UJ was established in 1962, since then it has applied itself to research and community research knowledge. UJ offers 63 international programs at the undergraduate level, and 130 international program at the graduate level in all field of specialization. Also It offers 30 doctoral program and 81 master program. The essential components of most of the programs offered are based on dialogue, applied research, creative thinking, field work, practical training, combined with modern teaching techniques. Since its establishment in 1974, the Faculty of Engineering and Technology has always strived for keeping up with the latest developments in energy applications. Recently, the UJ established the Water Energy and Environment Center. It meant to be the source of knowledge and advanced technology in all forms and areas of energy water and environment at all levels of national, regional and global.
Birzeit University (BZU) started as a school in 1924, and became the first institution of higher education in Palestine in 1972. Over the past three decades, the university has become well-recognized amongst the more prominent universities of the Middle East. Nowadays BZU comprises 9 faculties offering 46 undergraduate programs and 23 master’s programs. Birzeit is also home to 11 institutes and centers that support community oriented programs geared towards training, capacity building, research and maintaining sustainable development in Palestine. BZU has student body of approximately 11,000 students of which about 1400 are graduate students and full time faculty members of 450, as in the academic year 2014 – 2015.
The Hashemite University (HU) is named after the Jordanian Royal family — the Hashemites — and was established by a Royal Decree in June of 1991, over an area that spans more than 8.5 square kilometers (2100 Acres), located 25km north east of the capital Amman, near a crossing of major international highways (Figure 1), and next to the largest free trade zone in the country.
HU started with three (3) academic colleges in 1995, accepting about 600 students in its first year. Over the last 18 years, HU has expanded its academic and research profile to reach thirteen (15) faculties and two deanships with more than 230 laboratory in different colleges, all equipped with the latest technological equipment. Even more impressive is the university's increase in the number of admitted students, which has 30,000 students enrolled in 50 undergraduate programs and 30 Master programs
The university is currently on track to expand its infrastructure and number of academic and administrative buildings to match the expected increase in its capacity in the coming decade. In doing so, the university has set forth a goal to adopt renewable energy and sustainable development as guidelines to its expansion plans.
ANNU is the leading institution of higher education in Palestine. It offers excellent instructions and great learning opportunities to the Palestinian students. During its progress, ANNU has responded immediately and successfully to students´ needs offering many concentrations in almost all areas of academia. The University has twenty faculties offering bachelor degrees in sixty-five academic programs, thirty three masters programs, two PhD program in chemistry and Physics, as well as twenty-one programs offering diplomas. Related to the modernization of Higher education methodologies there are some steps done but it is not exploited up to maximum and it doesn't have systematic approach. The ANNU is strongly determined to exploit more possibilities for improving the modernization of Higher education methodologies in a position to offer quality education compatible with European standards in order to graduate professional leaders who can meet market needs of the country. The ANNU with its staff has been active in most of the programmes developed through the Ministry of higher education. With this initiative and expertise from our EU partners the modernization sector will be fostered and stronger. ANU has established several centers whose mission is to promote excellence in learning like the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), the e-learning Center, and the Quality Assurance Unit. These units and centers work in close cooperation to facilitate the transition towards more learner centered environments and to provide learners with real life learning situations.
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) is one of the main universities in Palestine that grants academic and vocational degrees in engineering and technology in addition to lifelong learning and technical and technological consultations using the latest technologies and best practices in all fields. PPU has the mission of graduating qualified labour forces able to make a positive change and fulfill the needs and requirements of the community in scientific, technological, and research fields. Providing innovative ideas and solutions. Emphasizing the role of the scientific research and development in accomplishing sustainable and substantial national growth. And create excellence through enhancing resources and building the capacity of human resources.
PPU was established in 1978 by the University Graduates Union (UGU) a local charity that provides educational services, it is affiliated to the Palestinian University Presidents Council, the International Association of Universities, the Arab Universities League, and the Islamic League of Universities.
PPU includes the faculties of Engineering and Technology, Applied Sciences, Administrative Sciences and Informatics, Information Technology and Computer Engineering, and Applied Professions, it is considered to be a medium sized university with more than 50 academic programs and more than (6,500) students.
The Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education (CeDARE: www.wlv.ac.uk/cedare
) at the University of Wolverhampton is based in the Faculty of Education Health and Well Being (FEHW). CeDARE specialises in curriculum innovation and design, continuing professional development design, research and impact evaluations. FEHW practitioners have expertise in: course design and delivery, tool development and digital learning. As a nationally-recognised provider of teacher education the Institute of Education has programmes that lead to qualified teacher status in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education. We are at the cutting ––edge in terms of digital technology in education with projects in mobile, gaming and the use of e portfolios and e -blended learning. In 2011 we completed a World Bank funded programme with Palestinian Universities developing their teacher training programmes with technology and have memorandums of co-operation with Birzeit and Hebron Universities. We also work closely with UNRWA in region.
