About BERC

The Business and Economic Research Center was inaugurated in 2016 as part of the activities of Erasmus’s BERC project (Developing the Capacity of Business and Economic Research Centers at Palestinian Higher Education Institutions).

BERC aims to support research and innovation within the Faculty of Business and Economics at Birzeit University, as well as researchers and students through fostering academic interaction with our peers in other departments, local and international universities.

BERC promotes exposure to recent techniques and methodologies in scientific research, as well as improving faculty and students’ access to world-class academic journals and scholars. BERC seeks to create networks with the local community, including the private sector, policy makers and civil society to produce relevant research and contribute to the development of local communities.

The Birzeit University Business and Economic Research Center (BZU BERC) aspires to be the trusted source of high quality and objective business and economics related research utilizing a convergence of local and international expertise.

  • The BZU BERC seeks to utilize its resources comprised of staff and students that are already engaged in research and consulting efforts coupled with continuous input and communication with private sector and international agencies. This will be carried out through coordinated efforts from the Faculty of Business and Economics, the Faculty Advisory Council (comprised of 9 private sector CEOs, 4 department chairpersons, 2 MA program directors, the dean, and assistant to the dean), the Training and Employment Unit, and Cooperative Education Program.  These sources will provide the contact points with the private sector and communicative mechanism whereby solutions can be offered.
  • The BZU BERC provides solutions in the form of research studies in both an academic and practical capacity through utilizing local staff competencies and international expertise. BZU’s strategic network of partners encompassing private sector entities, public and semi-public institutions, in addition to international and local development agencies and NGOs is key to the effectiveness of the BERC.