On February 29 2016, Birzeit University celebrated the renovation of the Engineering and Science laboratories and the improved network at the Computer Center. It was renovated with the $2 million donation from UAE Red Crescent addressed to improve the academic infrastructure at the University.
The inauguration ceremony concluded the first and second phase of this project, which targeted the labs at the Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Civil Engineering departments.
The project also worked to improve the labs in the Chemistry, Biology and Physics departments, in addition to enhancing the efficiency of the Computer Center.
“We strive to build a strong educational system that encompasses professional teachers and high-quality learning materials and methodologies, which is essential to Palestine’s economic growth, development and stability,” University President Professor Abu Hijleh said.
“Quality education is a top priority for us. We are keen to work with our partners and generous donors to secure the University’s independence and promote its role in education, research and community development,” he added.
Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Adel Zagha said: “We work to strengthen and align central administrative and financial functions with the University’s core mission of teaching, research and service. We also work closely with our allies to create meaningful partnerships that better support excellence in higher-education and help to build a generation of leaders.”
“Development and humanitarian assistance are crucial aspects of UAE’s foreign policy. The Emirates Red Crescent continues to provide in-kind and financial assistance to support Palestinians and strengthen their institutions, especially educational ones,” commented Mr. Sami Makkawi, Head of the Emirates Red Crescent office in Ramallah. “Palestinian universities plays an integral role in the Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence, and UAE is committed to improving lives and meeting the needs of Palestinians,” he further explained.