U.S. Embassy, Hashemite University and the Business Development Center Launch the First University Career Center in Jordan

The U.S. Embassy in Jordan is pleased to announce the launch of the first campus-based career-counseling center in Jordan at the Hashemite University (HU).  The HU Career Center, the first of its kind on a Jordanian university campus, will serve students as they prepare for their professional pursuits upon graduation.

This pilot project, funded by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Business Development Center (BDC), will include professional empowerment training, mentoring, industry speakers and an internship and job-shadowing component.  U.S.-based career counseling expert, Dr. Arnold Bell of North Carolina State University, will provide training and technical support to the program.

It is expected that 100 students and faculty will participate in this program over the next 6 months, learning how to turn their university studies into career opportunities.

This program aims to develop the critical partnership between academia and the business sector, leading to a permanent career counseling presence at the Hashemite University. The long-term goal is to bring career counseling to every university campus in Jordan. Hashemite University is leading by example.

“The United States is proud to stand as a partner in this investment at Hashemite University, which I believe will help prepare graduates to enter the workforce and chart their own professional path,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Jim Barnhart.  “Campus-based career counseling should be an integral part of every Jordanian university campus.”

We congratulate Dr. Kamal Bani Hani, president of the Hashemite University, for his personal and professional commitment to establishing the first university-run career center in Jordan.

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The United States government has several initiatives that work to help Jordanians from communities across the country to gain skills and find employment. “Americana” trains and places youth into jobs in the Americana Food Group chain of restaurants. USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism trains hospitality workers on-the-job to allow them to advance into higher positions. Our Local Enterprise Support provides training to allow those youth with micro and small businesses operating out of their homes to upgrade their products and connect to value chains.

For more than six decades the United States and Jordan have worked side-by-side to improve economic and regional stability, strengthen democratic governance, and deliver essential services to the people of this country.