Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts /UNRWA
The Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts /UNRWA is located on a beautiful hill in Almuqableen in the Southern Western side of Amman. The size of the campus is 103 Donums which is equal to 10.3 hectares. The Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts (FESA) opened its doors for teacher trainees at the beginning of the academic year 1993/1994, with the aim of preparing highly qualified teachers to teach in the Basic Compulsory Stage at UNRWA schools.
It also aimed at qualifying in-service UNRWA teachers who were holders of the two-year community college diploma to become holders of the Bachelor’s degree. Qualifying such in-service teachers was taken into account in conformity with the provisional law of Education Act No. (28) issued in the First National Conference of Educational Development held by the Ministry of Education in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1988.
UNRWA established the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts in 1971 thus it became the Agency’s first institute of teacher education in the region that grants pre-service teachers the Bachelor’s degree. Since its inauguration, FESA strived to be a model for education excellence among all faculties of education and arts in the country and in the region. FESA strives to faithfully achieve its mission and perform its functions efficiently. It achieves its objectives effectively on the basis of ethics and morality and enhancing students’ creativity and principles of reason.
In 2009 two new specializations, namely English Language and Literature and Arabic Language and Literature, were introduced into the faculty and hence then the name of The Faculty of Educational Sciences was changed into The Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts. FESA aims to provide refugee students with high quality university education that enhances their creative thinking and improves their methodology of conducting scientific research. Such competencies and skills are favorably reflected on the graduates’ work performance when they work in schools and the various community institutions.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts aspires to achieve the following objectives:
1- Provide refugee students with high quality university.
2- Prepare competent and highly qualified graduates who can keep up with the latest developments in science and technology so that they can contribute effectively to the sustainable development of their country.
3- Encourage both students and faculty to conduct scientific research with the aim of achieving sustainable development in the country and effectively advancing human knowledge.
4- Enhance students’ attitudes towards education and science, independent thought, critical thinking, making initiatives in educational settings and instilling in them the spirit of team work.
5- Make contributions in the service of the local community.
6- Strengthen educational ties with other Jordanian, Arab and international universities, colleges, scientific organizations and educational institutions.
7- Contribute to the development of thought and sound educational practices.
8- Encourage dialogue, promote the concepts of democracy and enhance cultural diversity among both students and faculty.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts lays much emphasis on quality education and to achieve this goal it has provided its students and faculty with an environment conducive to learning. It has made available all the necessary laboratories and all the strategic and study plans to keep pace with the scientific progress in the three specializations in the faculty.
The college offers many facilities on campus for both students and faculty such as a clinic, an auditorium, a gymnasium hall, internet, cafeteria, language laboratory, a book store and two praying places. There is also a library containing reference books, peer-reviewed journals, and a computerized database rich with references, periodicals and journals. The college also provides students, faculty and the administrative staff with health insurance and insurance against on campus accidents for students.
The college provides students with a spacious atmosphere of freedom and encourages them to get involved in democratic dialogue. The Deanship of Students’ Affairs and in collaboration with the Students’ Council organizes and supervises many educational and recreational activities on campus. Members of the Students’ Council and its Chairperson who are elected in free and direct elections, organize all the students’ activities and takes care of their personal affairs in all aspects of their academic life.