Birzeit University takes the lead in "British Council Going Global" Conference

On May 22-24, 2017, Birzeit University will be participating in the British Council's annual "Going Global" Conference for leaders of international education at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. A team of three professors will jointly collaborate to represent the university in an interdisciplinary cooperation among Birzeit's academic units to explore the theme of the conference "Global cities: connecting talent, driving change."

This participation is part of the continuing partnership between Birzeit University and the British Council.

Along with 1200 leaders from around 80 countries, the Chairperson of the Architectural Engineering Department Yasid Elrifai, the Director of the Palestine and Arabic Studies Program (PAS) Tina Jaber Rafdi, and the lecturer at the Architecture Engineering Department Dima Yaser, will be representing BZU in the speaking panel and the poster session under the theme “Blurring Boundaries: The Case of Birzeit University”

This participation comes on the heels of the university's efforts in internationalization, and contribution in the global efforts to increase the role of universities in socio-economic development.

Rafidi- Jaber, Elrifai and Yaser will be focusing on Birzeit University experience and challenges in promoting and supporting its students' achievements and accomplishments locally and internationally within the context of colonization, and the role of tertiary education in the urbanized world. They will also discuss how higher-education institutions can contribute in the health eco system through, creative thinking and multi-disciplinary approaches to ensure health and well-being.

"Going Global 2017" will explore how higher-education institutions can support city-regional economies and social and civic engagement connecting the world cities to global talent and addressing global challenges.