The University of Glasgow has formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arab American University Palestine (AAUP), located in the city of Jenin in the Palestinian West Bank.

The MoU will promote medical collaboration between the two universities, including hosting students from AAUP in Glasgow, so they gain experience of clinical practice in the UK.

The agreement was signed on Thursday 2 May by Rachel Sandison, Deputy Vice Chancellor of External Engagement and Vice Principal of External Relations at the University of Glasgow, and Professor Mohammad Asia, President Assistant for Medical Faculties, and the Dean Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences at AAUP.

AAUP is building links with a number of UK universities to help develop scientific and medical collaboration.

Front row (l-r): Rachel Sandison, UofG ; Professor Mohammad Asia, AAUP. Back row (l-r): Professor Matthew Waters, UofG; Dr Bara Asfour, AAUP

Rachel Sandison said: “We are very pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab American University Palestine. This will create important opportunities for student exchange between the two institutions, as well as delivering specialist academic teaching and training.

“As an international university, Glasgow has a diverse network of global partnerships, which enhance and broaden our reputation, while offering opportunities for our students, colleagues and partners to enrich their learning, teaching and research.”

Professor Matthew Walters, Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing at the University of Glasgow, said: “”The University of Glasgow’s Medical School is proud to be working in partnership with the Arab American University Palestine to enrich the educational experiences of students in Glasgow and Jenin.

“In the first phase of this collaboration we will be welcoming a group of students to Glasgow for a medical summer school which will provide the experience of UK medical education and clinical practice. We look forward to hosting them, and to further developing our partnership in the future.” 

Professor Mohammad Asia, Vice-President of AAUP, said: “It is with great honor that I sign this agreement with one of the most prestigious universities in the world.”

Dr Bara Asfour, Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs at AAUP,  expressed his  gratitude by saying: “Thank you for solidifying this agreement between our universities, we are looking forward to working together for the benefit of our institutions.”

Dr Malik Zaben, Dean of AAUP Medical School, said: “We are excited about the opportunities this agreement brings for faculty and student exchange, research collaboration and other many other areas of mutual interest.”