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On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Professor Maher Natsheh, Acting President of An-Najah received a delegation from Erasmus National Office to monitor the progress made on the Transforming Assessment Practices in Large Enrollment First Year Education (TAP) project funded by Erasmus+ for the benefit of 5 Palestinian universities and  4 European partners.

The delegation included Dr. Nedal Jayousi, National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) Director; Ms Rana Qaimari, Programme Officer, NEO; Engineer Iyad Abusamra from the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC); Drs Mousa Khaldi and Hasan Abdelkareem from Birzeit University and Drs Adnan Shehadeh and Elayan AbuGharbyeh from the Palestine Polytechnic University.

The presentation and discussions focused on the level of project achievement and the partnership agreements as well as the progress made on TAP by the Palestinian and European partner universities. The meeting aimed to monitor the progress made on each workpackage and to present timely recommendation for improvement and for addressing challenges for producing quality outcomes.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Mohammad El-Amleh, Vice President of Academic Affairs welcomed the guests and stressed the importance of the partnership with E+ programmes. He also referred to the project’s importance in terms of developing the Palestinian higher education practices especially for freshman education. He stressed the fact that TAP project is one among many collaboration and cooperation projects with our European partners.

Dr. Abdulkareem Daraghmeh, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Project Director mentioned that the project has been designed with the aim of improving assessment practices in foundational first year education using technology options. He added that the project presents a working model for transforming assessment practices using self-directed learning assisted modules, a practice which has not been used before in Palestine. He then gave a presentation on the project’s partners, goals, assessment schemes, preparatory, development and quality plans and the challenges that encountered the Palestinian partners during holding periodical meetings.

Dr. Jayousi expressed his delight for being at An-Najah since this was the first monitoring visit of the partners. He also Skyped with Dr. Ester Boldrini from the University De Alicante in Spain to talk about the project’s quality plans and Dr. Marian McCarthy from the University College Cork in Ireland to talk about building capacity of the Palestinian team at College Cork. The two professors are representatives of the European partners.

Mr. Hatem Sultan from the University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza also joined the meeting on Skype to talk about the obstacles that encountered the Gaza team in terms of communication with the team in the West Bank. He also talked about the university achievements regarding the TAP project.

At the end of the meeting, Dr. Jayousi mentioned that the meeting will result in exchanging information and reports between An-Najah National University as the project coordinator and the E+ Office in Palestine.

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