The Palestine Academy for Science and Technology (The Academy) held the First Cooperation Workshop within the Palestinian-German Science Bridge, aiming to form new and strengthen existing cooperation and to meet thesis candidates and co-supervisors from the 1st Call for Thesis Project Requests.
The workshop also aimed to strengthen a joint research and education program for the First Call for Financial Support for Staff Exchange, and in particular to arrange mutual meetings between faculty members of Palestinian universities.
In the workshop, President of The Academy Professor Marwan Awartani explained that the Palestinian-German Science Bridge strengthens the Palestinian scientific research system and develops research capabilities in various scientific and engineering fields, including botany, neuroscience, life sciences, information technology, atomic physics, energy and climate sciences. Awartani invited Palestinian universities to make every effort to embrace graduates of the Science Bridge and to benefit from their distinguished research and scientific expertise to contribute to putting a stop to brain drain.
Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Aachen University, Professor Ghalib Al-Natour said that the Palestinian-German Science Bridge Project is the first step to set an infrastructure for scientific research in Palestine through scientific cooperation between the Juelich Center and Palestinian universities.
He explained that Juelich Center seeks to strengthen cooperation with the Palestinians by enabling Palestinian graduates to prepare and conduct their own research projects at Juelich Center, then to establish research groups in their universities upon their return to Palestine.
Advisor at the International Bureau and representative of the Federal Ministry of Research and Higher Education Suzanne Robert Elias emphasized the importance of expanding the cooperation and partnerships between the Federal German Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education through strengthening the relations between Palestinian universities, specifically by holding workshops and incubating scientific research projects of its researchers and graduates.
She noted that the Ministry has recently added two new disciplines, namely, Health Science and Applied Sociology.
Suzanne Elias stated that the development of scientific research will be increased through the construction of Palestinian-German bridges which builds the scientific capacities of the teams of researchers and Palestinian graduates in the sectors of water, energy and environment.
Parallel to the workshop, Palestinian universities, including: Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, An-Najah National University, Arab American University, Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, Hebron University, Palestine Ahliya University, Palestine Polytechnic University, Al-Quds University, Al-Quds Open University, signed an accession document with The Academy and JuelichCenter to provide 14 scholarships for PhD students, and 50 scholarships to Master programs.
The workshop was attended by the President of Palestine Academy for Science and Technology Professor Marwan Awartani, Director of the Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics at JuelichCenter and the professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Aachen University Prof. Ghalib Natour, the German coordinator of the Science Bridge project Sybille Krummacher, the Advisor at the International Bureau as a representative of the Federal Ministry of Research and Higher Education Suzanne Robert Elias, the Secretary General of the Academy- Prof. Emad Al-Khatib, and the Coordinators of the Palestinian-German Science Bridge Project, alongside with various researchers from Forschungszentrum JuelichGmbH and Palestinian universities.