32 Students Awarded Diplomas in Public Sector Management, Management Training

The Birzeit University Center for Continuing Education held an August 6, 2015 graduation ceremony for 32 students who completed a vocational course in management and management training in the public sector.

The diploma program, which was conducted in partnership with the Palestinian police and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), focused on gender and accountability and the training of trainers.

The graduation ceremony was led by Vice President of Birzeit University for Community Outreach Liza Taraki, who said that the university is committed to partnering with various public institutions to maintain the development process in Palestine, as part of the social responsibility framework adopted by the university.

She said the management course provided a unique example of the university’s ability to bring together various bodies as it facilitated, implemented and financed the program, in order to contribute to improving the performance of the public sector.

Meanwhile, Unit for Learning Innovation Director Osama Mimi said what distinguished the program was the hard work exerted to improve the capabilities of Palestinian. He said the program included courses on government administration and communication, gender, accountability and transparency, in order to meet the needs of Palestinian police in these areas.

UNDP Project Manager Ahmad Shurafa thanked the university’s teaching staff and emphasized the importance of the partnership between the Palestinian police and UNDP, which jointly seek to develop the police force's ability to serve the interests of the Palestinian citizen.

Deputy Director General of the Palestinian police General Jihad al-Masimi also identified the importance of maintaining the development process by rehabilitating the Palestinian police and improving its overall performance in order to contribute to and support sustainable development.

Al-Masimi said the Palestinian police have no history of gender discrimination since its founding. He praised the Palestinian woman who, he said, has played a great role in facing the Israeli occupation.

Graduate Wafa’ Sharqawi delivered the closing statement on behalf of all graduates, in which she thanked the Center of Continuing Education for selecting the proper educators. She said the knowledge graduates received would positively affect their careers.

Towards the end of the ceremony, Center of Continuing Education director Marwan Tarazi and representatives of the program’s partners awarded 19 students vocational diplomas in management skills for public sector employees, while awarding another 13 students certificates in training of trainers.