was founded in 1999 and was the first higher educational institute established during the reign of H.M. King Abdullah II. At the beginning, the university was a branch of Mutah University occupying a temporary campus in the city of Ma’an and was relocated to a permanent campus in September 2004, 9 Km North West of the city of Ma’an. AHU is a public coeducational university located in the heart of the southern region, 210 Km from the Capital Amman.

AHU is a comprehensive public university in a self-contained campus and has student population representing nearly every Governorate in Jordan. Over the past few years, AHU has grown to include eight colleges offering bachelor’s degree programs in natural and environmental sciences, business, nursing, education, humanities, IT and engineering. In addition, AHU has two Deanships; the Deanship of Student Affairs and the Deanship of Scientific Research. Moreover, AHU has nine scientific centres that are heavily engaged in research and development projects. The ultimate goal of these centers is to serve local and national communities, improve students’ life quality and knowledge delivery in various study programs.