Madaba (Agenzia Fides) - The American University of Madaba , AUM has donated 20,000 Jordanian Dinars (equal to about 25,000 euros) to the fund set up by the Government of Jordan to deal with the emergency of the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences on the whole national territory. Professor Nabil Ayoub, President of the University, in some considerations disseminated by the national media, underlined that the entire university community intends to contribute with this initiative to the health and social effects of the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
The fund had been set up in March by Jordanian Prime Minister, Omar Al-Razzaz, to collect donations on the national territory and all over the world and to finance initiatives implemented by the government to contain the negative effects of the pandemic on the health and social fabric of Jordan.
The American University of Madaba (see Fides, 15/6/2020) is a university affiliated to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, whose foundation stone had been blessed by Pope Benedict XVI on 9 May 2009, and which had been inaugurated on May 30, 2013 in the presence of King Abdallah II. At the end of 2014, the Holy See had to intervene to deal with administrative and financial problems that had marked the construction and launch of the academic institution. An ad hoc commission, established by the Secretariat of State, had in turn entrusted to a local administration committee, chaired by Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, at that time Apostolic Nuncio in Jordan, the task of "following and coordinating closely, up to July 2015, the work of the University". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 25/6/2020)