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The Ministry of Higher Education’s role in private Jordanian universities and the hidden tool of the budget

Osama Abdellateef Mah’d (Accounting Department, Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan)

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Article publication date: 26 August 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this research is to shed light on the role the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MoHE) plays in private Jordanian universities (PJUs). Private universities in developing countries struggle with their financial resources. There is an argument that a decision to adopt a new approach for the financing and management of Jordanian higher education (HE) has been taken because both funding and ownership belong to private sources. However, the MoHE plays a role in the Jordanian context.

Design/methodology/approach

This study explains the relations between the MoHE and PJUs and describes the PJUs’ managerial context. It is based on the prior research related to HE and budgeting. A total of 16 budget preparers at 11 universities and a further three in the MoHE were interviewed. The research also uses observation to obtain direct knowledge of the research phenomena. It uses archival documents, guidelines and reports to accomplish the study’s objective.

Findings

This research presents an overview for private HE across the world with particular concentration being paid to the role of the MoHE in PJUs by presenting the regulations and laws related to HE in Jordan. It proves that the MoHE uses a budgeting formula to significantly increase its control over the private HE sector. Simultaneously, no government subsidies or tax exemptions (such as those given to public universities) have been made available to private universities. The results indicate that the MoHE controls the private universities by using accreditation tools, such as their budgets.

Originality/value

Jordan has a unique situation in terms of the relationship between its MoHE and Jordanian universities.

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Citation

Abdellateef Mah’d, O. (2014), "The Ministry of Higher Education’s role in private Jordanian universities and the hidden tool of the budget", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 7 No. 2/3, pp. 133-151. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBS-01-2014-0009

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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