UCAS Celebrates the Launch of the National Portals for Scientific Research and Libraries
At the University College of Applied Sciences, one of our core missions is to encourage scientific research and development in all fields and specializations. We aim to increase the students' interest and quality of learning and facilitate their access to information. As part of this constant endeavor to achieve this goal, the college has launched the Palestinian Research and Library Platform within the Capacity Building Project in the Field of Higher Education PALIB, funded by the European Union.
The celebration was launched with the participation of Dr. Ahmed El Dahdooh, Project Manager at the UCAS, Dr. Shaher Zayoud, Director of Development and Scientific Research at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Abdel Karim Daraghmeh, Director of National Erasmus+ Office - Palestine, and representatives of partner universities in Palestine and Europe on Sunday, June 26 2022.
Several officials and academics from various universities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank through Zoom participated in the meeting, which was held at UCAS conference room.
Dr. Ahmed Al Dahdooh, the project manager, opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees, and said, "We are pleased to meet you today in this special celebration of the launch of the Palestinian Portal for Scientific Research and the Palestinian Portal for Libraries, which is a national academic platform within the outputs of the PALIB project." He noted that these platforms are the first Palestinian portals for scientific research and libraries in Palestinian universities and facilitate access to information from its source.
Al Dahdooh stressed the platform's importance to university students and researchers. Additionally, he noted that Palestinian universities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have to enhance this achievement by making the platform an essential information repository for scientific research in universities. Moreover, this rich source of information will be freely offered to the beneficiaries. He added that the platform is a powerful link between Palestinian universities. It reflects the considerable efforts made in all universities and helps increase the repetition of scientific research topics in universities.
Dr. Shaher Zayoud, Director of Development and Scientific Research at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research said that these platforms are very useful for the Palestinian academic community; they will raise the Palestinian research rank and help for the worldwide dissemination of the reputation of the Palestinian academic community.
Dr. Abdel Karim Daraghmeh, Director of National Erasmus+ Office – Palestine, said that he is proud to participate in this remarkable event, and he is proud that one of the most important Erasmus+ project achieved its target by launching these portals. He encouraged other Palestinian universities to participate in these portals in order to benefit from the tremendous services they provide.
Dr. Imad Brik from Al-Najah University; one of the participating universities; said, "We are always proud of similar innovative projects. This platform is not only a database but also genuinely encourages researchers from different Palestinian universities to connect professionally".
Moreover, Dr. Hatem Elaydi from Islamic University of Gaza added, "We pride ourselves on launching this Palestinian platform. We aspire to continue enhancing this project; we seek to spread this alliance between Palestinian universities today." Furthermore, he asked the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to adopt the portals in order to sustain the services they provide.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Motaz Saad, from Islamic University of Gaza, presented in a live show the main features of the portals, and discussed with the audience thoughtful suggestions for practical improvements to the platform's mechanism. The audience praised such a worthwhile project in improving the access process to information and references.
The links to the portals: