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An-Najah National University has been shortlisted for the Teaching and Learning ‎Strategy of the Year at the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, known as ‎the ‘Oscars’ for higher education. The University is one of eight submissions ‎shortlisted in this category and the only university in the Arab World to be shortlisted at this prestigious award.‎

An-Najah University has joined the competition in the framework of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building project “Transforming Assessment Practices in Large Enrollment First Year Education/TAP Palestine”. It led the project on behalf the University of Alicante, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Al-Aqsa University in Gaza, Palestine Polytechnic University, University College Cork, Birzeit University and the University College of Applied Sciences.

The project aims to enhance capacity building of Palestinian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in modern assessment practices in first year educators. An-Najah is leading this project on behalf of 5 Palestinian and 3 European universities.

The shortlisting is in recognition of the teaching and learning strategy that is ‎‎‘distinctive and innovative and reflects an institution’s core values’, according to the ‎judging criteria.‎

Professor Maher Natsheh, Acting President of ‎An-Najah thanked all partners and ‎colleagues who contributed to this achievement, Erasmus + National Office, CELT ‎staff, TAP team, and An-Najah staff, noting “to be shortlisted in such a hotly-‎contested category is a testament to the hard work of the Palestinian higher ‎education sector and our staff as well as our determination to achieve an ‎international reputation for delivering outstanding outcomes for our graduates. We ‎are proud that our distinctive approach to teaching has been recognized by respected ‎figures in the sector.”‎

Nearly 80 universities from 21 countries or regions entered the inaugural Times ‎Higher Education (THE) Awards Asia. The winners will be announced on 1 May ‎during the THE Asia Universities Summit in Abu Dhabi.‎

The awards ceremony will take place during a gala dinner at the Emirates Palace ‎Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The Asia Universities Summit will be held at Khalifa ‎University between 30 April and 2 May.‎

For more details about the awards,click here.‎


The shortlist for the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year at the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards includes eight submissions, namely; City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Management and Science University, Malaysia, Mapúa University, Philippines, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan, RMIT University Vietnam, Vietnam, Tokyo University of Science, Japan and Yonsei University, South Korea.

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