For more than two hundred years, the HTWK Leipzig and its predecessors have been providing high-quality, career-relevant education in a diverse range of fields through innovative courses, excellent teaching and state-of-the-art facilities
Today, with about 7000 students, HTWK Leipzig ranks among Germany’s largest universities of applied sciences. Education and teaching in HTWK is practice-oriented, career-relevant, performed in short and intense study courses leading to accredited bachelor and master degrees. All HTWK faculties are using ICT in education and training, meeting rapidly evolving industry needs, optimizing study and teaching of students for high-level professional practice in fields of engineering, business, social science and cultural studies and information sciences.
In teaching, the university uses E-learning, e.g. OPAL system and audio/video communication technologies and spreads their experience in European and regional projects. The necessary ICT, i.e. various E-services, were developed by scientists and students of HTWK self in several projects, even presented during national and international fairs: E-learning tools, E-library, E-government, E-publishing, E-payment, a/v-conferencing.
The University of Deusto (Spanish: Universidad de Deusto; Basque: Deustuko Unibertsitatea) is a Spanish private university owned by the Society of Jesus, with campuses in Bilbao and San Sebastián, and the Deusto Business School headquarters in Madrid. It is the oldest private university in Spain.
Currently the university consists of six faculties and schools:
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Engineering
Deusto Business School
Faculty of Psychology and Education
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
Total of 14,000 students.
Plovdiv University is one of the leading higher-education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria. It is the largest University in Southern Bulgaria and the second biggest in Bulgaria. Plovdiv University was initially founded in 1961 as a Higher Institute of Pedagogy for Natural Sciences and Mathematics. It was declared a University in 1972.
The University has received official state accreditation (2013), which allows it to confer each form of educational degree i.e. specialist, bachelor, master and doctor. Teaching and research activities are carried out by over 669 highly qualified full-time lecturers, including 86 Full Professors, 211 Associate Professors, 294 Senior Assistant Professors, 78 Assistants Professors and other teachers. Approximately 14 000 full-time students and more than 4 000 part-time students are trained in more than 80 bachelor and 100 master courses including natural, humanitarian, social, engineering and economic sciences.
The University of Girona is a public institution devoted to excellence in teaching and research and to participating in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, dissemination and criticism of knowledge related to the sciences, technology, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. The University of Girona, deeply rooted in Catalonia and Catalan culture, is one of the primary economic and cultural motors of the region. At the same time, it pursues a vocation of universality and openness to all traditions and cultures. The University, located in the city of Girona, is a part of the Catalan public university system. Regarding the area related to the project, two members of the "Quality of Teaching and Learning process and Teachers Training: Strategic and Curricular Advising" team will take part in the project. The main objective of the team is research that provide elements of quality for the analysis and the improvement of the educational practice through the following lines of work: Analysis and evaluation of the curricular planning based in competences; Evaluation of the learning based in competences; Analysis of the practice as a tool of reflection and teacher training ; Indicators of quality of the process of teaching and learning.
WUSMED is a politically independent association committed to academic freedom and the encouraging of the potential of academic cooperation and international relations.
Our vision is to be the competent partner for the development of higher education as key factor for socio-economic and political advancement of societies.
WUSMED stand out as basic and fundamental objectives that are given below:
- To promote, coordinate, develop and evaluate activities in international cooperation for sustainable human development in the Mediterranean countries.
- Develop education, training, communication and research that are directed to respond to the needs of the social, economic and cultural development focusing specially on issues of common interest with the in the Mediterranean countries.
- Collaborate in the creation and management of centres for teaching, research, development and innovation to help achieve the goals of WUSMED.
- Enhance knowledge transfer from the University through advice, encouragement and possible participation in companies for the use, dissemination and commercialization of knowledge.
- Participate and activate various research projects in the areas of the own work of WUSMED and that are of interest to institutions, universities, NGOs for Development and companies from both continents.
- Organize activities and disseminate information such as scholarships, prizes, contests, seminars, courses, seminars, conferences, academic meetings and other events.
