The General Secretariat of the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan announced the winners of the 2021 El Hassan Award for Scientific Excellence. University of Petra (UOP) won the first prize of this prestigious award among 36 applications from 14 higher education institutions for establishing a “Laboratory Animal Research Unit” that complies with international guidelines.
The Laboratory Animal Research Unit, as a part of the University of Petra Pharmaceutical Center, is considered a scientific research unit that aims to be competent in enlightening the students and research community in all aspects of drug discovery and development. Such contributions are proceeded through granting the research community sufficient means in performing non-clinical research under national and international regulations and ethics.
The unit has innovative and entrepreneurial ambitions that serve the educational and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the regulatory firms.
The award-winning Animal Unit provides scientific and technical training to students, academics and researchers from educational and industrial backgrounds interested in non-clinical research and innovation.
In addition, the project has generated several scientific outputs from study reports, published research papers in well-established scientific journals, and has also contributed to the publication of several patents.
This award is a significant outcome due to commitment to excellence in research and innovation, scholarship, as well as the quality of education. Promoting research and innovation has been one of UOP’s main goals; to this effect, the University has worked out a robust strategic plan for scientific research.
As far as innovation is concerned, the University has established centres that aim at encouraging and motivating innovation and technology transfer projects that are in alignment with the national priorities and the needs of the industrial sector.