Continuing Education

Center of Continuing Education (CCE)

Center of Continiuing Education (CCE) seeks to build the capacity of institutions and local communities to be able to achieve their goals effectively and efficiently through the design, development and implementation of high quality innovative and holistic models and programs in areas of organizational development, educational reform, community empowerment and psycho-social counseling, based on a full understanding of the developmental reality and within the framework of cooperation and partnership with specialized entities to achieve a lasting impact.
The Center uses participatory approaches to learning where participants are encourage to actively contribute to teaching and learning, rather than passively receiving information from outside experts. 
Only 20% of the diploma courses are theoretical to explain the basic definitions and learning approaches of each program, whereby the rest is practical. This will give experience to participants to share information, learn from each other, and work together using activities and visual tools.  
Each participant is required to make a project relevant to what he/ she studies under the supervision of experts and will be evaluated by a special committee. 
The (CCE) is here to help expand a person’s horizons, advance their career, and open up new paths to opportunity as they achieve a full potential through innovative, modern learning.

(Certified from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education)

Goals

  • Introducing skills and tools for assessment and performance evaluation.
  • Provide Participants with the techniques for managing programs

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Define NGOs and their relation to development 
  • Understand NGO Strategy, Structure and Systems and how planning, programming and research works
  • Implement programs and projects related to development
  • Human resources management and development
  • Manage Financial Resources 
  • Monitor and Evaluate Successful Programs and Projects.

Target Group

The Program is offered to staff members of NGO establishments within middle and senior employees, and those who have an experience of no less than 3 years.

Program Courses

A participant must complete 320 credit hours divided on a wide variety of courses and topics offered:

  • Development and the role of NGO establishments
  • Institutional development
  • Project Management
  • Human and financial resources management
  • Administrative management
  • Building Partnerships and Fund Raising
  • Seminar (Final Project). 

Certified from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Goals

  • ‏Enhancing the skills of those who work in small and medium enterprises according to the labour market’s needs. 
  • To enable small and medium enterprises owners/ managers from becoming entrepreneurs in their own field 
  • Developing strategic and marketing plans
  • Enhance participants ability in the fields of human resources management and production planning
  • Introducing participants to the importance of quality management for the success of small and medium enterprises. 
  • Enabling participants to prepare a project plan, prepare financial reports and study the feasibility of the project. 

Target Group

  • ‏Managers and owners of small and medium enterprises in the production and services sector
  • High- school, and vocational and technical training graduates. 

Courses

A participant must complete 320 credit hours divided on a wide variety of courses and topics offered:

  • General Management Skills 
  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Marketing Management 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Seminar (final project)
  • Program Goals:
  • ‏Enable participants to understand and manage governmental work
  • Enhance accountability and gender diversity in the public sector
  • Enhance participants abilities in project planning, time management and decision- making skills, taking into consideration gender diversity
  • Monitoring and Evaluation taking into consideration gender diversity
  • ‏Build strategic partnerships with the media and the public
  • Crisis Management 
  • Implement negotiations techniques that guarantee implementing gender diversity and accountability in the public sector entities.
  • Achieve effective management in a constant changing demands and needs. 

Target Group

The program is offered to program and project managers in the public sector. 

Courses

A participant must complete 320 credit hours divided on a wide variety of courses and topics offered:

  • An Introduction to public administration and Governmental work
  • Communication Skills
  • Planning and Time Management 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Team Building
  • Change Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Negotiations
  • Leadership Skills
  • Seminar (Final Project)

Additional Courses

  • ‏An Introduction to gender and work accountability
  • Methods to enhance transparency and integrity at the public sector
  • Media and gender

Certified from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education)

Program Goals

  • Learn the importance of communication for effective guiding and counseling
  • Create professional experts for those working with child and adolescence-related systems and learn about their sociological and physiological changes. 
  • Identify child and adolescence problems and be able to treat them
  • Applying collective guidance. 

Target Group

This program targets specialized physiotherapists and social workers. 

Courses

A participant must complete 320 credit hours divided on a wide variety of courses and topics offered:

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Communication Skills
  • Children and Adolescent Stages of Development
  • Children and Adolescent disorders
  • Concepts on behavioral intervention 
  • Family and school and collective counseling Guidance

Faculty of Law and Public Administration

Description

‏This program includes many courses that cover a wide range of topics, listed below, that belongs to the administrative as well as the financial fields. It was designed to meet the needs of those working in the public sector. It is worth mentioning there are conditions for admission into the program, and furthermore, those who stay with it and get a positive evaluation will be eligible for receiving professional diploma certificate at the end of the program. The certificate is signed by Birzeit University and endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education in Palestine.     

‏General Objective/s

‏Increase and develop the administrative and financial sills of the public sector employees in order to enable them to perform the duties of their jobs in an efficient and effective manner that is much better than they have done before the training. 
‏Training Methodology: 
‏Variety of training methods will be applied typical to best practices in training. These include: lectures/ workgroups, simulations, role play, etc. 

