Prof. Bahman Azarhoushang, faculty member of the Furtwangen University and head of the KSF institute, and one of the researchers in the KSF institute, Mr. Ali Zahedi, have studied their Master degrees in Sharif University of Technology, where Dr. Alireza Mokhtar, the current faculty member of the Shiraz University of technology, has also studied and graduated from. Dr. Mokhtar was working in the field of machining control and automation which led to a closer academic relationship with the manufacturing department at Sharif University of Technology. This relationship has been kept throughout recent years through technical consulting and industrial proposals in Iran. Dr. Alireza Mokhtar was the founder and editor of one of the most successful satirical-social university journals (Nish-e-Shotor) in Iran, which was published until the date of his graduation and had found its place among the students and professors. Regarding his professional background and social and international experiences, his contribution to the program would be of significance.

As one of the most international universities of applied sciences in Germany, the Furtwangen University works in close relationship with over 140 partner universities worldwide. The cooperation with the German Jordanian University has been one of the most successful international experiences. The two universities host each other’s students yearly. As The German Jordanian University offers 3 professional bachelor and master courses in German, the integration of the students from Jordan has been always easier than the students coming from most of the other partner universities, in the summer semester 2014 two senior students from the German Jordanian University were working in the KSF institute on their projects. This experience, in parallel with the information from the university gave rise to the idea of collaboration, which was accepted by the two institutions.

Furtwangen University (HFU)

Furtwangen University– Mechanical and Medical Engineering Faculty (MME)

Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1971. At the moment over 6000 students in 13 fields are studying at Furtwangen University where about 36% of them are female and about 14% are foreign students. In 2001, when Furtwangen University had about 2900 students, the percentages of female and foreign students were about 23% and 12%, respectively. This shows an increase of more than two times in the number of students and a considerable increase in the number of female students in about one decade. The structure of a bachelor course of study in an engineering field is presented in Figure 5. The largest portion, theoretical courses, composes 43% of a course of study, though the overall contribution of practical programs is larger. The syllabus provides graduates with enough theoretical, analytical and also practical skills to either handle professions directly or continue their higher education courses of study.

Figure 5. The contribution of different programmes in a bachelor course of study in Furtwangen University.

The Institute of Grinding and Precision Technology, Kompettenzzentrum für Schleiftechnologie und Feinstbearbeitung (KSF) is a part of the Mechanical and Medical Engineering faculty at Furtwangen University. KSF was officially founded in January 2001 and at the moment has 12 employees, among which are 2 professors and 5 PhD candidates. The KSF Institute provides research and development works in the field of grinding technology and precision machining. It focuses on the creation of integrated technology concepts for the development of tools and machinery. In addition to the support of industrial projects and the development of grinding technologies, the KSF provides training seminars and courses. As a leading research institute, it advances the transfer of technology and organizes the world's largest specialized grinding seminar in a 2-year rhythm. The institute allows graduate students and doctoral candidates to develop their theses under competent supervision. With over 200 publications and several patents pending, the KSF represents, in contrary to industrial development services, an optimal compound of teaching, research and application of technologies in practice.

Shiraz University of Technology (SUTECH)

Shiraz University of Technology - Industrial Engineering Faculty

Established in 2004 and located in the 4th largest province of Iran, Shiraz University of Technology or shortly SUTech is a public academic university. Focusing on graduate and post-graduate programs, SUTech offers variety of engineering majors in terms of 6 distinct departments. At present, (October 2014) more than 100 full time faculty members and more than 1300 students of both M.Sc. and PhD attend the university moving towards the goal of industrial development and building up economical capacity of Fars province. Well known as the cradle of culture and art in the country, Shiraz benefits from diversification of industrial sectors mainly as food and beverage, electronic products, cement plants, petrochemical and refinery and plenty of small and medium enterprises. Proximity of 2500 years old Persepolis along with cultural and historical atmosphere, the hometown of great Persian poets is the third tourist destination of the country. Recent published reports show the employment rate of the country reaches to more than 7 percent while the women unemployment rate is almost 4.5 percent. Based on a global report, the current rate of unemployment in Iran is almost double of that of the average in the world. A majority of unemployed job seekers have academic and university degree.

German Jordanian Univerity (GJU)

German-Jordanian University - lndustrial Engineering Faculty

The German-Jordanian University (GJU) is a public Jordanian university. It was founded in 2005 by a Royal Decree, in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany. In August 2004, a founding committee had taken up its activities in Jordan. The committee was in close cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. At the same time, the German planning office opened at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and the German Academic Exchange Services DAAD, which is funding the university project for a period of four years. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) under the "German Study Programs Abroad" program.

The University is modelled on the German universities of applied sciences, characterized by their focus on putting knowledge into practice and on promoting knowledge transfer. We aim to play a significant role in promoting links between Jordan and Europe, particularly Germany; by taking advantage of best practices in education in both Jordan and Germany, the University has positioned itself as a leader in its field. Its focus is on providing undergraduate and graduate programs of the highest quality, We offer over 20 programs, with a student body of around 5000 drawn predominantly from Jordan, but also including overseas students. We take pride in our student-centered environment for learning and believe that quality education is founded upon close associations between faculty and students.

GJU recognizes research and research-led teaching as primary responsibilities of its academic staff, and places value on fostering, publishing, and disseminating research of the highest international quality. It provides lifelong learning opportunities for a diverse spectrum of people capitalizing extensively on partnerships with private companies and public agencies in the region. The University has grown, both in size and stature, over the past few years. It has positioned itself as a leading institution of higher learning, known for its dedication to service, its innovative approach to academic management and human resource development, and its relentless pursuit of excellence in all fields of applied research and instruction.

GJU is linked to many other universities through bilateral agreements for co-operation, collaboration, and exchange of faculty members and students. These include regional Arab universities, as well as European, North American, and Asian universities. The University is intended to serve as a unique university of applied training, experiential learning and professional excellence oriented towards market and industry needs. It is thus, expected to have a remarkable impact on Jordan and the region as a whole, by capitalizing on the best practices and expertise in higher education in both Germany and Jordan. The University has an objective to prepare highly skilled graduates with relevant knowledge to industry, and to contribute positively to socio-economic development, to be able to survive today's fiercely competitive and technologically oriented world, to boost industrial and economic standing in Jordan and in the region.

The Department of Industrial Engineering: The Industrial Engineering provides an interdisciplinary educational foundation for its graduates to understand problems and to find and implement solutions with a system engineering perspective; students are provided with the essential tools to consider the technological, business and human aspects of problems in complex systems. The program consists of the following areas of study: basic sciences; engineering materials and manufacturing processes; statistics and quality management; optimization, operations management and managerial sciences, ergonomics, economics and finance, and informatics. The department offers a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering.