An official opening for innovative
virtual learning laboratories took place at Palestine University Khadouri
Tulkarm in synchronisation with Al Quds Abu Dis University, under the
activities run by WaSec ERASMUS Plus project; which is coordinated by
The event took place in the presence
of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Saed Malak, the Director
of the national of Erasmus Plus Office in Palestine; Dr. Nidal Al-Jayyousi, and
Prof. Dr. Saed Khayyat, WaSec project coordinator, in addition to a delegation
from the Palestinian Water Authority and project partners from Palestine,
Jordan and European countries.
Prof. Saed Malak, The Vice President
of the PTUK University, welcomed the attendees and thanked Dr. Nidal Al-Jayyousi
for his continuous support for the university in the framework of the Erasmus Plus
Prof. Mallak announced in his
opening speech the launching of the first regional cooperative academic master
program in the field of water sciences with the generous support from the
European Union through Erasmus Plus programme.
He explained that this program is
the first and the only one by its nature in terms of its academic exchange and
technology transfer between EU and Palestine, in addition to the full
partnership with the local, regional and EU enterprises.
Dr. Jayyousi during his speech
appreciated the efforts exerted by the project partner to build this unique
program and explore this academic experience which he considered the best
practice of achievement out of WaSec process. He emphasized on the continuous
support by the national Erasmus Plus office for any project that shows good
potential to develop and support the innovative educational experience in
our local universities that open the door for further cooperation with the EU
universities to exchange the knowledge and transfer the technologies specially
in the vital sector of water.
Professor Saed Khayyat explained
that the new WaSec program considered a program with a dynamic nature that
depends on designing educational materials based on the feedback from local and
global industrial and enterprise sectors.
After that, Prof. Dr. Khayyat
presented the achievements of the various projects working packages in front of
the Erasmus Plus office delegation, where the academic VLP portal, with its
material and educational material, that had been developed within the past two
years of the project life. Students from Jordan University of Science and
technology just have also participated and express their satisfaction about
the unique experience in the program and the extent of their appreciation for
the mechanism by which the education process takes place, and the evaluation
mechanisms that depend on the presentation of live water problems and methods
of involving them in an innovative manner.
During the meeting, the achievements
of the European partners and their contribution to the success of this unique
experiment in the field of education were discussed.