assurance Center, Alexandria University, Egypt: for her work in cardiovascular pharmacology and pharmacology of the lower urinary tract. Saja Al Zoubi (Syria) Ph.D. in Agronomy "Evaluation Development Projects"; Researcher in Syrian General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research (GCSAR); Head of Socio-Economic Studies Research department; and Socio-economic Expert at ACF & ACSAD : for her work to evaluate the socio-economic impact of development projects in Syria , and define the role of technology in scientific research.
HRH Prince Raad, the Chief Chamberlain and president of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, on Tuesday called for real partnerships with the various parties concerned with the issues of people with disabilities. At a ceremony marking the launch of a student-led initiative titled “From Amman, we start”, that was held at the University of Jordan, the prince described the initiative as an opportunity for significant cooperation to provide a better life for persons with disabilities. Through the initiative, university students will work to raise awareness of disabilities and on the rights of the families of persons who have disabilities.
Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences congratulates Dr. Sana Abu Al Dahab from the department of Occupational Therapy on her promotion to Associate Professor
My name is Elina and I am an occupational therapy student from Sweden. I did my fieldwork in Jordan for one month as part of the student exchange program between the University of Lund in Sweden and the University of Jordan. I get the chance to be on different places in Jordan. I was at Al Masar center (pediatric), Jordan University Hospital (neuro/hand), Addiction Center (psychiatric), Al Basheer (neuro/hand) and Royal Medical center (neuro). Dr. Somaya Malkawi, who was my mentor during my time in Jordan, let me be with on a splinting lab lesson. The standard of the splinting lab that Dr. Somaya teaches is similar as we got in Sweden. At Jordan University Hospital there is many hand cases. There is also some neuro case. The students have their own patients that they treat. There are two occupational therapists at the clinic that they can ask and ask for advice. I liked how one student has a patient who makes a salad for training the hand. Al Basheer has more neuro cases than Jordan university hospital. The training for these patients is the same as I Sweden but with different conditions. I get a lot of good experience from Jordan, the students, Dr. Somaya and all the occupational therapists who have worked at the different places. I will bring this to Sweden. I will tell my classmate the differences and similarities, have it in my mind for my future job as an occupational therapist. I will say thanks to every person I have met for your friendly reception. Thanks to all the students who have shown me Jordan from the best side, taking care of me and translate Arabic to English so I can be a part in the discussions. I will also give a big thanks to Dr. Somaya who gave me the chance to come to Jordan and see what occupational therapy is here. If you are a student and read this, get inspired and want to see what occupational therapy is in another country I just want to say; Don’t think, do it! You will have this experience with you all your life. You will know a new culture, meet wonderful persons and develop your experience in what occupational therapy is. This is a good chance to do something outside the box. You will also develop as a person who is very valuable for your life. Thank you Best regards Elina!
Dr. Daniel Rowan (MSc, PhD audiology) from the University of Southampton/ UK presented a lecture on the 2nd of November, 2014 to the students enrolled in the department of hearing and speech sciences at the faculty of rehabilitation sciences. The lecture was about the recent developments in audiology research conducted at the University of Southampton. Dr. Daniel Rowan is the deputy director of the audiology programmes at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Dr. Daniel Rowan is also a lecturer of audiology, with a goal of developing knowledge and technologies that will allow people with sensory impairment to optimally use their hearing to achieve independence.
A seminar titled “Shoulder girdle complex diagnosis & treatment” with Dr. Saad Shaaban was held on Tuesday, 10/03/2015 from 2:00 pm -3:3pm
Dr. Daniel Rowan University from the University of Southampton \ UK gave a specialized scientific lecture titled “The internet café effect: multi-sensory communication in noise”, it was concerning the latest research going at his university back home. The lecture took a place on Sunday, 8/3/2015 at 1:00 pm in the faculty’s auditorium, and was characterized by the presence of a large number of faculty members and students. The summary of the lecture is that children face a higher difficulty to listen to words when there is a noise coming from the back than adults. Also, children’s concentration becomes less in reading when there are people talking at the back. The study also showed that the nature of the noise affects listening as the ability to understand speech becomes more difficult when voices are humane compared when voices are of other frequencies. The Dr. Daniel Rowan has answered the call of hearing and speech department \ Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences for the second time, where he presented this lectuer at the first semester 2014/2015 .

​The Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, in collaboration with the Jordanian physiotherapy society, hosted this years' celebration of the World Physical Therapy Day umder the title of "Adding life to years" on the 29th of September 2016.

This day is celebrated annually and internationally on the 8th of September.

The celebration included talks from the dean of thefaculty Dr Nihad Al Masri, the president of the Jordanian physiotherapy society Dr Saa'd Al Na'san, the former president of the society Mr Modhi Al Haj and the actor and comedian Mr Nabeel Sawalha.

The celebration also included physical activities such as walking in the university campus and activities for children with disabilities.


