Higher education in Palestine


The higher education system in Palestine

Recent policy updates, major reforms and related news

Relevant projects and initiatives

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The higher education system in Palestine

The main features of Palestinian HE:

Students can join HEIs after completing their General Secondary Certificate Exam GSCE (Tawjihi).

Higher education is divided into two tracks:

  • Education in Community and Technical Colleges: The students study for a period of two years, and get a diploma certificate
  • University education: The students study for 4 to 6 years to get a bachelor's degree in science, education or humanities, engineering or medicine.

Universities also offer post-bachelor programmes where they award higher diploma for one year, master's programs for a period of two years, and doctoral programmes in some disciplines for 3 years.


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Recent policy updates, major reforms and related news

Higher education is regulated through the Law on Higher Education No 11 of 1998. This law gives every citizen the possibility to access higher education (Article 2), gives legal status to HE institutions and provides the legal framework for their organization and management.

Kindly note that a draft on a new HE law is being prepared. We will update you once the new law is adapted.

Relevant projects and initiatives

TAM Workshop: Good Governance, Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness

EU Expert: Jethro Newton, Location: Ramallah, Date: 22 February 2016

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the training workshop, the participants were able to carry out an institutional assessment process and measurements tools by collecting and analyzing institutional wide data that provides evidence as to how well BZU succeeds in accomplishing its mission and achieving its strategic objectives; and making changes for continuous improvements in the academic and administrative programs and services.

Link to news: http://birzeit.edu/en/news/workshop-develop-good-governance-and-leadership-bzu


TAM Training: Tackling employment of university graduates in Palestine; remote jobs which match the international labour market

EU Expert: Dr. Fred De Vries, Location: The Islamic University of Gaza (IUG)-Community Service and Continuing Education (CSCED), Date: From Oct. to Nov.2016,

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the workshop participants were able to :
  • Develop comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of remote jobs. 
  • Identify core skills needed for successful remote jobs to meet international labor market demands.
  • Identify specialized remote work skills from presented case studies (for example on IT, Languages, Architecture, Business). 
  • Apply principles of remote jobs in their own academic curriculum and programs.
  • Network with international remote job employers and getting remote jobs.
  • IUG academics started writing proposals on remote work to be submitted to Erasmus + programme and to other EU bilateral and multilateral partnership programmes.


TAM Workshop: Developing the teaching and learning of foreign languages as a key to the internationalization of Palestinian universities under occupation

EU Expert: Roger Gilabert; Location: Ramallah; Date: October 8th, 9th, 2016
Follow up and conclusions :

The participants were sensitive to the specific needs of their own communities of learners, they are looking for better training for their learners. Different groups in different universities had different concerns, but they also shared a lot of the same problems and issues. There is a need to match actual language learning needs with teaching and testing programs Palestinian universities need to revise courses adopt "need base assessment course outline", Conducting staff meeting to follow this seminar objectives and to which extant these objectives applied to our universities.

Participants from the different universities have to carry this experience to their colleagues.

Pedagogical implications should be translated to practical exercises in class

Link to news: http://www.birzeit.edu/en/news/workshop-discuses-approaches-foreign-language-teaching


Workshop on Innovative methods of assessment in higher education.

EU Expert: Chris Rust-University of Oxford Brooks; Location: Palestine Polytechnic University- Hebron; Date: 14th & 15th March, 2017

Learning Outcomes:

The following outcomes have been achieved, where participants became aware of the role of assessment in teaching and learning and the characteristics of good and effective assessment.

Can apply some of self-assessment and peer-assessment methods with their students.

Develop valid and reliable assessment tools.

Have established good cooperative relations with each other.

Developed some ideas for implementing new methods of assessment.

Link to news: http://erasmusplus.ps/page-706-en.html


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