Advancing PEACE: Palestinian-European academic cooperation

Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU)

Presidents and rectors of European and Palestinian Universities and education ministry officials will outline a new joint action plan on 14 December at UNESCO Headquarters during the Eighth International Conference of the Palestinian-European academic cooperation (PEACE) Programme.

Based on the principles of the right to education and the right to culture, the goal of PEACE - as its acronym suggests – is to contribute to the peace process in the Middle East.

Launched in 1992, the PEACE interuniversity network aims to improve the efficiency and relevance of teaching and research at Palestinian universities and improve institutional and staff development. A member of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, the network had 66 members as of March 2011: 53 European and 13 Palestinian universities.

The new PEACE Action Plan will emphasize the integration and support of Palestinian doctoral students; faculty development and academic capacity building (faculty mobility, support of junior Palestinian researchers and establishment of doctoral programmes) and the development and facilitation of e-learning.

Participants will also examine joint PhD programmes, focusing on the French-Palestinian model and look at the Palestinian model of accreditation and quality assurance.

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