How to enhance the cooperation between the university and the industry?

In order to answer this question and to develop goals and strategies for the German Jordanian University (GJU), the president of the GJU, Prof. Natheer Abu Obeid, invited the Deans, Vice Presidents and the Office for Industrial Links (OIL) for a one-day internal workshop that took place on Thursday, 17th of March, 2016.

Since its establishment in 2005, GJU has been focusing on applied sciences and innovation. One of its core concepts is to build a close university-industry partnership in order to connect researchers, students and graduates with the private sector in Jordan, the region and Germany on different levels. Over the years, many collaborative activities with industrial partners from Jordan, Germany and the region were already successfully implemented at GJU. Hence, in line with the motto “together we can do it even better” the workshop aimed at defining the top priorities and necessary next steps to increase the collaboration with industrial partners at the University as a whole and at the different Schools.

The workshop started by highlighting previous achievements, which then were presented and further discussed. Among those are collaborative graduation projects, industrial professor assignments, field trips to factories and industrial internships, conferences and workshops on a national and international level, cooperation agreements with industrial and governmental institutions as well as sharing academic expertise with business partners. Building on these achievements, the participants were asked by the moderator, Eng. Jamil AlKhatib, to define the necessary resources that are needed in order to better support the implementation of cooperation activities. The workshop included lively discussions and came up with clear recommendations, like the establishment of supporting bodies at each School and incentives for staff members to successfully realize GJU’s goals.

GJU is looking forward to a closer and more incentive cooperation with its business partners and invites the industry to participate in upcoming projects and joined workshops.

This press release was published at GJU website

Towards Innovative Graduation Projects

Towards Innovative Graduation Project – Nov 4th, 2015

     JEST hosted ¨Towards Innovative Graduation Project¨ meet up where Jamil Khatib talked to students in their last year from different universities on how to pick a project that will help them in the long run. He talked about the difference between invention and innovation, the need to identify a problem and provide a solution to it. Thus, when they graduate they can benefit from it by: locating a suitable market, getting feedback from the customers, and the importance of intellectual property protection. Mr. Khatib talked about the reason behind the lack of success of many innovation ideas.

JEST stressed out the importance of providing all the support for entrepreneurs, which leads to increase the numbers of the heading companies in the city as well as to accelerate the growth of companies in the process of helping create new jobs and promote the concept of leadership and innovation in the Jerusalem community

Complete news release available at JEST website

ندوة بعنوان نحو مشاريع تخرج ابتكارية

(JEST) نظمت مؤسسة الرياديين المقدسيين للتكنولوجيا والخدمات المجتمعية

JEST workshop

مؤخرا ندوة تدريبية لطلاب الجامعات في مدينة القدس تحت عنوان” نحو مشاريع تخرج ابتكارية”، حيث استهدفت الطلاب في التخصصات العلمية والمقبلين على اختيار مشاريع التخرج في جامعاتهم وذلك من خلال تسليط الضوء على إمكانية الاستفادة من المشاريع وتحويلها الى مشروع تجاري يدر دخلا على الخريج بدل البحث عن فرص العمل.

و قام المدرب م. جميل الخطيب بتسليط الضوء حول الفرق بين الإبداع والإبتكار والحاجة الى ايجاد  الحلول العملية  للمشاكل  العارضة  كي يتمكن الخريج بعد ذلك من استغلال الحل وايجاد سوق مناسب له، كما تطرق المدرب الى دورة الاختراع كاملة وأهمية أخذ التغذية الراجعة من المستفيدين دوما وأهمية حماية الملكية الفكرية.

وناقش  المشاركون المدرب حول قدرة شبابنا في فلسطين على الإبتكار والسبب الكامن وراء عدم نجاح العديد من الأفكار التي يقومون بطرحها، حيث  عزا المدرب السبب الأكبر الى قيامنا بالتركيز على الإبداع التقني فقط مع اهمال حاجة المستهلكين ورغبتهم باقتناء الحل المقدم.

