Abdelrahim Hunaiti

Bio: Abdelrahim Hunaiti, Assistant secretary General, Association of Arab Universities, Jordan

He earned his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Jordan in 1975, his M.Sc. in Microbiology from California state University, Fresno, USA in 1979, and his  Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington state University, Pullman USA in 1983. He worked as a scholar, teacher and administrator, with over three decades of academic and administrative experience and leadership in higher education. He joined Yarmouk University as an assistant professor in 1983; He was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 1987, and promoted to full professor in 1992. He served as a mentor and advisor to many M.Sc. and Ph.D students and taught many courses for both undergraduates and graduates levels. He has wide experience in leadership in higher education starting from being a department head to faculty dean, then vice president and president of three government Universities, namely; University of Jordan 2004-2007, Hashemite University 2008-2009, and Mutah University 2009-2013. He also was the founding president for the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission. He was elected as Assistance Secretary General of the Arab Association of Universities starting July 2018. His research interests include the enzymology of Antibiotics Biosynthesis and Regulation, Environmental Health, the enzymology of various chemical carcinogens, mutagens and xenobiotics detoxification mechanisms and the molecular pathology of oxygen radicals induced illness. He has 47 international publications (34 of these are listed in SCOPUS with 395 citations) beside more than 63 national publications. He served in many national and international councils, committees and societies and he was awarded several national and international awards such as:  the Royal-Order of Al Hussein for Distinguished Contributions of the first Class in 2013, the Von Humboldt Fellowship in 1992, Abdel Hamid Shouman Prize for Young Arab Scientists in 1990 and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) guest scientist visit grant in 1986.

Abstract: “Role of Association of Arab Universities on the Support of Arab Universities to the Developments of Research, Teaching and Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

The association of Arab universities (AArU) is a nonprofit association consists of a network of around 400 Arab universities in 22 Arab countries. In the Association of Arab Universities we stress in the importance of the global higher education community in maintaining contact with academia in COVID-19 Pandemic crisis-affected regions to help maintain a minimum level of intellectual vibrancy. We collaborate with universities in countries involved in structuring an effective response to COVID-19 Pandemic crisis. Currently AArU triggers examining challenges, issues, and trends affecting the developments of research, teaching and learning management in Arab universities due to COVID-19 Pandemic. AArU has made many efforts, such as hosting workshops, conferences and dissemination of news, events and activities to all AArU members and to the media as well to engage them in the ongoing activities that are relevant to the developments of research, teaching and learning during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic. Most Arab universities have replaced face-to-face teaching with distance learning response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This form of distance learning differs from conventional distance learning by being suddenly, unreadily and forcefully implemented, and constituting a globally concerned phenomenon. In this time, distance learning has become an instructional means for all different age groups, from kindergarten to doctoral levels. It is currently considered as a necessity and the sole means to aid universities and schools to face and avoid the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic. Effective quality-assurance procedures are urgently needed to protect learners from the risks of misinformation and low-quality education. Focusing on what really matters to our members at this time we assess the impact of the crisis on our members and found that an urgent need for a practical guide for the quality of distance learning programs to evaluate their online programs. AArU responded to their needs and issued this guide in two languages Arabic and English.