IBM and JUST to create Service Science Centre

Jordan university to host Centre of Excellence for Service Science Innovation

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IBM and JUST to create Service Science Centre Jordan University of Science & Technology and IBM will develop the service science innovation centre.
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 11, 2010

IBM and the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) are set to create a Centre of Excellence for Service Science Innovation at the university's Irbil campus.

The centre will focus on developing curricula around technologies and business processes such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Processes Management (BPM), Business Analytics, Business Processes Optimization (BPO), Service Science and Cloud Computing, to help boost Jordan's knowledge economy.

HE Marawan Juma, Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Jordan commented: "The collaboration between JUST and  IBM, especially as it relates to capacity building and knowledge transfer, will further strengthen Jordan's competitive position as a gateway to the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond. We strongly value IBM's recent engagements in Jordan and look forward to forging a deeper and mutually beneficial relationship in the near future."

The centre will run on IBM's CloudBurst Smart Business System, a cloud computing infrastructure that will allow IBM to provide teaching resources and expertise to students at the centre through a cloud computing environment. IBM will also provide other support including workshops, internships and certification, and with input from its experts in the field of Services Science Management and Engineering (SSME).

"Jordan has a strategic objective to become a knowledge-based economy and an internationally recognized exporter of ICT products and services by developing and leveraging its most important resource, the Jordanian people," said Dr Wajih Owais, President of JUST. "Our agreement with IBM is an important part of delivering on this vision by strengthening our position as a leading institution of technical education and enabling us to deliver unique research, innovation and education that is relevant not only regionally but also globally."

"IBM will help JUST leverage some of the most advanced technologies to provide researchers, faculty and students with a powerful platform for innovation," said Amr Refaat, country general manager, IBM Middle East. "By working together with JUST, we will help ensure that Jordan and the Jordanian people are best positioned to address issues vital to the building of a smarter planet."

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