Issued: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:07:00 BST
Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin MSP, took time out from the SNP conference on Tuesday, 9 October to welcome 20 students from the Islamic University of Gaza, here on the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme. This is the biggest-ever Gaza-UK student mobility by far and she wanted to meet them in person.
Many of the students have already worked with the two universities’ innovative EAST Project, twinning overseas student-engineers in Glasgow with engineers in Gaza over five weeks each summer. Ms White was also able to meet and congratulate UofG's most recent EAST Project "graduates" back in Gaza, via a teleconferenced link, and learn about some of the Gazan engineering challenges that they’ve been investigating with UofG students.
The welcome event – "Celebrating links with the Islamic University of Gaza" - coincided with the launch of the School of Education’s Online Arabic from Palestine course for beginners. Designed in collaboration with a team at the Arabic Center (Islamic University of Gaza), the course combines video and Skype-taught lessons, allowing trained teachers in Gaza to access paid work, helping to overcome the employment effects caused by the ongoing blockade of Gaza.
Both the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the School of Education have gained great experience in online pedagogies over the past four years, and as the Middle East is a part of the globe that is still under-represented within the University’s internationalisation agenda, the upsides for the Islamic University of Gaza and the University of Glasgow are very clear. For further details or to talk through ideas for future growth, Bill Guariento (English for Academic Study) and Giovanna Fassetta (School of Education) would love to hear from you.