المزيد على دنيا الوطن .. http://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2015/11/16/814568.html#ixzz3rgae4KZV

المزيد على جريدة القدس

AlQuds News Paper JEST- Grad Proj

المزيد على جريدة البلد

Albalad Newspaper JEST- Grad Proj

It is to me; that’s the point.

Few days ago I was facilitating my first Mowgli mentoring workshop in Amman, the Leader Mentor Training Programme (LMT). I was too excited to move to the next level of the Mowgli Experience . Each level and role has its own flavour, lessons learned and relationships.

During that session, I was listening to my colleague Raed while he was explaining the relationship and the empathy between the mentors and the mentees, at that time a scene from my favourite TV series the Big Bang Theory came to my mind (or my internal journalist start to talk to me, a familiar concept Mowgli family members).

I shared the story of the scene to the workshop participants, which I invite you to watch before I continue with my comments. (The transcript of the scene is available at the end)

 

As Sheldon Cooper said in this video “It is to me; that’s the point.” I liked this scene because it shows how the what happens to people when they open up and start to talk about themselves and the real feelings. The role of the listener sometimes it is much harder to balance between being transparent, show empathy and truest worthy. The listener should not focus on the problem from his/her own point of view, it is important to listen to the deep feelings of the speaker as it will help building the trust in the relation.

I liked what Prof. Sheldon Cooper said in this scene “It is to me; that’s the point.” and I will keep it always in my mind and share it with my colleagues whenever I can. In my opinion this is the best Mentor Mentee relationship and I hope one day I can prove it with the success of the mentees

 

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Transcript:

Scene: The apartment.

Sheldon: Here is a hot beverage to comfort you. It’s in a to-go cup. Make of that what you will.

Penny: Come on. It’s still early. Let’s do something.

Sheldon: Well, I have been toying around with an idea for 4D chess.

Penny: How about we just talk?

Sheldon: All right. In 4D chess…

Penny: No. Come on, let’s talk about our lives. Tell me something about you I don’t know.

Sheldon: I own nine pairs of pants.

Penny: Okay, that, that’s a good start, but I was thinking maybe something a little more personal.

Sheldon: I see. I own nine pairs of underpants.

Penny: How about I go first?

Sheldon: But I don’t want to know how many underpants you own. Although, based on the floor of your bedroom, I’d say it’s a thousand.

Penny: Okay, look, here’s something people do not know about me. When I first moved out to L.A., I did a topless scene in a low-budget horror movie about a killer gorilla. Ugh! After I did it, I felt so ashamed. Thankfully, that thing never came out.

Sheldon: I’ve seen that. Yeah. Serial Apeist. Howard found it online the day we met you.

Penny: Oh, God.

Sheldon: And it was literally the moment you walked out the door. But I see the type of personal revelations you’re going for. Okay, here’s one I thought I’d take to the grave.

Penny: Okay.

Sheldon: Hmm. A while back, YouTube changed its user interface from a star-based rating system to a thumbs-up rating system. I tell people I’m okay with it, but I’m really not.

Penny: That’s your big revelation?

Sheldon: Yes. Whew, I feel ten pounds lighter.

Penny: Okay, you know what? I give up. I’m going to bed.

Sheldon: Here’s something else you don’t know about me. You just hurt my feelings.

Penny: What did I do?

Sheldon: I opened up and shared something deeply upsetting to me, and you treated it as if it were nothing.

Penny: I, I didn’t think it was a big deal.

Sheldon: It is to me; that’s the point.

Penny: Sheldon, you are right. I’m really sorry. I should’ve known better.

Sheldon: Your apology is accepted.

Penny: Thank you. How about a hug?

Sheldon: How about a hearty handshake?

Penny: Come on.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 at GJU

During the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2013 I participated with a session at the German Jordanian University. My session focused on students graduation projects and how to develop them to target real industrial needs.

