Professor Abdelrahim Ahmad Hunaiti

Professor Abdelrahim Ahmad Hunaiti

Assistance Secretary General of the Arab Association of Universities

He earned his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Jordan in 1975, his M.Sc. in Microbiology from California state University, Fresno, USA in 1979, and his  Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Washington state University, Pullman USA in 1983.

He worked as a scholar, teacher and administrator, with over three decades of academic and administrative experience and leadership in higher education. He joined Yarmouk University as an assistant professor in 1983; He was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 1987, and promoted to full professor in 1992.

He served as a mentor and advisor to many M.Sc. and Ph.D students and taught many courses for both undergraduates and graduates levels. He has wide experience in leadership in higher education starting from being a department head to faculty dean, then vice president and president of three government Universities, namely; University of Jordan 2004-2007, Hashemite University 2008-2009, and Mutah University 2009-2013. He also was the founding president for the Jordanian Higher Education Accreditation Commission.

He was elected as Assistance Secretary General of the Arab Association of Universities starting July 2018. His research interests include the enzymology of Antibiotics Biosynthesis and Regulation, Environmental Health, the enzymology of various chemical carcinogens, mutagens and xenobiotics detoxification mechanisms and the molecular pathology of oxygen radicals induced illness.

He has 47 international publications (34 of these are listed in SCOPUS with 395 citations) beside more than 63 national publications. He served in many national and international councils, committees and societies and he was awarded several national and international awards such as:  the Royal-Order of Al Hussein for Distinguished Contributions of the first Class  in 2013, the Von Humboldt Fellowship in 1992,  Abdel Hamid Shouman Prize for Young Arab Scientists in 1990 and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) guest scientist visit grant in 1986.