Information session introduces capacity building projects in higher education

Birzeit University’s External Academic Relations Office and the National Erasmus+ Office held an information session introducing the capacity building projects that are offered by Erasmus+.

Capacity-building projects support the accessibility and internationalization of higher education, and aim to encourage cooperation between the European Union and partner countries in addressing challenges in the management and governance of their higher education institutions.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Faisal Awadallah, emphasized the importance of such projects to promote sustainable development and encompass a multitude of activities that will enable Birzeit University’s staff, faculty members and students to enhance performance and contribute to the achievement of Palestinian development objectives.

The Director of the Erasmus+ National Office, Nedal Jayousi, began the session introducing the attendees to the capacity building projects, stressing their role in the development and improvement of the quality of higher education, fostering new education programs and modernizing higher education systems through reform policies.

Jayousi said that there are two types of capacity building projects: the first one is the joint projects which aim to improve curricula, and the second one is the structural projects that aim to promote reforms in higher education systems in cooperation with the Minister of Education and Higher Education. These projects, according to Jayousi, can involve institutions from the same country, or within the region or the world.

Jayousi concluded the session outlining some tips and tricks that an applicant must employ in order to win a project.