The President of Al-Quds University, Prof. Imad Abu Kishek, received in his office on the main campus the President of East Michigan University, Prof. James Smith, and the accompanying delegation.
Palestinian officials from the Presidential Office, including advisors from the departments of Strategic Planning and Policies, also joined the meeting which was attended by a number of AQU’s vice presidents and administrators.
Prof. Abu Kishek presented the university’s strategy of keeping pace with the latest developments in the academic and educational areas to meet the needs of the market. The university president stressed the need to offer new academic programs and conduct scientific researches that are based on entrepreneurial ideas.
Within that context, AQU’s officials presented an overview about the university’s programs that focus on the market’s demands, mainly the Dual Studies program that combines theoretical education with practical field-training to bridge the gap between academic education and the labor market. They also cited Al-Quds Bard College as an example of academic partnership between AQU and American high education institutions.
Dr. James Smith for his part reviewed the programs offered by East Michigan University, highlighting some of the academic exchange programs that come within the framework of its international partnerships. He expressed his interest in developing education in Palestine and serving the students in the various fields.
The officials from AQU and the representatives of the Supreme Committee in the Presidential Office discussed with the officials from East Michigan University the idea of offering programs in Diplomacy.
It is worth noting that the parties agreed to support AQU in offering professional training to Palestinian school teachers in cooperation with the American Foundation for Global Education. Besides, they discussed providing solutions to programs that focus on international relations and diplomacy, strategic studies and cyber security, information technology, computer sciences, and engineering, as well as cooperation in scientific research in the medical and educational fields, among other areas.