Faculty of Business and Economics forges long-term collaborations with three companies

Birzeit University students and graduates, especially those enrolled at the Faculty of Business and Economics, have the opportunity to train and do internships at three prominent Palestinian companies. The university has recently signed new cooperation agreements with Izhiman Coffee Company, Arab Palestinian Investment Company (APIC) and Jerusalem Pharmaceuticals.

Signing the agreements were Birzeit University President Abdullatif Abuhijleh; Mohammad Izhiman, the chairman of Izhiman Coffee’s board of directors; Nader Hawari, the vice president of corporate operations and business development at APIC; and Mohammed Masrouji, the chairman of the Jerusalem Pharmaceutical Company.

The three companies will team up with university faculty to develop the curricula taught at the university’s programs in finance, accounting, business administration, and economics and will provide training and internship opportunities for students and graduates. In turn, the university encourages selected professional employees from each company to enroll in the Executive Master of Business Administration Program (EMBA).

EMBA Program is tailored for professionals with extensive executive experience in the Palestinian marketplace with the purpose of enhancing their collective business acumen through a series of specialized courses that meet their ever-changing needs.

Abuhijleh stressed the university’s commitment to build networks and sustained partnerships with the private sector for their ability to help in preparing competent graduate capable of work and production, in line with the national priorities and Palestinian developmental goals.

Samia Al- Botmeh, the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, encouraged the three companies to recruit their employees to enroll in the faculty’s EMBA program. The program, according to Al-Botmeh, allows enrolled professionals to interact, share experiences and add to knowledge production process in the field of business, trade and economics.

The three companies have a long history of partnership with Birzeit University. Mohammed Masrouji is a supporter and contributor to the expansion of Birzeit University campus, and is the founder Birzeit University Friends Association. AIPEC, represented by its Chairman and CEO Tarek Aggad, supporter and funder of the solar power system inside the university’s campus, and financer of scholarships to students at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.