The reports section informs on activities and achievements by recent and former DAAD scholars, cooperation projects between Palestinian and German partners and relevant developments in higher education in Palestine and Germany.

Gruppenbild Mit Tasche Vip 2015

Palestinian delegation of university leaders visits Germany 

Following an invitation by the DAAD, a high ranking delegation of representatives of nine Palestinian universities from the Westbank and Gaza visited in the third week of May Germany in order to learn more about the German university and research landscape and to explore possibilities for an intensified cooperation with German partners.

Meetings with representatives of the DAAD, the Humboldt Foundation and the German Rectors Conference (HRK) in Bonn introduced the guests to the German system of Higher Education with a focus on internationalization.

A visit to the renowned Research Center at Jülich allowed insights in certain research fields, but was also used to discuss a deepening of a cooperation that started in 2011.

Talks at the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) in Bonn provided information on research activities – including the interaction between state and the universities – as well as on the upcoming call for … within the frame of the German-Palestinian research initiative.

In Cologne two universities presented themselves to the Palestinian visitors: Cologne University and the Cologne University for Applied Sciences. At request of the guests special emphasis was given to the teaching of medicine at Cologne University.

The delegation moved than to Berlin, where it was received by the president of the Technical University for a fruitful round-table discussion.

A visit to the Palestinian Mission resulted in an intensified exchange on the perspective of further cooperation possibilities from the Palestinian point of view.

At the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies recent research projects from the field of “Islamic studies” were presented to the guests.

A dinner with four members of the German parliament (Bundestag), which had been arranged by the DAAD office in Berlin, gave the opportunity to discuss the difficult political circumstances under which the Palestinian universities have to operate.

Visits to two universities of applied sciences in Berlin made the delegation acquainted with this typical German form of university that is characterized by a clear practical orientation and close relations with local business and industry. At the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) the presentation of a number of recent projects and activities made this approach visible and provided a stimulus for imitation and cooperation. At the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) talks concentrated on so called “Dual Study Courses”, courses that include regular practical work in a company as part of the study program. During this visit the delegation was joined by Dr Jamil Harb, the head of the DAAD alumni association in the Westbank, who is actually guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam.

An evening at the Berliner Philharmonie (the Berlin Philharmonics) gave not only musical pleasure but made the guests also reflect about the great results coordinated teamwork – in this case by the orchestra – can produce.

Finally a visit to Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (EUSD) served as an introduction to two recent and successful cooperation projects between German and Palestinian institutions of higher education. The EUSD provided – mainly from the students’ point of view – insights into its cooperation with Dar Al Kalima University College at Bethlehem in the field of sustainable tourism while two representatives of Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences spoke about their experiences with a consortium of Palestinian partners in carrying out a project in conflict resolution/social work.

In a statement on their tour the participants described it as “both informative, and to a great extent, conducive to promoting international academic relations and supporting development of an effective higher education system in Palestine.

German representative hands over deed of donation for equipment grant

During a visit to Birzeit University on 27th of November 2014 Ms Barbara Wolf, the head of the German representative office in Ramallah, presented the official gift of donation for a climate chamber to Dr Ghada Karaki. The device will be used within the laboratory of material at the Department of Civil Engineering at BZU. The chamber allows the simulation of different climate conditions, humidity levels and temperatures for concrete specimens. These laboratory tests are necessary to construct maturity curves for the concrete mixes produced by the local market. The aim is to offer maturity curves that predict concrete strength based on temperature history of the concrete considering different levels of humidity. Dr Karaki as well Dr Khalil Hindi, Birzeit’s president who was present at the ceremony, thanked the German side for supporting applied research at BZU by providing the needed equipment. The donation happened within the DAAD’s “Equipment Grant” programme which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development Cooperation (BMZ). Dr Karaki who is a DAAD alumna and has got her PhD from Bauhaus University Weimar was the first/second successful applicant from Birzeit University.


Five months at the German Bundestag

Mai Tahboub, a Palestinian master student of Public Policy & Good Governance at Passau University, made recently in Berlin what she calls "one of the most challenging and interesting experiences of my life". The International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS), offered by the German Foreign Ministry, provided her with the opportunity to spend five months at the German parliament.

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The International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) will also be available in 2018. For details click: here

  • Palestinian DAAD scholarship holder receives grant of the German Bundestag

Fadi Zatari from Hebron was chosen by a selection committee of the German Bundestag to do an internship with a German MP in Berlin, as part of the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) program. Since the first of March Fadi experiences up close how policy is made in Germany in the office of SPD parliamentarian Michael Gross.
He accompanies "his" deputy on all dates that make up the everyday life of German politics, and takes part in faction meetings, working groups, conferences, interviews, panel discussions, etc. This is a very special opportunity for Fadi as a political scientist - he studies "Political Theory" at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.
A highlight of his work will be the visit to the constituency of his MP, which will bring him into direct contact with the German electorate. Fadi is already curious to find out how he can apply his experiences collected during the parliamentary internship experiences to Palestine on his return. He would like to contribute and to introduce the values ​​and concepts of German democracy, including social justice, into the political culture of Palestine. This corresponds to the purpose of the grant, which is aimed at politically interested young talents "who want to get involved actively for democratic values ​​in their home countries."