Under the patronage of the Palestinian Ambassador to Greece, His Excellency Mr. Marwan Toubasi, Birzeit University recently signed formal agreements with three Greek universities to strengthen academic cooperation in the areas of education, academic research, teaching, capacity building, as well as the exchange of expertise.
University President Professor Abdel Latif Abu Hijleh signed three independent MOUs with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, National Technical University of Athens and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens.
“These partnerships are part of our University’s eagerness to integrate international and intercultural dimensions in our teaching, research and services. We strongly believe that working with our peers in Greece can serve as an indispensable resource for Birzeit University, that can allow us to build and expand linkages with the world’s top universities to benefit from their extensive experiences in education and higher education,” said Abu Hijleh.
“We pay special tribute to the foresight of the Greek government for its creation of a conducive, competitive and dynamic educational environment, and to its influential contributions to western civilization in the areas of philosophy, art, architecture and science. We are looking forward to building strong ties with Greece and ensuring that we can support each other,especially in education,”added Abu Hijleh.
Abu Hijleh extended his thanks to H.E. Marwan Toubasi for his efforts in organizing such ventures and his support during Abu Hijleh’s visit to Greece. In addition, Abu Hijleh also met with the Greek Minister of Education and discussed further mechanisms to enhance academic relations between the two countries.
“Developing international alliances and partnerships to support and build our capacity and capability in research is crucial increating a supportive environment and educational experience that correlate with positive outcomes for students,” concluded Abu Hijleh.
Abu Hijleh was warmly welcomed by members of the Palestinian community in Greece. He emphasized on the important role which Palestinians in disaspora can play in defending the Palestinian cause in the world.