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Title: University cooperation with the local Palestinian industry : example of Faculty of Engineering at Birzeit University
Authors: Abu Hanieh, Ahmed
Hasan, Afif
Keywords: Business and education - Palestine - Research
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Erasmus Plus Newsletter
Abstract: Statistical data shows that the Palestinian industrial sectors work at less than 50% of their real capacity, which makes it difficult to create a successful industry without cooperating with academic institutions in Palestine. University-Industry cooperation is thus a top priority in the university sector and has a specific strategic importance at Birzeit University (BZU). Birzeit University’s main tools of cooperation with local industry include the following; • Scientific visits and student training: Four-year students have to undergo six weeks of practical training in local firms or industry, working in the engineering field. • Graduation projects: Final year students have to complete a one-year project (five credit hours). The local industry and engineering community can be engaged in selecting or suggesting topics or projects. They can also be part of joint supervision and the final evaluation of student projects. • Consultancy: Faculty members can offer consultancy to various companies in their field of expertise. • Joint projects: Industry and faculty can formulate and seek funding for joint projects of mutual interest. Which might include development of products, production, training of engineers and technology transfer.
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