Strategic Plan

Birzeit University constantly strives to keep up with international developments, align them within a local and regional context and expand ongoing development plans underpinned by the principles that guided the university since its establishment as a school in 1924. These plans seek to provide the finest higher education for Palestinians in an atmosphere of academic freedom and liberalism, accomplish academic excellence, serve the Palestinian community and engage in national action. Within this context, Birzeit University’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 was developed with a slogan of:

“Strengthening Quality and Identity”.

The development of the plan coincided with the 50th anniversary of the transformation of Birzeit College into a university that offers Bachelor programs and the construction of a new campus. The plan also coincided with the unusual circumstances that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the plans of all organizations, including higher education institutions regionally and internationally.

The new strategic directions examined the circumstances and transformations that coincided with the development of the plan, the university’s development over the past 50 years, insights gained in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and discussions on the future of universities in light of considerable technological advances and digitalization. In this context, this Strategic Plan stems from a national vision that accommodates the university’s identity and global trends and fosters knowledge production initiatives that take local and regional conditions into consideration.

The adapted goals, priorities and interventions are the result of collective work and dialogue amongst all university constituents—academic, administrative staff and students. This Strategic Plan identified the priorities for new directions and initiatives and maintained established principles based on the analysis of current challenges and prospects and internal and external networking. The plan focuses on the quality of teaching and learning, academic and research excellence, community engagement, enhancing the production of emancipatory knowledge and addressing society’s issues within a committed, national and ethical framework.