Jordan University of Science and Technologies was established in1986 in the Northern part of Jordan. It has 11 faculties including 52 academic departments. Currently, almost 4000 student are enrolled in the engineering faculty. There are 150 Faculty members in the faculty of engineering. JUST has recently developed an Energy Centre in collaboration KTH with of TEMPUS project (JEP-30057-2002).The mission of the Energy Center at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) is dedicated to improving energy sustainability through programs intended to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection. The Energy Center provides objective research, information, consultations and education on energy issues to different industries, professionals, policy makers and the public
Bethlehem University is a Catholic co-educational institution in the Lasallian tradition whose mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of Palestine and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge. The University emphasizes excellence in academic programs and the development of students as committed people prepared to assume leading positions in society. The University aspires to fostering shared values, moral principles and dedication to serving the common good. The University’s enrolment of 3,254 students, most of whom are full time, and nearly 15,000 graduates, most of whom are serving the Palestinian society in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in various professions and leadership positions.
Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan (henceforth, ZUJ) was established in March, 1993. Instruction began on September 6, 1993, and since then ZUJ has witnessed considerable progress, at both the infrastructure and academic levels. It now includes seven faculties, encompassing 30 undergraduate and two graduates program.
Academic & Administrative Staff: There are 322 faculty members of various ranks distributed among the seven faculties of the university, and 83 teaching and research assistants and lab technicians. In addition, there are 219 administrative employees and 272 workers.
The Faculty of Engineering at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan is seeking to be a leading professional school in the region. The Faculty of Engineering offers educational programs of the highest standards, promotes research and creative scholarly activities of its faculty and students, and provides services to the community at large, while addressing the needs of Jordan and the region. The Faculty of Engineering undergoes continuous improvement to maintain a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment, and prepares its students to be life-long learners, innovators, and professionals capable of being leaders in their chosen careers, committed to personal integrity and civic responsibility.
Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan recognized the need for engineering education in the field of hybrid engineering; consequently, two programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering have been established, one of these programs was established in 2009 at the Department of Computer and Communication Engineering, the other program is offered by the department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. The faculty established another two programs in 2011: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the other program is offered by the Department of Architectural Engineering.The faculty established two new programs in 2015: Alternative Energy Technology at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the other program is offered by the Department of Power and Control Engineering.
Aalborg University Copenhagen (AAU-CPH) constitutes Aalborg University’s educational and research activities in the Greater Copenhagen area. All activities are gathered in an integrated research campus with several innovative start-up-businesses at the Southern harbour area close to central Copenhagen. At AAU-Cph researchers and PhD fellows take part in national and international research programs in close collaboration with a wide variety of research institutions as well as public and private corporations and contribute with world-class research within as varied areas as virtual reality, mobile communication, sustainable energy sources, organizational communications and processes of democracy in Latin America.
Aalborg University (AAU) provides high-quality research within natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering and health sciences and focuses on strong national and international world class research groups representing the academic areas of the University. AAU secures a high quality level within research and within the research based programmes e.g. by providing special support for the most promising researcher talents. As well as generating new knowledge, the efforts of researchers to create research-based teaching at AAU play a central role in fulfilling the vision of contributing knowledge of importance and relevance to the development of society towards greater sustainability in terms of resource management, the environment and social responsibility. This commitment on the part of AAU researchers combines with research-oriented teaching to produce graduates who are highly qualified and ready for the labour-market, as well as research-based and value-adding innovation that is interesting, surprising, and relevant. The main teaching and study form at AAU is problem based and project organised learning. This “Aalborg PBL Model" builds bridges between the various approaches to teaching, research and innovation, and it connects students and researchers. The tradition and practice of maintaining a large portfolio of well-established and integrated external partnerships enables the rapid and effective dissemination of knowledge. A cross-disciplinary approach to the generation of new knowledge and the development of new knowledge-based solutions are logical consequences of the Aalborg PBL Model and of AAU’s sound and well-developed practices in relation to external cooperation. Since Aalborg University was first established in 1974, all university programmes have been based on problem based learning (PBL). Aalborg University students work in groups applying problem oriented methods in preparing projects of a high academic standard. The PBL-based pedagogical model of the University has become both nationally and internationally recognised by universities, researchers and students as an advanced and efficient learning model. Thus, UNESCO has placed its only Danish Chair in PBL at Aalborg University. AAU will continue to develop and adapt the Aalborg PBL Model to meet the societal and educational demands and changes. This learning model provides AAU students with the possibility of:
- acquiring knowledge and skills independently and at a high academic level
- working analytically and according to interdisciplinary and problem and result oriented methods
- cooperating with the business community on the solution of authentic professional problems
- developing their abilities within teamwork
- becoming well prepared for the labour market
AAU places equal emphasis on the three primary university value streams: highly qualified graduates for the labour market of the future; new cognition, knowledge, technology and innovation that address important societal problems; and effective dissemination of knowledge through cooperation with the community and wider society.Research is the central and pervasive factor in all three value streams, partly as a solid foundation for research-based teaching and innovation and partly as the way to create exciting new knowledge that can found new directions in research and provide solutions to existing issues.