Message from the Director
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Bridge International for Academic Services, a well-established institution with a Board of Directors (established in 1996), which comprises of top academics who are well acquainted with the network of academic institutions in the Arab World, and the United Kingdom. Bridge International for Academic Services is licensed according to the regulations of the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Bridge International's mission is to facilitate excellent educational opportunities to place academically able students in top, reputable and well-recognized universities in the United Kingdom.
Although overseas recruitment strategies for many British universities, colleges, and schools are carried out by means of arranged visits to the Middle East region, the results of such field visits are short-lived. The brevity of such visits does not allow for adequate contact hours to conduct consultations, communications, and follow-ups on a regular basis.
Over the past years, Jordan has focused on developing its human potential, by means of improving its economy by advancing the well being of its citizens through education. However, due to limited financial resources, the government focused on investment for basic education over higher education to boost literacy. The literacy rate in 1960 was 33%, and in 2001 it was estimated at 89.3%. Jordan's population is very young, with 43% being 15 years old or younger, while 30.4% fall between 15 and 29 years of age. Currently, almost one third of all Jordanians are enrolled in education, owing to the fact that Jordanians place the highest regard on obtaining at least an undergraduate education.
On an international scale, Jordan with a population of 5,182,000 (2001 statistics) was ranked second, after the USA, for having the highest percentage of first-degree holders per capita. In 2001, 118,657 students were enrolled in Jordanian universities (22 government and private universities in total) and 27,744 in community colleges. Thousands of Arabian Gulf students are pursuing their undergraduate education at Jordanian universities. Unfortunately, many Jordanian universities have a very limited selection of postgraduate courses. Accordingly, a large percentage of the student body attends overseas universities, predominantly the United Kingdom and the USA.
The above clearly outlines the fundamental reasons for the existence of Bridge International for Academic Services in Jordan. In addition, our sister company, Knowledge Horizon, was recently established in the United Arab Emirates to cater for the UAE's student population and local institutions. It is our intention to fill the aforementioned gaps and ensure bridging and interaction between prospective applicants and selected UK universities, colleges, and English language schools.