An-Najah Signs Milestone Agreement with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University in the UK
An-Najah National University has signed an agreement with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University in the UK focusing on collaboration in teaching and research, the exchange of academic and research staff and visits by academic staff, research fellows and students.
On Monday, April 12, 2021, the University announced launching a multi-purpose cooperative project titled" the An-Najah-Sheffield Universities Alliance" during a virtual meeting that was held via Zoom with the participation of a number of academic and administrative staff members from the three universities.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Kherieh Rsas, Vice President for International Relations and Development at An-Najah, Dr. Karen Grainger, member of the Board of Governors of Hallam University, Paul Blomfield, member of Parliament for Sheffield Central, Sir Vincent Fean, former British Consul General to Jerusalem, Julie Pearn, chairperson of Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine.
This project is a result of a long period of discussion and planning between staff representing the three universities under the supervision of the University's international and External Affairs Office.
The MoU focuses on student and expertise exchange, and the cooperation and exchange of research and has formalized a growing partnership between the three institutions.
Also, the agreement provides a pathway to establish a mutually beneficial partnership between the universities of Sheffield and An-Najah with a view to developing formal inter-institutional academic collaborations and memoranda of understanding based on commitment to the following principles: the right to education free of state violence and discrimination, academic freedom and autonomy, social justice and equality, human rights and international law.
The agreement has also identified other potential areas of collaboration, including program development, creating collaborative academic events for staff and students in fields of common interest in the areas of teaching and research, raising awareness within Sheffield and the UK of the challenges that face Higher Education in Palestine, establishing a trade union alliance between the staff unions of the three universities in order to foster mutual support and understanding to build a solidarity action to support the Palestinian cause at a national level, and inviting other higher education institutions in Palestine and the UK to join this Alliance in order to develop more cooperation projects between Palestine and the UK.
“This agreement with Sheffield Universities embodies An-Najah’s commitment to building bridges and networks throughout the world,” said Dr. Kherieh Rsas, Vice President for International Relations and Development at An-Najah. “We are committed to outstanding academic programs and fostering a global perspective, and look forward to a successful collaboration.”
“This is an exceptional project of exceptional promise. This endeavor fits our mission and has potential for genuine impact.” Prof of Political Sciences at the An-Najah Hasan Ayoub said at the virtual signing ceremony.
Dr. Raed Debiy, lecturer at the department of political sciences at the University, gave a presentation titled "University education under occupation," through which he presented An-Najah's the achievements and awards during the past years despite the political and financial obstacles that face higher education in Palestine.