Ambassador to give seminar on lifelong learning

Published: 3 November 2008

The Ambassador of Palestine to the UK is to give a seminar on lifelong learning at the University of Glasgow

The Ambassador of Palestine to the UK is to give a seminar at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Manuel Hassassian will be speaking on 'Lifelong Learning Policy and Practice in Palestine'.

The professor of international politics and relations at Bethlehem University has worked to build higher education in Palestine for over thirty years, and in his presentation he will argue that ending the Israeli occupation and developing lifelong learning policies and practices in Palestine all go together.

He will look at future possibilities of achieving these aims in close collaborations with friends in European universities and higher education all the around the world.

In addition to his current role as Ambassador of Palestine to the UK and Professor Hassassian is also Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University.

His areas of specialization are comparative politics with emphasis on Middle East politics and the Armenian nationalist movement, and political theory. He has published extensively in academic journals domestically, regionally and internationally on the PLO, the peace process, democracy and elections, refugees and civil society in Palestine.

Professor Hassassian  is President of the Rectors' Conference at the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, and has been President of the Palestinian/European Academic Cooperation in Education since 2001.

In September 1996, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universite de Reims, France, for his academic contributions in the field of political science.

The seminar will be chaired by Professor Mike Osborne, Director of CRADALL, Co-Director of the PASCAL Observatory and Professor of Adult Education.

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 5, between 1.30 pm and 3.45pm in the Senate and Carnegie Rooms of the Gilbert Scott Building.

To register, contact Joyce Lang (CRADALL) at

First published: 3 November 2008