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South Africa’s Ambassador Furthers Academic Cooperation

January 6, 2016
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Head of the Republic of South Africa’s representative office to Palestine, Ambassador Ashraf Youssef Suleiman Thursday met with university president Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh and discussed academic cooperation between Birzeit University and African universities as well as the latest developments in the African Studies Program.

Abu Hijleh, accompanied by Vice President for Development and Communication Ghassan Khatib and Director of Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies Abdul-Karim al-Barghouthi, affirmed the importance of academic cooperation with African academic institutions. Most recently, the University of Johannesburg worked with its Palestinian counterpart to launch the African Studies Program.

Abu Hijleh said the program is key because it allows Palestinians to benefit from the African liberation experience and adopt strategies that contributed to ending apartheid in South Africa.

Ambassador Suleiman affirmed the close ties between the two countries, saying that South Africa was and will continue to be a major supporter of Palestine’s state-building efforts.

He said South Africa plans to implement the agreement signed between Birzeit University and the University of Johannesburg to establish and develop an Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies program at Johannesburg University.

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