A Delegation from the Scottish University of Dundee Visits An-Najah
A delegation from the Scottish University of Dundee visited An-Najah National University on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017. The delegation included Dr. Wendy Alexander, Dr. Ian Baron, Dr. Sharon Sweeney and Dr. Brian Howieson. The delegation was accompanied by Sir Vincent Fean, the former British Consul- General of Jerusalem (2010-2014) in addition to Mrs. Merna Kassis and Mr. Mohammed Kobari of the British Council.
The delegation was received by Dr. Maher Natsheh, Acting President of the University, Dr. Kherieh Rassas, Vice President for International Development and External Affairs Office; Dr. Mohammed Al-Amleh, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moayad Hattab, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Mr. Khaled Mufleh, Acting Director of Public Relations at the University.
The meeting aimed to discuss the prospects of active cooperation between An-Najah and Dundee University in the realms of teaching and learning as well as establishing ways to consolidate and develop academic relations between the two parties.
At the beginning of the meeting, Prof. Natsheh presented a summary of the university's development, its role and standing in the service of the Palestinian society and the challenges it faces. He also thanked the guests for their support and cooperation and expressed his confidence that this visit will enhance joint cooperation between the two universities in many ways
Dr. Kherieh further thanked the delegation for their visit to the university and discussed the possible means of joint cooperation between the two universities. She also gave a brief overview about the nature of the work at An Najah University Office of International Relations; particularly in the field of strengthening collaborations. Dr. Burt and Dr. Mahameed focused on the problems faced by Palestinian researchers in publishing their research in foreign journals with high impact factors, stressing the importance of joint research programmes and the facilitation of academic agreements between An-Najah and world-renowned universities.
The meeting was also attended by Dr. Alia Assali, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training, Dr. Ayda Al-Qaisi, Head of the Nursing Department, Dr. Abdul Rahman Abu Safa, Scholarship Office Coordinator, Dr. Moayad Hattab, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Dr. Denise Berte, Director of the Research Unit at An-Najah Child Institute and Dr. Fayez Mahameed, Head of the Department of Graduate Studies for Humanities. With such a specialized team, both parties were able to proceed in discussing possible means of mutual cooperation. Importance was placed onto developing both student and teaching exchanges. Additionally, interest was suggested into the development of a joint master’s programme as well as a bilateral PHD MOU, using models already in place with other academic institutions.
At the end of the meeting, there was a roundtable session to discuss a number of important topics such as business administration, law and psychology, enabling one to one in-depth conversation from faculty specialists.
Breakout meetings included a discussion on Community Based Learning (CBL) with Dr. Assali and representatives from two Palestinian NGOs (Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and Palestinian Working Women Society). The group shared many similar rewards and challenges with Dr. Sweeney’s experiences with CBL at the University of Dundee. Other breakouts included a meeting in the Deans' Hall and another meeting in Prof. Natsheh's office to discuss new horizons for cooperation between the two universities.
At the end of the meeting, the delegation toured An-Najah’s old and new campus to learn more about the university's colleges and facilities.
The delegation will soon hold a meeting with representatives from the Nablus Municipality to discuss the twinning programme between the Municipality of Dundee and the Municipality of Nablus, as well as developments occurring in the fields mentioned above.