Deputy Representative of Ireland in Palestine Visits IUG

Deputy Representative of Ireland in Palestine Visits IUG

Ms. Aoife Lyons, Deputy Representative of Ireland in Palestine, and her delegation visited Islamic University of Gaza, and welcomed by top management office and External Affairs team.

Prof. Ahmed Muhaisen, Vice President of Administrative Affairs, emphasized the importance of mutual cooperation and scholarships for Palestinian students offered by Ireland in supporting and enriching scientific and research diversity in Palestine. He also confirmed the necessity of devoting efforts to projects that aim at capacity building of academic staff and infrastructure of IUG in order to support and improve the quality of education.

Ms. Lyons clarified that the representative office of Ireland in Palestine, for the third time in a row, has been accepting applications for the Irish-Palestinian Scholarship Program (IPSP) for the academic year 2022-2023, as part of Ireland’s long-term commitment to establishing a viable sovereign Palestinian State, and supporting educational opportunities available to the Palestinians. She also mentioned that the program annually offers (25) one-year master’s degree scholarships in Ireland.

Dr. Hisham Madi, Vice Dean of External Affairs, highlighted the importance of providing student scholarships for Palestinian universities, adding that “Extreme difficulties are facing students in the Gaza Strip as a result of the imposed siege”.

Eng. Amani Almaqadma, Head of External Relations Unit, demonstrated in a presentation the IUG ties with other universities around the globe, particularly the Irish ones. She presented the university contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as she explained that the university, through its activities, participates effectively in reaching SDGs across various levels that include education, scientific research, community service and the university operations. Mrs. Almaqadma noted that in order to speeding up the level of achieving the SDGs, IUG needs to lean on the  international cooperation and projects.

Mr. Tareq Muqbil, Program Officer at the Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine, pointed out that the program offers opportunities for applicants to choose from a variety of academic majors in (25) institutions of higher education in Ireland. He also tackled the program qualifying criteria which include that  the applicant must be of a Palestinian nationality who has completed the requirements of the bachelor’s degree, didn’t previously obtain a master’s degree, and  to submit two hard-copy, hand-signed letters of recommendation from two academics. Mr. Muqbil added that the deadline for the scholarship is on October 25 this year, and then shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in December 2021.

Ms. Suzan Orabi, a scholarship graduate, shed lights on her study experience in Ireland under the Irish-Palestinian Scholarship Program. She gave credit to the educational system in Ireland that refines the skills of scientific research and analytical thinking among students, encouraging students and graduates to apply for this scholarship.