Mrs Salma Abdel Jaber and Mrs Neda’a Alworikat from the Department of Occupational Therapy had done a training Workshop about sighted guide techniques for 4th year students in the department, on 11/27/2016, which aimed to teach and train the students some of the techniques that used by a sighted guide to help people with visual impairments in mobility and orientation.


The department of Occupational Therapy hosted a workshop on  ensory integration on the 22nd of December 2016 from 2-4pm. The workshop was delivered by Ms Waed Abu Zuraiq, an MSc OT holder from the University of Birmingham and a SIPT certified therapist. 



The Social Committee at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences organized a successful potluck on February 16, 2017.  There was good attendance at the event and we would like to express our deep appreciation to all for participating.


As part of the activities of the athletics committee at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, a football match for the students of the school was held Thursday, 23/2/2017. Twenty five students from the four departments of the school participated in the activity. The committee is presently arranging similar future activities to encourage students to create team-spirit skills and keep a good level of fitness.



The Dean of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Nihad Al-Masri, received a delegation headed by Dr. Elizabeth Axel, Director of the Office of International Relations at Lund University in Sweden.


During the meeting, they discussed ways of cooperation based on the memorandum of understanding between the two universities, and discussed the possibility of providing a grant for students of the department of occupational therapy who wish to spend a full semester at Lund University. It is worth mentioning that the occupational therapy department have received 5 students from Lund University for one month each to conduct clinical training in Amman Jordan during the past three years.​


The speech and hearing clinic celebrated the International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) on the 22nd of October 2017 by inviting clients with stuttering and clients who successfully managed their problem with the help of the therapeutic interventions offered by the clinic. This event was held to share experiences and encourage new clients to take part in the interventions offered by the clinic. The clients had the chance to practice the skills that they have learned during the treatment sessions in public. Speech specialist Lina Al Juneidi supervised the event.​

The department of speech and hearing hosted a scientific lecture titled "A new Arabic speech-in-noise test for young children using an iPad app​" by Professor Daniel Rowan from Southampton University/UK on the 19th of October 2017. This lecture discussed an area of research that is unique as there are no available hearing tests using speech in Arabic till now.

Senior students from the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Jordan organized a community-based activity titled "Fun Educational Activities for Children with Special Needs in Celebration of the World Occupational Therapy Day” on Thursday 26/10/2017 at Nazik Al-Hariri Center for Special Education under the supervision of Dr. Hassan Sarsak. The activity included a variety of games, such as memory, visual-perceptual, and sensory-motor games. The purpose of this activity was to integrate children with special needs with occupational therapy students. It also aimed to improve self-confidence, sense of achievement, level of satisfaction, and increase awareness of both families and interdisciplinary team members at the center about the vital role of occupational therapy in enhancing the capabilities of achievement and excellence for this important population in our community. 95 students with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities aged from 6 to 18 years old participated, and gifts were awarded at the end of the activity. 



Ocuupational therapy students, under the supervision of lecturer Salma Abd Al Jaber, celebrated the national change day on the 8th of November at the Royal Rehabilitation Center at the Royal Medical Services. The celebration included a variety of individual and group therapy activities for adults and children with physical and mental disabilities.


The Department of Occupational Therapy participated in the day of change 2017 by hosting the occupational therapist Waed Abu Zureik to give a seminar on Thursday, 9-11-2017 from 2-4 pm for fourth year students in the department. This event was coordinated by Dr. Sumaya Malkawi and the title of the seminar was:

"Introduction to play-based interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)"


Where the pledge of students was as follows:

"We pledge to offer play-based functional and evidence based services to autistic children according to the latest research findings"


Upon nomination by the Dean of School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Jordan; Dr. Nihad Al-Masri (PhD, PT), Dr. Hassan Sarsak (PhD, OT) from the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences was invited as a guest speaker to the round table discussions of the Project “Enhancement of Physiotherapy Programs through Networking in Conflict Affected Countries” which aimed to develop a Wheelchair Skills Training Program (WSTP) for Physical and Occupational Therapy university students at entry level programs. The project was organized by Al Hussein Society Jordan Center for Training & Inclusion in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and hosted at Al Hussein Society on November 21-22, 2017. Dr. Sarsak presented his most recent research study titled: “Developing of Wheelchair Training Program (WTP) for Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Students at the University of Jordan”. The presentation aimed to launch an outreach campaign to raise local awareness about the availability of the WTP for rehabilitation students and professionals from different disciplines who have clinical and/or research interest in wheeled mobility and seating interventions. Dr. Sarsak reported that the WTP was developed in response to the need of more competent wheelchair professionals and to enhance the quality of service delivery to wheelchair users in Jordan. The main objectives of the WTP are: (1) to develop the minimum skills and fundamental knowledge required by rehabilitation practitioners involved in wheelchair service delivery, (2) for students, to develop knowledge and hands-on skill in the process of identifying and providing wheeled mobility and seating interventions to people of all ages and disability type, and (3) to get the WTP integrated into the regular rehabilitation training programs and curricula such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and orthotics and prosthetics undergraduate programs. Dr. Sarsak added that we are proud to be the first among other universities in Jordan to integrate and provide innovative and more comprehensive educational materials through the WTP to our occupational therapy students as a part of other existing courses workload. At the end of the roundtable discussions, one of the recommendations and outcomes was that the international committee which included members from Jordan, Lebanon, the United States of America, and Canada agreed on adopting the readily available WTP developed by Dr. Sarsak as a good model that could be applied and integrated into universities curricula in the near future in addition to the World Health Organization (WHO) wheelchair service provision training packages, the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) materials, and other resources. Additionally, the committee members highlighted the importance of carrying out an action plan includes conducting a follow-up scientific conference in January, 2018 and more future campaigns to raise awareness of quality wheelchair training that will be targeting both rehabilitation professionals and students from different disciplines at clinical and educational institutions and universities in Jordan. Finally, Dr. Sarsak shed light on the inclusion of wheelchair users to better understand their needs and stated that “we hope that the results of this project and the WTP study at the University of Jordan will improve the clinical practice for future wheeled mobility and seating interventions and have a positive significant impact on practitioners, suppliers, and wheelchair users in Jordan who are the real motivation behind all of this”.



