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Greener Journal of Vocational and Technical Education

Vol. 1 (1), pp. 011-016, October 2013.

  2013 Greener Journals  

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: EB07091304


Technical Education in Jordan: Overview, SWOT Analysis, and Recommendations for Improvement as Special Case


Saad Abo-Qudais1, Mohammad Abu Qudais2,

Salwa Mrayyan*3,  Abd- Motaleb Al-Khadrawi4


1,2Prof. at JUST University.

3Assistant Prof.  at Balqaa Applied University.

4Associate prof. Balqaa Applied University.


Emails: 1aboqdais @, 2maabuqudais @, 4hadrawi99 @


*Corresponding Author’s Email: mrayyan @




The low enrolment in technical education at community colleges compared to that in four and five-year university programmes are the main threat facing the educational system in Jordan. The enrolment rate in community colleges was about 11% in 2005, while, it was 89% in general four and five-year university programmes. 75% of those enrolled in four and five-year university programmes were in humanities and science programmes. One of the main reasons for a low level of enrolment in technical education programmes is the public attitude towards technical education as dead-end applied education with low income and less prestigious position. This paper presents an overview of community colleges education and discusses the challenges facing technical education in Jordanian community colleges. An analysis was performed to determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of this type of education in Jordan. As a result of this study, a general guideline for action plan to improve technical education in Jordan was recommended.

Keywords: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, (SWOT), Technical Education.



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