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The establishment of the University of Jordan Aqaba branch comes as a direct translation of his Majesty King Abdullah II`s vision for the future of the Aqaba region, which is the first and foremost national strategic and economic project directly supported by his Majesty who laid the corner stone for the University of Jordan (UJ)- Aqaba branch on April 30, 2009. The UJ-Aqaba Branch started teaching at the beginning of the academic year 2009/2010. The faculty of marine sciences was one of faculties established at the first stage of the project. It helps the students to interact with other faculties, departments, governmental institutions and private companies. The close proximity of the campus to King Hussein International Airport helps and facilitates the movement of researchers, scientists and academic staff of the branch. The program is designed to provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills that makes them competent in the various scientific fields. Besides marine programs, other scientific programs such as mathematics was established. Also, the school name was changed to the school of basic and marine sciences since 2019/2020 to establish other programs.​​​​​​​​​​​