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Prof. Adnan Badran


Prof. Adnan Badran is a Former Prime Minister of Jordan (2005) and Former Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Education. He joined UNESCO in 1990 as Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences before serving as Deputy Director-General of UNESCO (DDG) from 1994 to 1998.

Dr Badran received his Master’s and PhD degrees from Michigan State University in 1963, and his BSc from Oklahoma State University.  He then became a Professor at the University of Jordan. He was later appointed Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the same university. He was appointed as the Founding President of Yarmouk University, combining Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and Yarmouk University (1976-1986). In 1987, Badran was appointed as the first Secretary General of the country’s Higher Council for Science and Technology, the president of which is HRH Prince Hassan. Later, he served as President of Philadelphia University (1989-2009) and President of University of Petra (2005-2014).

Badran is the awardee of: an Honorary Doctorate from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (1981);  an  Honorary  Doctorate  in Science from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA (2007); the West Watkins distinguished Lectureship Award (2009); the Hall of Fame Alumni Award from Oklahoma State University, USA; an Honorary Professorship from L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan (2012); an Honorary Doctorate in Administration from Yarmouk University, Jordan (2014).  He is also the awardee of the Arab Thought Foundation Prize for best Arab Scientist in higher education research; the TWAS Regional Prize for Building Scientific Institutions (2009); the Asia Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education (2011) and the Shoman Award (2010).

Currently, Prof. Badran is the Chancellor of University of Petra and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Jordan. He has served as a Senator in the Jordan Senate and Chair of the Senate Committee on Science, Education and Culture; President of the National Centre of Human Rights of Jordan; President of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Human Rights, Australia (2009-2011).  He is a Fellow and served as Vice-President of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Fellow of the Islamic World-Academy of Sciences (IAS) and Member of the Arab Thought Forum. He is also the President of the Arab Academy of Sciences (AAS).

Prof. Badran served as Co-chair of UNESCO-EOLSS (Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems) comprising 200 volumes written by 3000 scientists worldwide and published electronically (2006) (; and the Encyclopedia of the Arab Region, comprising 4 volumes and published by the Arab Academy of Sciences (2007). He has also served as an Executive Board member of the International Union of Biological Sciences, served on the International Council of Scientific Union (ICSU), and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Prof. Badran is a biologist who has published over 120 scientific papers and articles in biology, biotechnology, the environment and higher education policies and strategies. He has four patents in biological sciences to his credit in enzymes and environmental control. He has published more than 22 books in the fields of biology, environment and energy.