TEMPUS is a European Community programme designed to support the development and restructuring of higher education systems in Europe and Partner Countries in the Mediterranean region, Western Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus countries and the Central Asian Republics.
TEMPUS focuses on the development of the Higher Education systems through balanced cooperation between institutions in the European Union and in the Partner Countries.
TEMPUS was extended to the Mediterranean region in 2002, in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, launched at the 1995 Barcelona Conference.
The Barcelona Declaration:
Development of Human Resources
Promotion of mutual understanding between cultures
Exchange between civil societies
Establishing the National TEMPUS Office (NTO) - Jordan
Based upon mutual understanding between the EC and the Jordanian Government, and the recommendations of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, and the Minister of Finance, the Council of Ministers adopted a Decision in its meeting on 2nd March 2004 to “Establish the National TEMPUS Office - Jordan, to assist in the development of the Higher Education Sector"
Responsibilities of the NTO Jordan
The Office is engaged in the following activities, among others:
Facilitate implementation of projects and overcome any obstacles.
Monitor the progress of on-going projects and report to EC.
Disseminate information and assist institutions in issues related to TEMPUS programmes and activities.
Assist MoHESR in defining priorities for TEMPUS projects.
Liaise with local authorities regarding TEMPUS projects.
Assist the European Commission in projects selection.
Liaise with the EC Delegation and European Cultural Attaches/Development Officers in Amman regarding on-going and future projects and other activities.