Birzeit University staff discuss new Erasmus+ program, academic exchange in International Staff Training Week

Representatives of Birzeit University’s External Academic Relations Office and the Office of Grants and Contracts discussed the latest Erasmus+ programs as well as international cooperation under the COVID-19 pandemic during the five-day 2021 Erasmus+ International Staff Training Week. 

Organized by the Philipps University of Marburg (Philipps-Universität Marburg), the training week has held online and featured discussions on new events and initiatives in the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ program, formats for student and faculty mobility under the COVID-19 travel restrictions, and new training programs to develop staff’s competencies. 

Dr. Amir Khalil, the external academic relations officer at Birzeit University, said that the 2021 International Staff Training Week was an excellent chance to discuss the latest opportunities provided by the Erasmus+ program and the challenges presented by COVID-19 to international cooperation and academic exchange initiatives. 

As part of the Erasmus+ program, Birzeit University has relations with over 60 European universities, such as the Philipps University of Marburg in Germany, University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in France, and the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. 

Through these linkages, Birzeit University students can participate in lectures and seminars, professors engage in groundbreaking research projects, and staff members join training sessions and workshops in some of the world’s finest and most well-regarded universities.