Zarqa University (ZU) was founded in 1994 in a strategic location to the east of Zarqa City, just six kilometres away, to be the first private university in Zarqa Governorate, with an area that reached three hundred and fifty acres. The University aims at going in parallel lines with the objectives and the strategies of public and private Jordanian universities. It also supports the different goals of Jordanian higher education system and meets the scientific, social, economic, cultural and human needs.
The University started with six faculties that comprised one hundred and fifty students enrolled in twenty majors. Today, in the academic year of 2019/2020, the number of students has increased to reach about six thousand students distributed on thirteen faculties, including seven humanities faculties and six scientific faculties. The University comprises thirty seven undergraduate majors, and eleven postgraduate programs in English Language and Literature, Accounting, Computer Science, Mathematics, Marketing, Software Engineering, Business Administration, Intellectual Property, Islamic Banking, Administration in Nursing, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. It also includes four deanships; the Deanship of Admission and Registration, the Deanship of Scientific Research, the Deanship of Students' Affairs, and the Deanship of Evening Studies, in addition to seven centers: Islamic Cultural Centre, Computer Centre, Language Centre, Centre of Continued Education and Community Service, E-learning Centre, Energy Research Center, the Center for Teaching English for Non Native Speakers; in addition to other administrative departments; such as the Library and the Development and Quality Assurance Unit.
Zarqa University has proved its presence among other universities since it was founded; thorough working on achieving three essential objectives; First, offering quality education that provides students with the knowledge and the essential skills they need in order to upgrade their academic achievements, achieve a comprehensive and integrated development of their personalities, prepare them for the future, and form their positive perspectives. Second, The University tends to reinforce the field of scientific research that is considered an essential factor in achieving scientific improvement and sustainable development .Third, The University also contributes in serving and helping the local, national, regional, and international communities, through the promotion of cultural enrichment, providing educational opportunities, holding scientific and cultural conferences and training courses, not only for the members of the Jordanian society, but also for Arab and foreign members through its specialized centers.
Believing in its scientific; practical and humanitarian mission, the university seeks to achieve excellence and leadership through providing the community with modern academic majors that meet its needs for developing its institutions, employing a group of dedicated experts and scholars in their areas and polarizing a large number of international students from sixty Arab and foreign nationalities. It also introduces information and communication technology to its facilities and their activities.
The University has been chosen as a host of many well known scientific conferences and associations such as Arab conference on Information Technology "ACIT" since 2000, in addition to the General Secretariat of the Association of Faculties of Computers and Information, emanating from the Arab Universities Union since 2007, which publishes the International Arab Journal of Information Technology (IAJIT), which is an indexed journal by Thompson (ISI), as well as the General Secretariat of the International Arab Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (IACQA) since 2011, and the Association of Professors of English and Translation at Arab Universities (APETAU) since 2016, which publishes the International Journal of Arabic and English Studies.
Zarqa Journal for Research and Studies in Humanities is the main Journal of the University. It Started in 1999, and is published quarterly by the Deanship of Scientific Research. The journal publishes in Arabic and English, and is internationally indexed in Ulrich’s Database.
The university has also made significant achievements in the competitions organized by INJAZ at the university level, through the leading projects that are working to improve the university youth by providing support to these projects and overcoming the difficulties facing the team inside and outside the university, in addition to obtaining the highest levels in university proficiency examinations for an important number of academic disciplines.
With regard to the university's assistance to students, it offers a range of deductions, grants, and exemptions from tuition fees (up to 70%) for many academic disciplines. In 2009, Zarqa University obtained the ISO certificate from the public and private universities, as well as the International Quality Crown Certificate (Golden Classification) in 2009 from the united kingdom. In 2018, the Faculty of Nursing received a certificate of quality of the Bronze Level from the Commission of Accreditation of Jordanian Higher Education Institutions.