Since 2013 DJUCO has arranged a yearly study trip for Danish and Jordanian students. Together they participate in different activities such as conferences, dialogue meetings and workshops with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding in addition to cultural and educational exchange between the two countries.
This year's Tour de Jordan will take place from April 22nd to May 1st 2016. Around 20 Danish and European students with an interest in Jordan and the Middle East will join DJUCO on a study trip focusing on the migration and refugee crisis of the MENA-region. During the 9 days, the students will take part in a two-day Senior Academic Conference with scholars from both Europe and the Middle East titled "Migration and Refugees in the Middle East: Recent Regional and International Challenges and Repercussions". This will be followed by the DJUCO Academic Student Conference, where the participants, together with Jordanian students, will build on the knowledge from the Senior Academic Conference, resulting in presentations and feedback from the academic scholars. The students will also conduct field trips to UNHCR, 7iber and the Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation as well as getting a chance to experience the vast cultural sights that Jordan has to offer, such as Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.
Tour de Jordan 2015 took place from April 17th to 26th. Twenty Danish master students went to Jordan to experience a variety of activities that together developed the participants’ academic and intercultural competences. Among other things, the participants attended the international conference “Analysing Security Complexes in a Changing Middle East: The Role of non-Arab State Actors and Non-State Actors” with presentations from leading scholars in the field. After the conference, the Danish students went to Jerash along with Jordanian colleagues to take part in DJUCO Academic Student Conference. Here they produced presentations in teams, using the knowledge they gained from the conference as well as their academic and intercultural competences. They got feedback from Dr. Martin Beck who was very impressed with what the students had learnt. Furthermore, the participants got a tour at the Jordanian senate, where they met former Prime Minister, Mr. Samir Al-Rifai, and discussed the current developments in the region. Besides the official program, some took the opportunities to visit some of Jordan’s cultural treasures such as Petra and Wadi Rum.
You can read how the students chose to convey their experiences during their trip here.
In the beginning of April, 16 Danish and European and around 95 Jordanian students participated in DJUCO’s second Tour de Jordan. Among other things, they were part of the 2nd Annual Young Scholars Conference, where this year’s title was “Has the Arab Spring Failed?” at University of Jordan. The five paper presentations ranged from analyzing the Syrian opposition movement’s breakdown over democracy and democratic transition and promotion to Islamic feminism. The presentations paved the way for interesting panel discussions. You can watch a short video from the conference here. After engaging in academic discussions, the participants took part in two workshops organized by the DJUCO Student Forum at Hashemite University and Jordan University of Science and Technology, where the students dealt with academic challenges in a Jordanian and Danish context.
DJUCO Partnership's first Tour de Jordan was held in April 2013, where 11 Danish/European Middle East Program students travelled to Jordan. Among other Things, they participated in the 1st Annual Young Scholars Conference; the international conference "An Arab World In Transition - Thereoretical Perspectives"; a visit to the Jordanian Refugee camp, Za'atari, where they met with UNHCR and a meeting with the Amman-based think-tank Al-Quds Center for Political Studies.