An historic agreement between Palestinian and Israeli universities thanks to the encouragement of the Italian Development Cooperation (DGCS). The Universities of Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv met with the Palestinian University Al Quds at the Cooperation’s Local Technical Unit (UTL) in Jerusalem to draw up the academic curriculum for the third edition of a Masters coordinated by Rome’s La Sapienza University.
The Masters being offered to 20 Palestinian and Israeli students will focus on the themes of cooperation, international relations, humanitarian affairs, public health, environmental protection, economics, cultural preservation and agriculture. The curriculum calls for an initial period of study in the home university to be followed by a specialisation phase at the Rome University.
The initiative, sponsored by the DGCS with the patronage of UNESCO, calls for institutional collaboration between the universities and is a unique example in the sector, as underscored by Professor Massimo Caneva, coordinator of university cooperation for the DGCS.
“This year we are especially satisfied”, Caneva explained, “because, after much hard work, we have been able to relaunch a programme that had come to a halt due to the crisis in Gaza”.
The agreement is much more than just an academic once, since “we have succeeded in uniting peoples that in Jerusalem are divided by a wall”, Caneva added. What’s more, the Masters students will be coming to Italy to study “but living together they’ll become friends too”, explained Masters academic coordinator Prof.Manuel Castello, citing another agreement promoted by the Italian Cooperation with seven Palestinian universities for research doctorates and specialized courses in Italy.