Palestine Techno Park, Al Nayzak sign MoU
The Palestine Techno Park, represented by Chairperson Dr. Abdullatif Abuhijleh, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Al Nayzak Organization for Supportive Education & Scientific Innovation, represented by Chair Aref Husseini. The agreement included the establishment and operation of an auditorium for science and technology, and the designation of suitable spaces to install illustrative science and technology models, both of which would be put in place on the park’s premises.
“The purpose of this agreement is to establish and identify possible channels of cooperation to allocate funds for the establishment and set-up of an auditorium and the Technological Scientific Center. The memorandum also includes provisions for the installation of illustrative models, to advance the understanding of science and technology, on the park’s green areas,” said Husseini.
Dr. Abdullatif noted that the auditorium will be the second building in the park, which is built on lands donated by Birzeit University. “Space has been allocated for the construction of the first building of the park, the Palestine-India Techno Park Building,” added Dr. Abuhijleh.”
“Another area was specifically designated for the upcoming auditorium. We’re working on attracting new investments and new partners to develop four more buildings in order to launch techno-clusters that aim at economic diversity and growth based on knowledge, science, and technology. These clusters will provide an attractive environment and infrastructure for foreign and local investments, especially from Palestinian investors in this sector.”
The Palestine Techno Park was supported by a generous donation from the Indian government, which included construction works in the Palestine-India Techno Park Building and infrastructure works, such as barriers, internal roads, ducting, a wastewater treatment unit, and green areas on the site.
Twenty acres of Birzeit University’s campus grounds were donated to the Park by the university’s board of trustees, citing the Park’s proximity to academic research centers and an active student body as catalysts for its future success. The Park’s location also benefits the students by providing job, training, and networking opportunities.
The Palestine Techno Park signed four incubation agreements, on January 15, 2018, with startup entrepreneurial projects, raising the total number of incubation projects to seven, each with its own unique entrepreneurial idea.
The incubation agreements were part of the Creative Cluster Campus (CCC) Project implemented by the Palestine Techno Park in cooperation with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit – Birzeit University and funded by the Islamic Development Bank, and were managed by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme (DEEP) and supervised by The Ministry of Social Affairs.
The project aims to connect entrepreneurial support with technological startups, such that they would eventually have the expertise and skills required to benefit Palestinian society and provide economic value.