Finish delegation looks into cooperation in digital-era education

A Finish delegation visited Birzeit University on October 6, 2020, and met with Birzeit University President Abdullatif Abuhijleh, Dean of the Faculty of Education Ahmad Aljanazreh, and Director of the External Academic Relations Office Amir Khalil to discuss prospects and methods of enhancing teaching and learning in the digital age.

The delegation comprised Head of the Finnish Representative Office in Ramallah Päivi Peltokoski, Head of Development Cooperation Jussi Karakoski, and the education coordinator Nelly Husary. The meeting also included representatives of the partner universities University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, and Al-Azhar University.

The visit is part of a larger project titled “Teacher Education without Walls–New Models for STEM and Teacher Education in the Digital age (OLIVE),” funded by the Finish National Agency for Education and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finnland.

The OLIVE project focuses on creating new online-learning environments and developing pedagogical approaches by enhancing teachers’ capacities and enabling students to access open educational resources. The project aims to help build a comprehensive transformation of teacher education and equip teachers and students with the skills necessary to exploit modern technologies and online learning tools.

Students will also learn vital STEM skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, self-learning, and the use of technology in their learning process.