American researchers in Palestinian affairs visit BZU

A United States delegation of scholars and academics at the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) visited Birzeit University on May 27, 2017. The delegation met with the University President Abdullatif Abuhijleh, academic and students.

Both parties looked into cooperation in the fields of academic researches, as well as faculty and staff exchange.

The visit is intended for participants to learn about Palestine and the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academics.

Executive Director at PARC Penelope Mitchell said that such visits aim to improve scholarship about the Palestinians, and strengthen linkages among Palestinian, American and foreign research institutions and scholars.    

During their meeting with Abuhijleh, the Vice President of Academic Affairs Henry Giacaman and the Director of the External Academic Relations Office Amir Khalil, the delegation was introduced to the university’s history, mission and future prospects.

Members at the Right to Education campaign and the BDS pointed out that  systematic violations that Israeli occupation practices against education including the restrictions of movement, the continuous arrest for students and academics, the lack of research resources and educational materials, the localization of knowledge and the illegal settlements expansion.

Master’s students in international studies, and democracy and human rights program presented their insights on the Palestinian social, economic and political realities and challenges.

The delegation extended their support for Palestinians and discussed possible ways to defending students’ right to education, and protecting Palestinian culture and narrative.