New development cooperation project between Finland and Palestine starts

HEI ICI, a higher education development co-operation programme funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has granted funding for a project led by Hille Janhonen-Abruquah for the period from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2024. The project is implemented in co-operation with other Finnish and Palestinian universities.

The Olive (Teacher Education without Walls - New Models for STEM and Teacher Education in the Digital Age) consortium project, led by University Lecturer Hille Janhonen-Abruquah, is developing teacher training at Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza. The project will improve the quality of basic education and prevent digital inequality. With the change in teacher education, teacher educators, teacher students as well as school teachers and school management are better equipped to utilize learning technology and e-learning opportunities in their work through collaborative peer mentoring and learning.

In the project, educational challenges are tackled by outputs focusing on creating new on-line learning environments, developing pedagogical approaches, renewing bachelor’s programmes and teacher education diploma, supporting educational leadership and acting in dialogue with educational governance in Palestine.

11.2 million euros for nine HEI ICI projects

The higher education development cooperation programme HEI ICI (Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument) granted funding for a total of nine projects to develop the distance learning capacity of higher education institutions in the Global South and to support wider access to higher education for students. The themes of the projects are tackling the global learning crisis, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and developing innovation and employment.