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Center for Wireless and Internet Technologies at JUST. A Tempus-Funded Project. Coordinator: Mohammad M. Banat, Ph.D.E.E. m.banat@ieee.org. Jordan Tempus Projects Review Day Amman 5-2-2005. General. Funding : Duration: 3 years Fund: 500,000 Euros Starts: October 2004. Partners:

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center for wireless and internet technologies at just
Center for Wireless and Internet Technologies at JUST

A Tempus-Funded Project

Coordinator:

Mohammad M. Banat, Ph.D.E.E.

m.banat@ieee.org

Jordan Tempus Projects Review Day

Amman 5-2-2005

general
General

Funding:

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fund: 500,000 Euros
  • Starts: October 2004
  • Partners:
  • Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) – Jordan
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) – Sweden
  • Technical University of Valencia (UPV) - Spain
  • Functions:
  • A Master Program in Wireless Communications at JUST
  • A Training Program for Practicing Engineers
objectives
Objectives
  • Graduating better engineers in wireless and internet technologies
  • Training practicing engineers in new technologies
  • Promoting the use of hot wireless and internet technologies in Jordan
  • Attracting students and trainees from the region
  • Widening the scope of knowledge and increasing the experience of JUST professors
  • Improving lab and library facilities at JUST
  • Establishing long lasting cooperation with internationally respected institutions
  • Establishing solid cooperation with industry
features
Features
  • New equipment for labs at JUST
  • New books and electronic subscriptions for JUST
  • Participation of KTH and UPV instructors in teaching and training
  • Participation of leading international experts in teaching and training
  • Scholarships for Jordanian students at KTH and UPV
international experts
International Experts
  • Prof. M. S. Alouini
    • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,University of Minnesota, USA

(national of Tunisia)

  • Prof. K. Ben Letaief
    • Editor-in-Chief,IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering DepartmentThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

(national of Tunisia)

current status
Current Status
  • Visit to KTH 22/9-2/10/2004
  • Visit to UPV 14-20/11/2004
  • Working on officially establishing the center and creating the master program
  • Center is to be tentatively launched in early 2005
  • Working on specific project components
kth visit
KTH Visit
  • Visit took place 22/9-2/10/2004
  • Participants
    • Mohammad M. Banat (JUST)
    • Lennart Johansson (KTH)
    • Victor Kordas (KTH)
  • Achievements
    • Studying experience of KTH on master programs in wireless technologies and internetworking
    • Studying experience of KTH in establishing and operation of a wireless centre
    • Coordination of the forthcoming stages of the project
upv visit
UPV Visit
  • Visit took place 14-20/11/2004
  • Participants
    • Mohammad M. Banat (JUST)
    • Ibrahim Ghareeb (JUST)
    • Carlos E. Palau (UPV)
  • Achievements
    • Studying experience of UPV on master programs in telecommunications
    • Studying experience of UPV in establishing and operation of a wireless centre
    • Starting cooperation on preparing labs and study plans
    • Coordination of the forthcoming stages of the project
center establishment and design of master program
Center Establishment and Design of Master Program
  • An initial website (http://www.just.edu.jo/~wireless) has been built
  • A devoted email address has been obtained
  • A steering committee at JUST has been formed (this has particularly been crucial)
  • A technical committee at JUST has been formed
  • A few support staff have been appointed
  • A location at JUST to host the center is made available
  • Technical committee has started preparing a draft study plan and admission terms
launching the center
Launching the Center
  • To take place tentatively early in 2005
  • A KTH delegation is visiting JUST 28/2-6/3/2005 to:
    • Study current state of the project at JUST
    • Prepare for a launching event
    • Coordinate future stages
scholarships
Scholarships
  • An ad to a call for applications has been prepared and submitted to the VP of JUST
  • Several potential scholars have started applying to KTH and UPV
  • An agreement has been signed with UPV to facilitate student and staff exchange
  • A similar agreement (even though not needed) is being negotiated with KTH
books labs short courses and other issues
Books, Labs, Short Courses and Other Issues
  • A list of books has been compiled and purchase procedures have started
  • Lab equipment is being carefully prepared
  • A few laptops are being ordered
  • Several calls for short course submissions have been made
  • Contacts to explore local interest in short courses have started, initial indications are encouraging
  • A financial account has been opened at JUST and is ready to receive funds
  • A yearly activities plan for 2005 has been prepared (this is attached)
  • Establishment of an industrial council is being discussed with JUST officials and with potential industry partners
project extensions and supplements
Project Extensions and Supplements
  • An agreement has been signed with “n+i” in France for
    • Scholarships
    • Staff and student exchange
    • Joint higher study programs
  • A “MENA” joint PhD project is being prepared for submission to the Swedish government by next April
  • A new Tempus project proposal with KTH is being investigated, it will focus on strengthening ties with industry
  • The technical outcomes of an IMG project (6-20/2/2005) may be used to support the project