Handing Over of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

On February 6, 2017, in the presence of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Princess Sarvath El Hassan, Ambassador Birgitta Siefker-Eberle handed over the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan.

Princess Sumaya has gained great merit in the intensification of German-Jordanian relations. As President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Princess Sumaya University for Technology she has promoted German-Jordanian cooperation in the areas of education and research like no other figure in Jordan.

Repeatedly, HRH has personally supported both German Archeological Institutes in Jordan, the German Protestant Institute of Archeology, as well as the German Archeological Institute. The RSS, chaired by Princess Sumaya, is the official partner of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) in Amman. This relationship is an important prerequisite for the work of the FES in Jordan. Ever since the early 1980s the RSS and FES have been working closely together.

Furthermore, Princess Sumaya provided temporary facilities at the RSS for the German-Jordanian University (GJU, founded in 2005) before they moved to today’s campus in Madaba in 2012, thereby enabling the GJU to start teaching in 2005.

HRH Princess Sumaya has very close biographical ties with Germany.  During her secondary education she visited Germany a number of times for multiple months to study there and learn German.

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany: The Order of Merit was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss. It is the only honour that may be awarded in all fields of endeavour and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.


The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work. No pecuniary reward is attached.

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