Dr. Jayousi Pays Monitoring Visit For ROMOR Project

24 - Dec - 2019

During the second-day visit to Islamic University, Dr. Nedal Jayousi, Director of National  Erasmus+ Office in Palestine, is doing a field monitoring for ROMOR project in the Meetings Hall at IUG Administration Building.

"This is another day for me in Gaza. Today, we are to monitor one of the most beneficial projects in Palestine. This is a pioneering fruitful idea; the main outcome is impressive" this was the opening sentence for Dr. Jayousi's speech.

The Dean of Scientific Research Prof. Bassam Saqqa welcomed and praised the Director Jayousi's special attention to the ROMOR project's theme, confirming that the deanship has attached the project an immense importance and " we are keen to keep it much longer and get the most out of its tangible impacts," he added.

Prof. Rawia Awadalla, Director of ROMOR Project, highlighted the four chief IMPACTS of ROMOR project (2017-2019). "The project arose out of the need to maximize the scientific research outputs' visibility" she initiated. Afterwards, she manifested that 1) the project has produced four searchable and accessible open Access repositories in four Palestinian Universities to increase the visibility, in which more than (18,000) research materials were deposited there. 2) Raising awareness through holding workshops and seminars was a direct goal for reaching out the project much wider. As a result, in addition to the four repositories, another (6) non- partner universities had set up their repositories out of the motivation of the tangible results of ROMOR to be the total in Palestine (10). 3) the project led to pumping up vocational and developed academic training materials such as open access courses into the special website of the project, which targets, in particular, the students.

"Some courses had been compiled, organized, translated into Arabic language and then published on the website," prof. Awadallah said. 4) one of ROMOR outcomes is to make Research Data Management through setting out policies for managing the academic and administrative framework.

Prof. Samir Afifi, ROMOR Member from IUG, presented about the Research Data Management- RDM policies. This phase had started in the second year of the project with several stages: nominate the teamwork, collecting necessary data, and mobilization phase. Furthermore, he explained about developing the policy scientific research output management at the university which done through legal framework and institutional framework.

Prof. Iyad Agha, Dean of Information Technology, displayed the work of IUG Space Depository, its classification, way of access and upload researches for students and academics. He presented some statistics about the repository: IUG Space includes (9600) Master's research and thesis, (3,000) researches collected and revised from The Googlw Scholar. Along (10) months, there is (92, 000) visit to the IUG Space, (50,000) download of researches. Monthly, there is (7000) visit to the website.   

Dr. Jayousi expressed: "We are highly appreciating the efforts of ROMOR Team led by Pof. Rawia Awadllah. It's actually been implemented professionally".

Participation of Partners

The project was composed of four European partner universities: Parma-Italy, Glasgow-Uk, Vienna-Austria, and Brighton-Uk; in addition to other four Palestinian Universities: Islamic University-leader, Palestine Technical University Kadoorei, Birzeit University, and Open Jerusalem University.

Skyping Dr. Andrias, from the University of Vienna, he confirmed that": "we would be glad to continue the collaboration with the Islamic University and other partners; we will work to keep it sustainable for gaining much benefit".

While, Dr. Nael Salman, from the Palestine Technical University Khedoorei, shared their experience the project in terms of equipping the repository with software as well as preparing the university environment to deal with the project outputs. He mentioned that the university administration has appointed an official employee to manage the repository and another to develop the technical and software procedures.

"The project would not have been succeeded without the good leadership of Prof. Awadallah and the European partners who reviewed the open publishing policies", this how he ended his speech.

NEO Meeting with Staff & ICM Students  

This session had gathered ICM Students and academic and administrative staff from partners and non-partner universities to reflect on their mobility experience during the project time along. Prof. Ashraf Maghari, IT Assistant Professor at IUG, said that, during his visit to Parma, he got the chance to make some field visits to laboratories and libraries at Parma and out of it. He ascribed the opportunity as fruitful and the professors were well versed and knowledgeable. For non-partners, Dr. Sanaa, from Al-Aqsa University, asserted that she approximately attended all ROMOR workshops and she found them pretty informative and well organized, in addition, such workshops has intertwined universities in one specific domain.

Prof. Awadallah assured that the number of students and academics as well as administrative who won mobility opportunities through ROMOR is (85) from all partner universities; (12) students and (30) academic and administrative staff are from Islamic University.

Dr. Jayousi added, "The Ministry of Higher Education has a great tendency to create a national repository that connect Gaza with WEST Bank. So Let us go nationally".