Dr.Mohammed M. Obeidat

Head of Translation Department

The Department of Translation was established in the academic year 2008/ 2009 as the first of its kind among the Jordanian government universities.  The department was established due to the desperate need to provide the labour market with highly qualified translators and consecutive, liaison, simultaneous and conference interpreters in various fields of knowledge. The Dept. is a dynamic and growing department. It offers two study programmes; one undergraduate programmes (the B.A in Translation) and one graduate programme (the M.A in Translation) which was transferred from the Department of English Language and Literature in the academic year 2010/ 2011. The Dept. plans to offer more graduate programmes including M.A and Ph.D in interpretation and translation.

The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching and training. It prepares students for a career in translation, a rich exposure to translation of various levels and genres: written, oral, specialized, simultaneous, and consecutive, in addition to some theoretical and practical studies. The programme includes an adequate number of courses in basic language skills in both English and Arabic, and it also involves comparative and analytical linguistics, discourse and semantics, and the application of computer assisted translation (CAT) tools in translation.

In order to keep our faculty and students in the know, the Dept. holds annual seminars and symposiums on translation and interpreting studies.

A good number of the department's graduates have successfully pursued their graduate studies (MA and Ph.D) at Jordanian as well as renowned British and American universities. The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching and training. It aims at developing the skills of translation students (written and oral) to meet the need for translators in various fields not only in Jordan, but also in the region; especially in this era of great progress in information and communications technology. Translation specialists are needed in various disciplines and sectors, such as the media, governmental and non-governmental bodies, as well as in local, national, regional and international organizations and academic institutions.







  • To participate in developing higher education in the field of translation and interpreting studies through endorsing modern teaching methods and acquiring the skills relevant to the major.
  • To be in the know with regard to the latest scientific developments in the field of translation and interpreting studies.
  • To enhance the scientific and cultural relationships with departments of translation in universities, institutes to develop the university and foster its scientific status.
  • To give the opportunity to the distinguished students to pursue their graduate studies in the various branches of translation studies.
  • To develop the curricula, the study plans and the teaching methods and to assess them in order to go in harmony with the scientific and technical development in the university.
  • To provide students with a solid educational base conducive to fundamental knowledge, research skills, self-growth, enriched life experiences and computer literacy essential to lifelong learning.
  • To create a seamless integration of teaching and research.
  • To foster respect and appreciation for diversity of people and opinions.
  • To assist students in developing critical thinking, power of observation, analytical skills, and in communicating effectively orally and in writing.
  • To develop and maintain periodic internal assessment and evaluation to ensure that all programs are operating within a manner consistent with the mission statement of the department and the faculty.
  • Contributing to academic research and addressing providing support to research projects to be published nationally and internationally.
  • To create channels of openness and communication locally, regionally and internationally through taking part in and holding conferences, symposiums and seminars and through providing scholarships inside and outside the country.
  • To provide world-class education, and to advance, preserve, and disseminate knowledge, In addition to preparing educated, enlightened and qualified human resources in order to realize Jordan’s developmental needs.
  • To create opportunities for staff and students to interact in a healthy manner so as to achieve the combined goals of academic and personal development.

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