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The Jordanian government has set up a committee to explore how to put into practice a law that requires private companies to donate 1 per cent of their annual profits to scientific research institutions. The move comes amid increasing concern among academics in Jordan, as well as the rest of the Arab world, that research is not regarded as a national priority.

The committee was formed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, which was re-established two weeks ago by Royal Decree after being dissolved in the mid-1990s.

The ministry has also created a higher committee for scientific research, made up of senior research officials at both public and private universities, which intends to “improve research, draft a research policy and direct researchers to the fields that are most beneficial to societies”.

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