External Relations Holds an Introductory Workshop on the Austrian Partnership Program (APPEAR)

29 - Mar - 2021

External Relations at the Islamic University held an introductory workshop on the Austrian Partnership Program in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR) funded by the Austrian Agency for Education and Internationalization. The workshop was conducted electronically through zoom in the presence of: Prof. Dr. Ahmed Muheisen - Vice President for Administrative Affairs, and Dr. Hisham Madi - Deputy Dean of Foreign Affairs, and Eng. Amani Al-Maqadma - Head of the External Relations Department, and a group of interested people from various colleges and departments of the university.

Dr. Madi welcomed the attendees, and thanked them for their attendance and their interest in the Austrian (APPEAR) Partnership Program, which aims to enhance research and institutional capabilities in higher education institutions through several partnership stages, noting that the application for the program ends at the end of May 2021.

Eng. Al-Maqadma presented a summary and statistics on the results of the previous program, and indicated that since 2009, the program has funded (107) cooperation projects distributed over the three stages of the program: the preparatory stage, the academic partnership, and the advanced academic partnership stage, in addition to a number of master's scholarships. Ph.D. to study in Austrian universities.
Eng. Al-Maqadma noted that the Islamic University obtained a high opportunity of the previous program’s projects, which amounted to 4 out of 7 projects in all of Palestine. Higher education, research and management in partner countries through academic partnerships with Austrian high education institutions and master's and PHD scholarships as a contribution to achieving the SDGs.

Eng. Amani discussed the target groups, the budget, the project implementation period, and the application requirements for each phase of the program in its third cycle, which will continue until 2027, the preparatory phase, the academic partnership phase, the advanced academic partnership phase, the institutional and external extended impact partnership phase.
She stressed the necessity of aligning the project with one of the sustainable development goals, and taking into account the gender strategy in the submitted projects.
In conclusion, she delivered a presentation of the components and sections of the application form, the mechanism for evaluating the proposals submitted, the project budget items and the timetable for progress for each stage.
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In sharing best practices and benefiting from past experiences, Prof. Dr. Muheisen gave a summary of his experience in three phases of the program. Prof. Muheisen obtained funding for a project in the field of energy-saving buildings in the partnership of the University of Vienna in Austria, starting from the preparatory phase, then the academic partnership phase and ending In the stage of advanced academic partnership.
Prof. Muheisen provided some pieces of advice to present a competing proposal and auxiliary factors for the success of the proposed project, including choosing the project team that is consistent with the goals and priorities of the program, cooperation and continuous communication with the Austrian partner and the need to coordinate with external relations and benefit from their previous experiences.