Palestinian Higher Education and Sustainable Youth Enterprise: Placing Students at the heart of the system to develop 21st Century Graduates

A two day International Higher Education Symposium on 10th and 11th April 2018 at Berzeit University, Palestine 

What is the aim of this symposium?

 How can Palestinian Higher Education place students at the heart of the system to enable sustainable youth enterprise? 

 This two-day international higher education symposium provides insight into the challenges and opportunities for the development of youth enterprise and entrepreneurialism in Palestinian Higher Education and offers educational possibilities for consideration towards further development of sustainable impacts across the wider MENA region. 

 The symposium will bring together perspectives from policy makers, higher education specialists, Ministers, academics and importantly the students themselves. Through a range of Palestinian and international practices, case studies and curriculum industry models the participants will explore tangible avenues for future development of enterprise and entrepreneurialism in higher education. Aspects of leadership, policy, teaching and learning practice and the wider student experience will be considered.

 The symposium will demonstrate:

  •  How co-creation and co-production between Higher Education providers, students, industry partners, government and policy makers is a key foundation for enabling the development of 21st century entrepreneurial graduates
  •  The role of students as partners in this agenda and student recognition of this relationship

 Students from several Palestinian Universities will share their perspectives and experiences through collaborative presentations, panel discussions and debates. 

 Day 1 will explore 2018 current perspectives on entrepreneurialism in Palestinian Higher Education. 

Day 2 will build on the discussions and presentations from Day 1 through an interactive collaborative workshop which will give delegates the opportunity to test a globally transferable curriculum model designed to develop sustainable graduate enterprise and entrepreneurialism. 

 This symposium will be of interest to the following constituencies


University Senior Managers and Leaders
Higher Education Ministers and policy makers
Vice-Principals Education and Student Experience, or similar
Academic Development specialists
Academic Directors, and tutors
University industry partners and educational sponsors

What will delegates take away from participation?

•       Insight into current developments in Palestinian enterprise education 

•       An understanding of the major themes and issues associated with the development of this educational agenda in the region 

•       Ideas and good practice taken from international perspectives and current thinking to inform local, regional developments and initiatives

•       Access to an international network of practice and developmental ideas 

•       Universities can take away principles to set up an entrepreneurial network 

•       Universities can take away an entrepreneurial curriculum model 

•       Policy makers can see / listen to what is happening on the ground evidenced by the breadth and depth of current practice




Contributions, including Thought leadership, Case Studies, Presentations, and workshops will be given by:

  • Brendan McSharry, OBE, The British Council 
  • Dr Abdullatif Abuhijleh, President , Birzeit University
  • Dr Mirvat Bulbul, Vice President for Planning and Development at Birzeit University, Palestine
  • Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford, UK
  • Students, Senior Leadership, and Academics from; An Najah University, Al-Quds University, Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, Hebron University, Palestinian Polytechnic University
  • Dr Joan Lockyer, Assistant Director International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, University of Coventry, UK
  • Dr Gillian Jack, Executive Director - Campuses and Student Services, University of South Wales
  • Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience, University of Salford, UK