Higher Education" and UNESCO sign a Letter of Intent
Ramallah, 17 March 2022, UNESCO Ramallah signed today a Letter of Intent with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to demonstrates its support and commitment to working with the Ministry. The Letter of Intent spells out the framework of cooperation between UNESCO Ramallah and the Ministry of Higher Education in the joint implementation of the National Higher Education Strategy for years 2022-2023.
Ms. Noha Bawazir, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Palestine, pointed out that “Through this arrangement, UNESCO will be supporting different priority areas of the Ministry, mainly, Education Policy, TVET, Quality Assurance and Scientific Research including capacity building within UNESCO’s existing programmes.” She also mentioned that for years, UNESCO Ramallah and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific research have worked together to ensure quality, equal and inclusive education to all.
In addition, Ms. Bawazir confirmed that “UNESCO will also, support the promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training as an important pathway for youth in Palestine in parallel to the higher education academic track in order to contribute to the reduction of the high unemployment rate among youth.”
Both H.E Dr. Mahmoud Abu Mweis and Ms. Bawazir indicated that the clauses of the Letter of Intent are in line with the Ministry’s and UNESCO’s vision and strategic objectives, especially in terms of supporting technical vocational education, assessing the needs of the labor market, promoting scientific research, in addition to supporting the development of the new higher education strategic plan.
Finally, H.E Dr. Abu Mweis thanked UNESCO for its constant and generous support to Higher Education in Palestine and expressed his great pleasure for signing this Letter of Intent, as an important step towards fostering future cooperation." The signing ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Basri Saleh, several Heads of Units, and representatives from UNESCO Office.