Professor Faisal Al Madhi is one of the most respected teachers in The Hashemite University. He urges students to think outside of the curriculum with homework that tackle up-to-date issues and extensive projects, all of which sharpen the student’s real-world skills. We sat down with Professor Faisal and got to know him a little better


What’s your favorite movie?

I don’t like a specific movie, although I am fan of Westerns.


What kind of music do you listen to?

I like Arabic music in general.


What are your hobbies?

In my free time I like to play football, I am very passionate about football, I was thinking about pursuing a career in football, but I was injured back in the UK.


What made you decide on being a teacher?

That’s a funny story actually, a member in my family challenged me on which one of us would get his Masters first, and he won that bet. Then I decided to win by finishing my PHD before him, and I did, and I was the first one of my peers to get a PHD, and it was then when I decided to give teaching a chance, and I loved it ever since.


How did your first lecture go, were you nervous? Do you still get nervous before lecturing a new class?

I was very nervous at my first lecture, because I didn’t have any teaching experience, but after a while it all went smoothly. I started applying Quality Management principles in my relationships with students and it worked.


Describe the ideal student in three words?

Polite, respectful and dedicated.


Describe the worst student in three words?

Rude, careless and ill-mannered.


What’s your most memorable moment as a professor?

[Laughs] In one lecture, I was telling the students about the dangers of smoking, a couple of days after that, a group of student told me that they were inspired by my opinion and decided to quit smoking.


What was your favorite subject in school?

Quantitative Analysis.


What was your least favorite subject in school?

Anything to do with Finance.


Do you believe a teacher should be a student’s friend or do you believe in keeping a professional distance?

My relationship with my students is based on mutual respect; we are close to a certain limit.


Tell us something about yourself that your students don’t know.

I hate the last couple of weeks in a semester, because I must fail the students who didn’t do well. I hope they won’t use this as a tool to get my sympathy [laughs].