Palestinian Delegation Travels to U.S. to Foster American-Palestinian Academic Partnerships

JERUSALEM – On September 24, eight high-level Palestinian university leaders, along with representatives from the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the local private sector, traveled to the United States to take part in a two-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the first ever U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue.  This U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem initiative invests in viable and robust partnerships between American and Palestinian institutions of higher education and the private sector to strengthen institutional capabilities, enhance educational opportunities for young Palestinians, and foster critical workforce skills.

The IVLP delegation will travel to four different states where they will visit leading American universities, private sector companies, and accreditation organizations.  They will discuss ways to foster partnerships with U.S. institutions and how to incorporate global best practices in the Palestinian educational system.  They will also participate in programs at Columbia and Yale Universities.

The delegation will conclude its program in Washington, DC, where they will join eight Palestinian university presidents, Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam, and representatives from the Palestinian private sector for the two-day U.S.-Palestinian Higher Education Dialogue.  The delegation will be joined at the Dialogue by the U.S. Consul General to Jerusalem Donald Blome and high-level representatives from the State Department and USAID.