Italian Consul Visits Campus

Deputy Head of Mission at the Consulate General in Jerusalem Luigi Mattirolo met with Birzeit University president Abdel Latif Abu Hijleh and External Academic Relations officer Dolly Kaibni-Namour on June 16, 2016. Abu Hijleh briefed the delegation on the university’s academic status and future plans, calling for strengthening future academic relations with Italy.

Namour said that the university recognizes the long-standing support of Italy to Palestine, especially in the higher-education sector. “Italy and Birzeit have cooperated in a number of academic, exchange and research activities. The educational engagement programs that we have are the indispensable foundation for our mutual respect, and productive cooperation.”

Mattirolo emphasized that cooperation with Palestinian academic institutions is part of the Italian government’s vision and policies to support education. “We seek to improve the quality of academia in Palestine, and provide the Palestinian community with qualified graduates to promote sustainable development,” he said.