MOU Between Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Palestine Academy Print
Saturday, 05 March 2011 09:18

On the 23rd of January 2008, the joint committee from the MEHE and PALAST met in the PALAST’s offices in Ramallah to discuss how to proceed with the decision made by the Cabinet Ministers on the 14th of June 2005 in Ramallah regarding the relation between PALAST and MEHE.

Based on the common understanding for the need of the integration among the units forming the national science, technology and innovation (STI) system without interfering with the role and functions of each, and on the bases of the available documents and achievements done by PALAST, both the MEHE and PALAST raise the following facts to HE the Minister of MEHE and the Cabinet: 
 

  1. One of the most common important functions that belong to Academy of Sciences in different countries is acting as an advisory institute for the governmental and other national institutions to support the decision makers on issues related to STI. PALAST managed to reflect this role in carrying out studies in cooperation with relevant governmental institutions; e.g. micro-nutrition deficiency and food fortification with the ministry of health, strategic research agenda in ICT with the ministry of telecommunication and information technology, etc.
  2. Over the past seven years, it appeared that PALAST has managed to build trustworthy relations on the national and international levels, which enabled PALAST to be a member in eight reputable international consortium’s bodies and to present the civilized face of Palestine in that sense in addition to open avenues of cooperation and networking.
  3. Significant achievements of PALAST related initiating events such as the conferences; e.g. the Int. conf. on Water values and Rights with the Palestinian water Authority, and establishing relevant research infrastructure, e.g. the Environmental Field Center (EFC) in Jericho, the Museum and the Aquarium in Gaza. Such establishments serve the national needs.
  4. The initiative carried out by PALAST and endorsed by the STI stakeholders in 2002 regarding the Science Fund, which is supposed to provide proper national funds for advancing research and researchers networking is very important and essential to be supported from the ministry and the cabinet.
  5. PALAST was able to establish its headquarters in Jerusalem city and to get the recognition of several international bodies, which met with PALAST directors in its premise in Jerusalem. This should be supported and endorsed.

The joint committee considers that the a.m. facts are of paramount importance and in this sense provide the following recommendations:

  • It is essential to maintain the status of autonomy of this institution in line with similar institutions in other countries. This in turn will ensure the flexibility, needed to do its part at the international and national levels.
  • It is essential that the cabinet supports PALAST in its endeavor implementing its assigned roles. The close cooperation between MEHE and PALAST will facilitate and promote the institution performing its functions.
  • Support financially the institute to perform its functions effectively. The MEHE could closely work with PALAST assuring the proper implementation.