Amman, 16 April 2018 - Today, the European Union (EU), the UNESCO Amman Office and Middle East University (MEU) hosted the official inauguration of the media center’s new equipment at the Faculty of Media at MEU. As part of the EU funded and UNESCO implemented “Support to Media in Jordan” project, several local radios and universities including Yarmouk and Middle East University were provided with new equipment.
Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammad al Momani, Minister of State for Media Affairs, the event brought together guests for an official ceremony launching the modern equipment. Middle East University was provided with new, high quality radio and TV studio equipment and a media lab, including a full PC lab.
Acting as Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Hani Al Badri, welcomed guests to the celebration. Mr. Ashraf Al Manaseer, Director of Media Training, opened the speeches with his address and introduced a video created by MEU students, demonstrating the impact that the contemporary media equipment and labs have had on students and the media faculty as a whole.
UNESCO has implemented an intensive revision to entry-level journalism, in cooperation with Canal France International (CFI) and as a result, MEU began instructing several new courses. In addition, the EU provided the new equipment as part of a 1.5 million euro contribution to several Universities and local radio stations, designed to improve the ability of beneficiaries to provide high quality media content and train the next generation of media leaders.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Ezzat Hijab, Dean of the Media Faculty stated, “Today's celebration marks the culmination of more than 10 years of fruitful cooperation with UNESCO, which witnessed distinguished successes at the level of study plans, faculty members and improving student participation. I am confident that these efforts will continue through the subsequent stages to activate the capacity of the university in general and the Faculty of Media in particular to strengthen and achieve the vision of preparing and qualifying distinguished graduates in media, and to provide distinguished opportunities for graduates in various media outlets in Jordan and Regional Arab countries”.
UNESCO representative to Jordan, Ms. Costanza Farina addressed the crowd. “By supporting institutions to achieve full freedom of press and free flow of information, we are collectively contributing to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development and to the empowerment of citizens in their crucial role of interacting with the leaders for the fulfillment of their promises”.
Mr. Ibrahim Laafia, Head of Cooperation at the European Delegation, reiterated the EU's continuous support to the media sector in Jordan. “The European Union stands by national efforts to promote the media sector in Jordan and its role in addressing different national development priorities," said Mr. Laafia.
An official ribbon cutting was performed and guests were provided with a guided tour of the facilities. MEU students presented the new equipment, which includes tripods, cameras and camcorders, monitors, headphones, microphones and a radio mixer as well as twenty PCs that make up a media center. Students displayed some of their recent projects and guests enjoyed a photo opportunity.
Since 2014 and across all governorates of the Kingdom, the UNESCO implemented the EU funded “Support to Media in Jordan” project has been aiming to support Jordan’s efforts in advancing Jordanian media to further increase its freedom, independence and professionalism.