The University of Maryland has signed an agreement for a student-exchange program with the University of Jordan that will boost research and the flow of students between College Park and the Middle East country’s largest and oldest university.
The announcement of the pact by University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh comes as a delegation led by Gov. Martin O’Malley visits Jordan on the first leg of an eight-day trip to Jordan and Israel.
O’Malley met in Amman on Monday with the Regent, HRH Prince Faisel bin Al-Hussein, during O’Malley’s first-ever visit to Jordan. The two-term governor aims to increase trade with Jordan, the second-largest market for Jordanian exports to the U.S. O’Malley wants to boost Maryland exports to Jordan. In 2012, Maryland exported $17 million worth of goods to Jordan, making it the 63rd largest market for Maryland exports.
As part of Monday’s visit O’Malley also toured Amman, the Jordanian capital and its largest city, and met with business leaders at a reception hosted by U.S. Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Williams.
“We see great potential to strengthen our export relationship with Jordan, and also promote Maryland as the gateway to U.S. markets for Jordanian businesses,” O’Malley said in a statement.
“It was an honor to meet with the Regent, who, along with King Abdullah II, understands the importance of reaching across borders to explore new trade and investment opportunities that will benefit not just Maryland and Jordan, but the global economy.”
As for the agreement between the University of Maryland and the University of Jordan, Loh hailed the agreement as something that will benefit both schools.