On 21/08/2017, the Center for Continuing Education and Community Service at QOU celebrated the graduation of the fourth group of specialized professional diplomas.
The Minister of Education and Higher Education H.E. Dr. Sabri Seidam attended the graduation ceremony and commented that his participation in this celebration comes out of his belief in the importance of vocational education in Palestine. Seidam emphasized that the MOEHE is ready to help Al-Quds Open University to launch vocational education programs as the future is for this sector, as it promotes development process in Palestine.
Minister Musa Abu Zeid, Chairman of the General Personnel Council (GPC) said that the this graduation indicates deeper understanding of the state and institutions of higher education for this kind of programs and that vocational and technical education can play a role in achieving sustainable development in Palestine. Minister Abu Zeid added that it is now time to place this kind of education on the priorities of the state and the government and all the public and private Palestinian institutions. He also pointed out that we need a partnership between the Ministries of Labor, Higher Education and universities to define a clear future vision for this education, which requires a systematic scientific analysis based on an effective participatory approach among the relevant authorities so that our planning is comprehensive and clear and its outputs are capable of making a significant difference in the field of market needs .
Prof. Younis Amr, President of the University, said that the university has given the training sector great attention in various fields, calling the university to expand vocational training in its various branches in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
For his part, the Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Community Service, Mr. Mahmoud Hawamdeh said in his speech: "We are participating today the graduation of 60 students who have been provided with the technical skills and competencies that are necessary for them to carry out their tasks and contribute to the productivity of the work in their community." The Center for Continuing Education and Community Service, In addition to the courses held by the Center, has many pilot projects that are implemented in cooperation with colleagues in the university's centers and faculties. During this month, the Center received two projects, the first from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote the use of open learning resources, and the second in partnership with ERASMUS + to use virtual reality as an innovative learning tool. This project will have a clear impact on the development of e-learning tools at universities. Hawamdeh thanked all who contributed to the success of this ceremony and program.
Certificates of appreciation were given to the Human Appeal Int. and to the trainers who contributed to the success of the professional diplomas at the university.