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Dutch Organizations Support Birzeit University Local Governance Training

February 10, 2016
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Birzeit University has agreed on a program to strengthen training in local governance through two Dutch organizations, the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and The Hague Academy of Local Governance.

Birzeit University President Abdel Latif Abu Hijleh signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 4, 2016 with officials from the organizations.

The program will recruit talented graduates for training in the fields of local governance and related policy research, executive education, and training, and encourage systematic academic exchange for staff and students. The overall aim is to stimulate the practice of good governance and achieve sustainable development.

The signing ceremony was attended by Vice President for Academic Affairs Henry Giacaman, External Academic Relations Officer Dolly Kaibni- Namour, Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration Imad Ghayatha, Chairperson at the Department of Public Administration Mohammad Hanini, and faculty members at the Department of Public Administration, Mohammed Abu Zayed and Jehad Alayasa.

“This is a great opportunity for us to establish a beneficial partnership with VNG,” Abu Hijleh said of the agreement. “We hope that this MOU will provide training and skills for our students and the Palestinian community at large. We see ourselves as the catalysts of change in the public sector and part of the development process in Palestine,” he added.

“Capacity development of the next generation in local governance is a primary and an essential factor of good governance and sustainable development,” said chairperson of The Hague Academy of Local Governance, Peter Knip. He emphasized the importance of this collaboration in enabling youth to produce positive change in the public sector and further boost their role in their local communities.


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