The social, sport, and students activities committee of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Jordan organized a community-based event titled "Blood Donation Day” on Thursday 23/11/2017 at the Blood Donation Bank at the University of Jordan Hospital under the supervision of the committee chairman and campaign coordinator Dr. Hassan Sarsak. Prior to this event, an outreach awareness and promotional campaign has been conducted at our school in collaboration with the office of students’ affairs and the students union. The purpose of this activity was to increase awareness among students about the importance and benefits of blood donation to themselves and to our beloved community. Students who participated at this social activity were awarded with certificates of appreciation.



3rd year students from the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Jordan, under the supervision of the activities coordinator Dr. Hassan Sarsak and the supervisor Mrs. Wafa Ramadan, participated in a community-based activity titled "Purposeful Therapeutic Activities for Wheelchair Users and Children with Special Needs in Celebration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities – Change Towards Safe Environment” on Thursday 14/12/2017 at Al Hussein Society Jordan Center for Training & Inclusion. The activity included a variety of meaningful games, such as memory, visual-perceptual, and sensory-motor games. The purpose of this activity was to integrate wheelchair users and children with special needs with the community and the occupational therapy students. It also aimed to improve self-confidence, sense of achievement, level of satisfaction, and increase awareness of both families and interdisciplinary team members at the center about the vital role of occupational therapy in enhancing the capabilities and excellence for this important population in our community. Over 60 wheelchair users and students with physical disabilities aged from 6 to 10 years old participated in this activity. 



The Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Jordan organized a scientific seminar under the supervision of the Research Projects Coordinator Dr. Hassan Sarsak (PhD, OT) in which a variety of purposeful research projects in the field of Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Occupational Therapy were presented and discussed as a part of the “Research Project in Occupational Therapy” course and as a part of the 4th year students graduation requirements on Sunday 31/12/2017. The purpose of this scientific seminar was to shed light on the most important achievements and highlight the results of the students’ research projects conducted throughout the Fall Semester of the academic year 2017/2018. Furthermore, recommendations for future research studies were discussed with the scientific committee of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the presence of other faculty members and students from other departments who were invited and participated in the seminar.



​Dr Hassan Sarsak has been certified as a trainer for wheelchair service provision by the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). 

He has received a ToT (Trainer of Trainers) Trainer Recognition Certificate from the ISWP which is accredited and recognized internationally from the WHO and USAID.

Dr Sarsak has been chosen as a mentor in the ISWP upcoming mentoring/training worldwide program​.ISWP ToT_Trainer Recognition Certificate.pdfISWP ToT_Trainer Recognition Certificate.pdf


Dr. Ziad Hawamdeh, Dean of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, met with a delegation from the Sharjah City of Humanitarian Services on Wednesday, 24/10/2018 and discussed cooperation between the school and the Sharjah City.  The meeting was attended by Dr. Alia Al-Ghuwairi, Vice Dean of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Yasser Al Natour, Head of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Dr. Lara Khalifat, Head of Physiotherapy Department.



The School of Rehabilitation Sciences / University of Jordan held a workshop in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for students from the department of orthotics and prosthesis


A reception party for first year students at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.


Nashama of Rehabilitation and Ahiba’ Alshari’a teams hosted a breakfast for university security staff in appreciation of their efforts on Thursday November 8, 2018 in the university restaurant. The activity was held in the presence of Dr. Alia Al Ghuwairi, Vice Dean of School of Rehabilitation, Dr. Lara Khalifat, Head of the Department of Physiotherapy, Dr. Adnan Mahmoud Sharari Al Assaf, Dean of the School of Shari’a, and Dr. Jamila Al Rifai from the Faculty of Sharia.

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