The session entitled: “Towards innovative graduation projects” and the presentation was close to this one

Moreover the GEW inspired me to write an article about the gap between industry and academia. Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

 

Creative thinking program for schools

Creative thinking program

“Thinking is a skill; it can be developed and improved if one knows how”- Edward de Bono

Introduction:

The purpose of thinking is to collect information and to make the best possible use of it. Because of the way the mind works to crate fixed concept patterns we cannot make the best use of new information unless we have some means for restructuring the old patterns and bringing them up to date. Our traditional methods of thinking teach us how to refine such patterns and establish their validity. But we shall always make less than the best use of available information unless we know how to create new patterns and escape from the dominance of the old ones. Vertical thinking is concerned with proving or developing concept patterns. Lateral thinking is concerned with restructuring such patterns (insight) and provoking new ones (which we can call creativity). Lateral and vertical thinking are complementary. Skill in both is necessary. Yet the emphasis in education has always been exclusively on vertical thinking (critical and logical thinking).

In order to practice the Lateral Thinking, De Bono was the first to suggest several methods such as the six thinking hats which supports the human mind to look at problems from new perspectives, which enables finding solutions to problems in different ways and create ideas for novel products.

This creative thinking program will help the youth to learn the creative thinking and how to stimulate their minds to look at problems in different ways to find non-traditional solutions.

Through the course not only techniques related to lateral thinking and six thinking hats will be used but also other techniques will be discussed such as mind maps that can help to visualize the thinking to focus and have overall view of problems.

In order to have creative thinking it is important to be able to collect wide range of information and remember them on demand. For that memory enhancement tools will be studied using creative thinking techniques such as mind maps for visualization and imagination.

Moreover creative thinking is used to generate ideas and solutions for that within this program, some techniques will be discussed to generate new ideas such as brain storming and random words to switch the thinking context. All that will be combined within the six thinking hats technique.

Program objectives

  • Introduce creative thinking techniques (Lateral thinking and six thinking hats method, etc.)
  • Introduce how the creativity can be learned, practiced and stimulated on demand
  • Increase the motivation of the youth to solve problems in creative ways

Target group

 kids of age 14-16 years old

Contents

  • Thinking, creativity and minds
  • Creativity barriers
  • Creativity Techniques
    • Mind maps
    • Lateral and Vertical Thinking
  • Creativity and memory enhancement
  • Ideas Generation techniques
    • Brain storming sessions
    • Random words
  • Six Thinking Hats
    • White Hat (Facts and Information)
    • Red Hat (Emotions and Feelings)
    • Black Hat (Cautious and Careful)
    • Yellow Hat (Speculative-Positive)
    • Green Hat (Creative Thinking)
    • Blue Hat (Control of Thinking)

Sessions:

The program was conducted for 2 groups of distinguished kids of Jerusalem schools in June 2013.

Selected slides of the program:

مواضيع برنامج التفكير الابداعي لطلبة المدارس

–          الإبداع ومعوقاته

–           تقنيات الإبداع

–         الخرائط الذهنية

–         التفكير العمودي والجانبي

–         تطبيقات التفكير الجانبي

–         الابداع وتنمية الذاكرة

–          تقنيات توليد الأفكارو حل المشاكل

–         العصف الذهني

–         الكلمات العشوائية

–         قبعات التفكير الست

–          القبعة البيضاء (الحقائق ومعلومات)

–         القبعة الحمراء (المشاعر وعواطف)

–          القبعة السوداء (الحذر والحرص)

–          القبعة الصفراء (الإيجابية)

–          القبعة الخضراء (التفكير الإبداعي)

–          القبعة الزرقاء (مراقبة التفكير)

Amman Chamber of Industry Innovation Workshop

During the Global Entrepreneurship week Jamil has conducted a workshop at Amman Chamber of Industry entitled:

“Towards more innovative industrial sector in Jordan”

The following shows some slides of the workshop indicating different levels of innovation management

Amman Chamber of Industry published an article about this workshop which can be read below:

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