Community Outreach

The Faculty has strong ties with local organizations and companies forged through cooperation agreements and joint activities. Its advisory boards are comprised of established engineers and professionals that contribute to the Faculty’s overall development and outreach. In addition, the Faculty maintains good working relations with international universities and works closely with its partners in seeking external funding for joint projects.

The Faculty has secured funding for three projects to be conducted jointly with local, regional and European universities. The grants are to develop 3 master programs in Software Engineering, Sustainable Engineering in Production, and Electrical Engineering, in addition to developing curriculum for "Serious Games" as a new academic concentration in Computer Science. All 3 master programs and the "Serious Games" concentration are already under implementation.

An agreement between the University and the Municipality of Birzeit governs a project to plan and design touring routes for the town that is funded by the Municipal Development and Lending Fund.

The Faculty through the Department of Architectural Engineering has also become a partner in the Medneta Project to promote cross-border dialogue and support communities that make up the urban and social fabric in historic cities. The project is funded by the European Union.

The Faculty through members of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering continues with the Tempus capacity building project “Career Oriented Curricula: Development for Road Vehicle Maintenance” in cooperation with local universities.

The Faculty through members of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science won a funded project from the Qatar National Research for Smart Cities, and a Google Research Award to support a project related to the influence of dialects on voice recognition devices.

The Faculty through members of the Department of Computer Science won several externally funded projects including the MOSIAC Project within the framework of EU-FP7, Curras Project, the Palestinian Dialectal Corpus funded by Palestinian Research Council, Arabic Ontology Project funded by Birzeit Research Committee, and VerbMesh Project funded by Birzeit Research Committee.

The Faculty through members of the Information Technology has recently won 2 new projects in Health Informatics which are funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ project. The main aim of the projects is to develop curriculum for new academic concentrations in the area of Health Informatics.

The Faculty and through members of the Department of Civil Engineering executed environmental studies; Transboundary Climate Security: Climate Vulnerability and Human Security in the Jordan River Basin funded by the Emirates Foundation, and Treatment of Olive Mill Waste Water at Rural Areas in the West Bank, the project is executed with the Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS) and funded by the Netherlands Government.