January 27, 2016 – Amman, Jordan – NASA has named a main-belt asteroid after Jubilee School Alumni Salahaldeen Ibrahim Abu-Alshaikh, an honour bestowed upon him in recognition of his achievements in scientific research, specifically in mathematics.
“I’m really honoured by this achievement” said Salahaldeen Ibrahim Abu-Alshaikh. “As a former Jubilee School student, I’m also very grateful for the support that my school gave me, empowering me to go beyond my potential and achieve the greatest of heights. This was only possible through a balance of freedom and encouragement, support and empowerment.”
While a student at the Jubilee School in 2013, Salahaldeen Ibrahim Abu-Alshaikh won the Second Place Grand Award in Mathematics at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The competition is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. “The moment I heard my name announced as a winner was one of the best moments of my life,” said Salahaldeen Ibrahim Abu-Alshaikh. “It was an honour for me to represent my school, my country, and the late King Hussein’s legacy.”
The Jubilee Institute of the King Hussein Foundation (KHF), which encompasses the Jubilee School and the Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education, has succeeded over the past two decades in gaining world-wide recognition for its unique educational model. Salahaldeen Ibrahim Abu-Alshaikh’s accomplishment reflects the success of the institute’s enriched educational curricula and personal development programs, providing students the opportunity to develop their academic and leadership potential through an emphasis on critical thinking, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), girls leadership, and community service. Every year, 30% of students from Jordan that compete at Intel SEF are Jubilee School students, who participate in mandatory science research courses beginning in grade 9.
Today, the Jubilee Institute stands out as a major undertaking of the King Hussein Foundation and a living tribute to His Late Majesty King Hussein’s belief in the power of education to achieve economic development and social progress. As His late Majesty King Hussein of Jordan said, “It is one of history’s greatest lessons that enlightened citizens are the most valuable asset a nation can possess, and that education is the finest legacy one can pass to future generations.”