ITU has signed a protocol with Palestine Academy for Science and Technology. PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 12:21

ITU has paid attention to All European Academies’ (ALLEA)international call for academic solidarity with Palestine. At the meeting organized by ALLEA Committee on Science and Ethics in June 2010 in Oslo, ITU involved in the initiative which aims to encourage and coordinate solidarity with high education institutions  in Palestine. Thus, Istanbul Technical University hosted the delagation formed by Secretary General of Palestine Academic for Science and Technology – PALAST) and representatives of universities in Palestine visited ITU on May 2, 2011 Monday.

 Palestine Delegation including academics from universities in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gazza signed a protocol with ITU regarding exchange for faculty members, sharing scientific resources and distance learning.


Participants of Palestine delegation; Vice Rector for Al Quds University Prof. Dr. Hassan Salah İbrahim Dweik, Secretary General for Palestine Academy for Science and Technology Assoc. Prof. Imad Khatib, Assoc. Prof. and Vice Rector Assistant Dr. Abdalaziz A. A. Shawabka from Birzeit University in Ramallah are accompanied by ITU delegation including ITU Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammed Şahin, Vice Rector  Prof. Dr. M. Fevzi Ünal, Advisor to the Rector Prof. Dr. Yunus Kalkan, Assoc. Dr. Selçuk Paker and Prof. Dr.  Ayşe Erzan, faculty member at Faculty of Science and Letters and member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.


ITU Rector Prof Dr. Şahin has stated that the first Turkish University to consider the international call of All European Academies (ALLEA) is ITU and declared that “ITU will provide library support. Besides, electronic archive of ITU library will be available for Palestinian universities. Furthermore, book support will be provided as well. Within the framework of distance learning, common lectures and video conferences will be given. We will also start student exchange opportunities for students in Palestine to study at  ITU.”

Imad Khatib ,Secretary General of Palestine Academy for Science and Technology emphasized the importance of the protocol and stated that “Along with this agreement, ITU professors will contribute to our institutions at a great extent and they will play an enourmous role in the construction of Palestine’s future. I am indebted to everyone who contributed a lot to actualize this project.” On the other hand, Prof. Dr. Hassan Salah İbrahim Dweik emphasized that “it is an honor for us to assign with ITU, that is not only Turkey’s but alsoone of the world’s best universities. Hence, I would like to express my gratitutes to Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammed Şahin and Prof. Dr. Ayşe Erzan for their efforts.”


Following the speech of the participants, the agreement was signed.


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