German experts presented the results of an intensive research on the needs and opportunities to increase the employability of university graduates through introducing an innovative study concept (dual study) on 7th April 2014 at Abu Dies campus.
The main objective of this concept at Al-Quds University is to decrease the gap between theoretical studies at universities and the demands of the private sector for employees to be able to start practically working in their companies immediately after graduation. The representative of the private sector underlined that university graduates lack practical experiences, critical thinking, team work, communication skills, and other soft skills to be productive when joining their companies.
Al-Quds University (AQU) approached the German Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for support to examine the possibility for the establishment of this study concept that will combine theoretical studies with intensive training in companies during the studies for a Bachelor degree. The interviewed representatives of the private and public sectors as well as the university’s academic staff responded very positively to this concept. Representatives of Palestinian companies like NAPCO, JAWWAL, Royal, JDECO, Millennium Energy Industries, Pharmacare, PICTI, Nieroukh Scales and Furniture, and the Palestinian Standard Institute expressed their interest to be involved in designing and implementing of such an approach. The Director General for Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) at the Ministry for Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) and the Head of the Palestinian Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC) also underlined their support, indicating the need to carefully prepare for the accreditation of new study programs.
Based on this positive response from Palestinian counterparts, representatives of GIZ, the Professional Training Center at Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) and the German Representative Office in Ramallah expressed their assistance for the development of the dual study program at AQU. Their support would include, in particular, the development of the structure and management of a potential new college, the elaboration of specific curricula, the training of trainers and academic staff, including probable exchange of staff and excellent students.