Cooperazione Universitaria

The cooperation between Italian Universities, supported by the General Directorate for Cooperation and Development, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has enabled us to offer important post-graduate training courses, a true novelty among the Masters programmes available in Italy and Palestine today.
The University cooperation between our two countries allows us to offer students the chance to acquire an excellent theoretical background as well as practical skills, including both specific professional skills and flexibility in order to meet the growing demands of the new global labor market.   The Italian Government has promoted Coordination with the Italian Universities, CRUI (Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane) and CNR, in order to develop and sustain a common foreign policy. Universities can play a significant role in building partnerships with other relevant actors, including international organizations, diplomacy, technical cooperation, peace forces and NGOs. Universities should not act as elite ivory towers, far removed from real problems and challenges; instead, they should be proactive in the field and share their expertise and knowledge as well as exchange and learn from other actors including private and public institutions.   The Italian Universities work in particular for:

  • Training courses;
  • Scientific Research;
  • Trasfert of Technologies;
  • Human Relations promotion. 

For a total amount of approximately 2 MEuro, at the moment the Italian Government,  is supporting the following ongoing important programmes:  

Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Direction for Cooperation and Development for a total amount of approximatly 1 MEuro over three years (January 2011-July 2014) and coordinated by University of Pavia, the E-PLUS programme aims to improve  and widen the academic programmes and the didactic skills of the Palestinian Universities, setting the conditions for their integration in the international higher education system on a competitive basis, establishing an integrated programme of University Cooperation between Italy and Palestine and generating  a positive spin-off for social and economic conditions of Palestine.   The Universities involved in the programme include: 7 Palestinian Partners: Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, Al Quds University, Hebron University, Palestinian Polytechnic University, An Najah University, Arab American University of Jenin
8 Italian partners: University of Bologna, Polytechnic of Milan, La Sapienza-University of Rome, University of Palermo, University of Siena, IUSS-Institute of Advanced Studies of Pavia, University of Trento, University of Bergamo   18 Palestinian students have benefited from the experience of being together in the same class for four months, sharing knowledge on different themes, all of them of relevance to the Middle Eastern situation. These students come from north to south of Palestine, twelve of them are from eight universities in the West Bank and six from two universities in Gaza.

The project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Direction for Cooperation and Development, for a total amount of approximately  450.000 Euro, stems from a fifteen-year collaboration between the archaeological mission in Palestine of Rome’s La Sapienza University and the Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Tourism (MOTA-DACH) of the Palestinian National Authority, in the context of the archeological explorations in the site of Tell- Es-Sultan, old Jericho. 

The initiative is promoted by Second University of Naples (SUN) and concerns the improvement of the diagnostic and therapeutic hospital deliveries through the introduction of mini-invasive surgeon techniques in the Palestinian public hospitals  of Jenin, Jericho and Beit Jala.
The project, funded on a total amount of 747.000 Euro, will last over the next three years (2012-2015).
This initiative is part of overall strategy of the Italian Cooperation 2013-2015 in the health sector in which we play the role of European lead donor.  

 The UNESCO, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” established a Programme of University Cooperation among:
5 Israeli  Universities : Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva , University of Haifa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science) and
4 Palestinian Universities: Alquds University, Bethlehem University, Hebron University and Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron 
and the Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Italian Consulate General in Jerusalem and the United Nations in Jerusalem. 
The  “Masters of Social Sciences and Humanitarian Affairs”, with a special focus on the most important social, economic, cultural, technological and health-environment issues is implemented by Israeli and Palestinian Universities and the University “La Sapienza” of Rome.
The goal of the programme is to bring together young graduate students from Israeli Universities, Palestinian Universities and the University “La Sapienza” of Rome to a joint studies programme in social sciences and humanitarian affairs, with the aim to advance their training and improve their curriculum as well as to motivate them to study in a spirit of mutual understanding. The programme is designed to provide the students with the key professional skills for dealing with regional, national and international institutions, public policies and political sciences, archaeology and restoration, protection of the environment, agriculture, engineering and technology, science, institutional and constitutional building, public health, economics and humanitarian affairs.
Each University will participate with 4 to 5 students, with the following distribution: 4 students from each of 5 Israeli Universities (20 students); 5 students from each of 4 Palestinian University (20 students) and 4 students from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome (for a total of 44 selected students). 

  • Other projects

Last but not least, in 2005 the University of Pavia implemented, together with the University of Bethlehem and three Italian Ngo VIS-CISP-COOPI, a Masters course in Cooperation and Development (MICAD) preparing excellent leaders and professionals who are committed to sustainable development in Palestine.
VIS and Bethlehem University have implemented a Masters in Public Administration together with the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione and they work together with the John Paul Foundation in order to create a Socio-economic Observatory.