Birzeit School of Government (BSG)
Birzeit School of Government strives to contribute to Palestinian society by building capacities that enable graduates to take on active, efficient and resourceful roles in reforming the public sector. The school aims to foster and enhance capacity-building, research, analytical and planning skills among future leaders of public-service and nongovernmental organizations and of institutions that assure adherence to good governance principles and engage in public sector control. BSG combines research with practical studies to address the challenges related to public policies.
Scope of BSG Work
Birzeit School of Government stands on four main pillars, namely teaching/education, professional training, academic research, and public lectures. The school also organizes discussions and symposia to facilitate the exchange of experience, enhance governmental policies, and help improve the quality of public services in Palestine and in the Arab region.
Birzeit School of Government offers a master’s program in government and local governance, seeking to cover an existing gap in the Palestinian public-service and non-governmental sectors by graduating experts who have gained knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on experience and are able to lead, research, analyze, and plan while working in governmental sectors and in nongovernmental organizations as well as in institutions that specialize in fostering good governance and in enforcing control of the public sector. Graduates and students will be able to contribute positively to national development, planning, and sustainable local development.
Birzeit School of Government provides two types of training:
- Short-term training sessions: Extensive workshops tackle specific topics relevant to the needs of the public, civil, and business sectors.
- Long-term study resulting in a diploma: One-year extensive executive programs geared towards civil servants and public policy makers at the central and local government levels as well as officials from civil society and from the private sector.
- Research and Studies
Birzeit School of Government works to produce innovative research that defines and enhances best practices; it provides and helps implement practical solutions for the challenges public policies are currently facing. BSG furthermore aims to produce research and studies that enhance the implementation of evidence based policies. To this end, it encourages the following two types of study:
- Academic Research, which aims to produce knowledge and enhance the application of best practices in order to facilitate better provision of governmental services and more effective implementation of public policies.
- Policy papers, which aim to enable policy makers in central and local government to produce more effective, practical policies that solve public issues and provide better quality public services.
- Policy Forums
Birzeit Government School will establish two policy forums to serve as hubs for discussion and the exchange of knowledge and expertise. These forums shall take place as follows:
- Public lectures: A series of public lectures will be organized regularly during each academic year. These lectures will tackle political issues within the Palestinian and Arabic contexts.
- Sponsored lectures: Twice a year, the school will invite high-ranking officials from Palestine and other countries to facilitate dialogue involving policy- and decision makers in Palestine.
Birzeit Academy for Local Governance
The academy, established within Birzeit School of Government, seeks to become the leading entity to build the capacities of officials who work in local government. The academy will provide high-quality training sessions related to topics such as local government law, new models for local government management, local and community governance leadership, strategic planning for local governments, managing public funds, sustainable local development, local governance, integrity and transparency, accountability and anti-corruption measures, project management, and others.
The academy also aims to enhance the capacities and skills of the elected officials in the Palestinian local authorities as well as of their employees, especially in the field of development and human resources. It also seeks to provide a platform for learning and for discussions on equal footing between the members of local authorities on issue related to local governance.
- Asem Khalil: Vice President for Community Affairs
- Yaser Amouri: Dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration
- Raed Eshnaiwer: Office of the Vice President for Community Affairs
- Jehad Y Alayasa: Master Program Director - Master Program In Government And Local Government
- Nadia Fawadleh: Administrative Assistant - Office Of The Vice President For Community Affairs