Funded By Appear Program

IUG Wins New Project "Strengthen Higher Education Capacities for Gender Equalities"

30 - Aug - 2017



The Islamic university won an academic partnership project entitled of: "Strengthen Higher Education Capacities for Gender Equalities" in cooperation with University of Graz, Austria; and funded by Appear, the Austrian Partnership in the field of Higher Education and Research for Development.

Project activities will be implemented by a special team from IUG includes prof. Sanaa Abu Dagga, Assistant vice-chairman for Research Affairs. Dr. Khitam Al-Sahar, Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology. Dr. Manal Al- Ashi, Instructor at Shari'a and Law Department. Eng. Amani Al- Maqadima, The head of external relations.

This project, which extends from July 2017 to June 2020, aims at:

·         Enhance IUG academic staff capabilities and higher education capacities for gender equalities.

·          Develop institutional and research capacity in the same field.

·         Increase awareness of woman issues outside the university through contacting with local institutions of Higher education, local NGOs, and woman-advocate institutions.

·         Promot interconnection and cultural exchange at regional and international levels.

The project is expected to basically accomplish the following:

·         Develop IUG academic staff through conducting a year of the interdisciplinary program, 16 Credit hours, in the field of woman studies.

·          Improve the curricula through A) preparing MA program in woman studies and gender equalities. B) Construct a special library for the woman- related topics, in both Arabic and English languages. C) Boost human rights course with concepts about woman rights.

·         Enhance research activities in woman issues. where master students will be under the supervision of IUG academic staff and the University of Graz. Hence, students from both universities will study the same topic.

·         Establish woman studies center for setting up and managing educational and research activities in the field of woman rights, at the second year of the project.

It is noteworthy that in February 2017, the Islamic university won another academic partnership project funded by Appear program entitled of "Developing maker‐movement‐inspired training courses of renewable energy sources in Gaza Strip". The project will run until the end of January 2020, with the cooperation of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria. It is implemented at IUG under the supervision of Prof. Hala El-Khozondar from IUG Faculty of Engineering. Thus, the number of funded projects during 2016-2017 equal eight, resulting in partnerships with 100 European universities.