Realizing the importance of the water sector in the overall economic and social development of Jordan, the University of Jordan (UJ) established the Water and Environment Research and Study Center as an independent research unit linked to the university president in 1982. More recently, energy was realized as another strong challenge to Jordan’s economic and social development as energy sources in Jordan are very limited. Taking this into consideration, the Energy Center was established in the second half of 2006 to replace the Renewable Energy Office in order to be a pioneer in the development of renewable energy applications, conduct applied and innovative research that aims at increasing the efficiency in the energy sector and raising public awareness on energy related issues such as negative environmental impacts of traditional energy sources, the need to replace traditional energy sources with renewable ones and the need to save energy.
Vision of WEEC
-To be a pioneer in water, energy and environment research at both the national and the regional levels through applied and innovative research, education, training and outreach;
-To take part in preparing the next generation of leaders in the three critical issues namely; water, energy and environment to deal with the challenge of water and energy shortages by focusing on sustainable options that promotes environment protection; and
-To publish and disseminate the knowledge of renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuel that protects the environment at the local and regional levels.
The University of Jordan
The University of Jordan is both a modern as well as old institution of Higher Education in Jordan. Established in 1962, the University has, since then, applied itself to the advancement of knowledge no less than to its dissemination. In its capacity as a comprehensive teaching, research and community-service institution, the University of Jordan enables its students to choose from a wide range of programs- more than 3500 different courses are offered by some 18 faculties.