Jordan’s Superstars: The Scientists

By Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Sun 12 November / Nov 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

The more we learn about our esteemed Jordanian scientists who partook in the World Science Forum last week, and their astonishing achievements, the greater our faith in the Jordanian’s ability to realise excellence and greatness.

It is funny how little we knew about our own geniuses.

Some of them have achievements prized worldwide as well as locally. It was a humbling yet proud moment for so many of us, seeing our own among the world’s most renowned scientists and experts.

During the Forum, held under the patronage of His Majesty at the Dead Sea King Hussein Convention Centre, a number of them were awarded and titled for their brilliance in various fields, from medicine to maths.

The sad thing about it is the fact that most of them are working overseas, which raises the question; when did all those geniuses leave? Why? And how much have we lost in terms of contribution to progress and development?

Among us, here, there are invaluable Jordanian minds with magnificent achievements in various fields, in sports too, as well as in arts. Many of them now represent Jordan to the world and further the name and reputation of our beloved country far better than any of our ambassadors ever have!

Facing those who landed careers abroad, one must wonder; is it the fate of brilliance to abandon this beautiful country so full of potential?

Mind immigration over the years has spiralled up exponentially, and for a number of reasons.

Of course, immigration is not exclusive to scientists.

In fact, the idea of leaving the country haunts the mind of every Jordanians seeking a better life, thinking it is unrealisable here, in this graveyard of talent and creativity. Be it the general negativity, the deteriorating education system, backward or shortcoming legislation, notwithstanding, immigration is the dream of so many Jordanians.

Naturally, change and progress doesn’t happen out of the blue.

There are precursors and catalysts to change. The process is tightly bound to developing education and the creation of an economic model and identity with the ability to productively engage in the global economy.

Everything out there, in that rapidly growing and progressing part of the world, is rooted in the innovation and ability of the individual, rather than oil or mineral resources.

Today, we have a virtual currency called the Bitcoin.

It is a new virtual asset that optimises the cost and time efficiency of electronic transaction processes.

How far must we lag behind to realise that the world is really steadfast pushing on, with or without us? Must we really have wasted so many years wondering how important curriculum change is for the next generations to be able to even begin to try to keep up with the rest of the world?

Economy has developed, and start-ups are spreading like wildfire, in Jordan and around the world.

This is an opportunity for a country like Jordan to become part of the world’s new economy, and all we need is to enable and develop our own skills and capacities.

Economies today no longer depend on natural resources as the basis for development. The greater contributor to advancement is ideas and technology. This is ideas and thoughts that cost their founders next to nothing can end up making them fortunes after just a few years tops!

We take pride in our scientists. I wish to one day see their names  in our school books, to tell our children that Jordanians, many of them great physicians, engineers, geneticists and philosophers can achieve greatness.

They have carved up their places in history. The least we can do is dedicate a few words about them to the generations of our future, so that they may be inspired by their pasts; our past.

Among the superstars of science and brilliant researches in the world’s best universities and institutes are two Nobel-Prize candidates. One is a chemist, the founder of the Berkley Science Institute, and the other is a Nano-technology expert at the University of Illinois, USA.

Those scientists, specialists and experts, doctors are archaeologists are Jordan’s real superstars.

Our youth must learn about them, in order to be inspired by them, to believe that they can really make something of themselves!

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad