is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Higher Education Capacity Building project funded by the European Commission. The project team is formed from a collaborative partnership among six universities, three from Europe and three from Palestine, who believe strongly in the power of education and innovation to transform lives.
The three European Universities are Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), which is the main lead of the project, Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (FU) and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). These universities work closely with Palestinian partners Al-Azhar University in the Gaza Strip, Birzeit University and Hebron University in the West Bank.
The overall aim is to develop innovative BA Primary Education degree programmes in the three Palestinian universities. A unique feature of the programmes is that they will be the first in Palestine to provide opportunities for students to follow specialist pathways in diversity, inclusion and special education needs or technology enhanced learning teaching and assessment.
The Project also focuses on nurturing skills in higher education teaching methods and developing practice-based research for academic staff in the Palestinian universities.
The degree programmes will be further enhanced by the establishment of Technology Enhanced Learning Environments which comprise state of the art Smart Learning Rooms, as well as personal online learning spaces. These developments will facilitate innovation in teaching while providing students with greater autonomy in the learning process. These innovations will transform learning, teaching and assessment in the degree programmes.