Improving Governance Practices and Palestinian Higher Education Institutions

Improving Governance Practices and Palestinian Higher Education Institutions

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The Project

The project

UniGov project seeks to address weaknesses in the existing governance systems across HEIs in Palestine.  By establishing a comparative study with European benchmark universities, the project seeks to establish a governance framework and then adopt innovative practices to improve existing structures.

Overall Objective

Achieving good governance practices at Palestinian HEIs, including institutional values such as autonomy, accountability, participation, clarity of institutional mission and goals, and well-structured management systems that assures the implementation of these practices.

Specific Objectives

  1. Create a enabling environment to adopt decent governance, management and accountability practices
  2. Establish a clear governance framework, including well-defined and clear mission and goals
  3. Establish an effective governance and management structures
  4. Stimulate autonomy and accountability,
  5. Strengthen links with different stakeholders (i.e. improve participation) in strategic planning and development activities (this will reduce the gap between recent graduates and the industry).

UniGov project also aims at improving the quality of higher education in Palestinian universities as it will improve the communication between the university and the labor market/other stakeholders (increase participation). In addition, it will form a strong basis for the university excellence toward internationalization through establishing partnerships with European institutions.

Target Groups

The project seeks to target two main groups, namely direct and indirect beneficiaries.

Direct groups are administrative staff, whereas indirect groups are academic staff, students, stakeholders, and policy makers.

The administrative staff from 5 different HEIs in Palestine are a direct group/beneficiary of this intervention. The intervention allows the administrative staff to adopt new governance practicies, while embracing new values. In addition, this trageted group will strengthen their knowledge and competencies in establishing governance and accountability systems while taking into account the cultural aspect in Palestine.

The indirect group includes students, academic staff, stakeholders, and policy makers. These groups will provide input and will be involved during the development phases.