Higher Education - Palestine

The development of higher education (HE) in Palestine is relatively recent. However its impact is undeniable. Two-year colleges have existed since the 1950s for teachers and technicians training. Universities were created in the 1970s to preserve the Palestinian identity and to provide young people with the opportunity to pursue HE in Palestine. This sector has largely expanded after the Oslo Accords (1993) by the transfer of education from Israel to the Palestinian National Authority.

 HE is regulated by the Law of 1998, which ensures access to HE for each citizen. It also provides the legal framework for the organization and management of HEI. Three types of HEI are recognized: Governmental, Public (established by NGOs) and Private. Insufficient funding has serious negative consequences on the higher education quality and research. Between 60-70 % of the operating budgets are covered by tuition fees.

The research activity is carried out by about sixteen scientific research centers, with a particular focus on the fields of agriculture, environment, water, energy and health. But research suffers from lack of funding and fragmentation. Some NGOs constructed research centers, with a particular focus on social sciences.

For more information on the Palestinian HE, please visit the following links:

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