Graduation Ceremony of Six-Months Online Training of Trainers Course

26 - Feb - 2019

" As today, we will pick (16) fresh pedagogical fruits that will have and carry (100) academic sprouting seeds of university pedagogy and these seeds will grow in quality higher education" said Prof. Nazmi Al-Masri, the IUG manager of the project and expert in building academic projects.

In coordination with Tampere University, Finland; IUG celebrated the graduation of (16) academic participants from the project of "Online Training of Trainers" which stands for the development of pedagogical practices in Palestinian Higher Education.

"It is a day of happiness, a day of congratulations, a day of appreciation for (16) teachers who have done their best to complete (200) hours in TOT e-training course while having loads of teaching and administrative staff", Prof. Nazmi Al-Masri who commenced his speech with a sense of pride of IUG academics and gratitude to Finpal team. He thanked UTAT training team for their outstanding efforts and who professionally proved to be pedagogically experts in capacity building in the field of higher education. Highlighted the project's qualities, Prof. Al-Masri reported that the main themes and methodology of the training course were really systematic, as well the pedagogical knowledge was closely combined with both theory and practice. The six-months training course has not reached its end. It’s a beginning for a new phase of online training with more and more academics and loads of knowledge and experience, however.  

Prof Vesa Korhonen, Research Director & Project Coordinator, extended best congratulations to the IUG academic participants who had showed dedicated efforts to make the training successful. He clarified in his speech that to develop dynamic teaching methods needs factors of fruitful teaching: openness, flexibility, critical development, and consideration & assessment of all students' participation during the class.

The ceremony also encompassed a medical participation given by Prof. Khamis Al- Essi, Head of Evidence-based medicine unite, whose presentation entitled, Teaching EBM: principles and practice. The presentation was about the reasons and effects of integrating best available evidence with clinical expertise & patient values. Prof. Al-Essi concluded that employing advanced learning strategies such as flipped class & Small Group collaborative learning have proved superior to our traditional way of teaching.

It's worth mentioning that the e-Training FinPal project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through its Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI). The project's duration is March 2017 – March 2020.