‏Key information regarding the program:

  • Duration of the Program: 12 months
  • Actual training hours: 320 actual hours
  • Implementing party: Birzeit University 
  • Location of Implementation: Birzeit University
  • Name of program coordinator:  (                                  )
  • Names of coordinators representing the Faculty of Law and Public Administration (FLPA):  (Dr. Hanini/ Dr. Asem Khalil)
  • Period of Implementation: 2012-2013

List of the topics include, hours of training, and names of trainers

Course #

Course Name

Trainer

# of Training hours

1

Introduction to Public Administration and the work of public organization

Mayyada Badawi

30

2

Communication Skills in Administrative Work

Rania Jaber

30

3

Planning and Time Management Skills

Ayman Mimi

30

4

Introduction to Governmental Accounting

Feras Zaghal

30

5

Professional Work Protocols

Reyad Mustafa

30

6

Formal Writing Skills (English/Arabic)

Mahdi Arar 

Fatin Khalaf

40

7

Monitoring and Evaluation and Report Writing

Ayman Mimi

30

8

Computer Skills and IT Support

Mahmoud Ibrahim

Raed Rajab

Mahmoud Dawoud

40

9

Change and Conflict Management

Ali Nazzal

30

10

Graduation Project

Ayman Mimi

30

Total Training hours

 

320

‏Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies

‏Overview

‏The Professional Strategy and International Communication Diploma program aims to strengthen the local capacities in both strategy and communication. This is done through focusing on several topics related to strategy and communication, locally and internationally, in addition to focusing on international relations and cooperation and on skills of leadership and diplomacy.

‏This diploma delivers training modules based on coherent theoretical foundation, yet focus on practical exercises, scenarios and activities related to communication skills. Developing such diploma in the field of international communication is of great importance in the international level due to the impact such field has upon international relations. In the Palestinian context, this diploma is highly important in order to help producing a pool of senior Palestinians equipped with communication skills in the light of the Palestinian state building process and the need to master the tools of mediation, advocacy and conflict resolution. This could be achieved through combining the fields of diplomacy and strategic and international relations with the field of international communication.

‏Objectives

‏The overall objective of this diploma is to prepare graduates for leadership roles in international strategic communication as advocates for their organizations and their national strategic goals and objectives. More specifically, the project aims at the following:

  • Offer an educational program that will provide the trainees with strategic communication skills that will help formulate messages that help advocate the national goals and the organizational goals.
  • Improve the trainees’ level of professionalism in strategic management and strategic thinking for professional working in the field.
  • Building the capacity to be able to defend institutional and national cases with emphasis on the Palestinian case.

‏The main concepts that will be raised throughout the diploma include the following:

  • Formulating effective messages.
  • Setting communication strategies.
  • Data gathering and analysis to help formulate effective messages and hold advocacy campaigns.
  • Setting strategic communication plans.
  • Using social media to effectively communicate strategically.
  • Basic and advanced communication skills.
  • Negotiation skills and conflict resolution.
  • Ethics in strategic communication.
  • Strategic communication during conflicts and during change.

‏To achieve this, the diploma will enable students to:

  • Share in and explore a broad range of regional and international expertise in Strategic Communication.
  • Acquire and practice the skills necessary to become effective practitioners in Strategic Communication.
  • Apply the principles and practices of effective Strategic Communication to at least one sector of Palestinian life, e.g. public diplomacy, business, NGO activity, public administration etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct and manage an effective communication strategy that delivers measurable outcomes in target audiences and responds to critical developments.

Teaching/Training Techniques 

‏This professional diploma will be a qualification that is academically and professionally respected. Participants are in-career professionals whose employers endorse the need to enhance their employees’ strategic communications skills. The majority of the course is taught via lectures, seminars and workshops presented by national and international experts and facilitated by a course leader and a group of tutors.
‏There is a substantial amount of directed reading, and students are expected to read, watch and listen widely to national and international media to support their learning. There is a dissertation element in the assessment of the diploma – a piece of original work prepared under the light-touch supervision of a tutor. Dissertations may take of the form either of a conventional academic work or a project appropriate and applicable to their place of employment.

Curricula: The professional diploma provides knowledge and skills about the following:

  • Forming and communicating messages.
  • Forming and implementing communication strategies and setting communication strategic plans.
  • Using the social media and communication technology in strategic communication.
  • Negotiation skills and conflict resolution.
  • Ethical communications skills and methods.
  • International and diplomatic communications and protocols.

‏The curricula focus on practical work related to real cases of communication strategies and negotiation.

‏The courses are divided according to the following:

No.

Course Title

Course Hours

Theme A: Communication and Strategic Communication Skills

1

Strategic Communication Techniques and Skills

40

2

Strategic Thinking

40

3

Strategic Planning

40

4

Negotiation

40

Theme B: Environment of International Politics

5

Public Diplomacy and Diplomacy in Practice

40

6

International Conflicts and Disputes

40

7

Contemporary International Issues

 

Theme C: Communication in The Diplomatic International Environment

8

Corporate Diplomacy

40

9

National Identity and Nation Branding

40

10

Political and International Communication

40

 

11

Special Topic

40

12

Seminar – Graduation Project

30

Total number of training hours needed: 350

470

‏Distribution of courses:

‏Theme A: Communication and Strategic Communication Skills (120 hours)
‏Obligatory Courses:

  • Strategic Communication Techniques and Skills 
  • Strategic Thinking

‏Elective Courses (Chose one of the following courses):

  • Strategic Planning
  • Negotiation

‏Theme B: Environment of International Politics (80 hours)
‏Obligatory Courses:

  • Public Diplomacy and Diplomacy in Practice

‏Elective Courses (Chose one of the following courses):

  • International Conflicts and Disputes 
  • Contemporary International Issues

‏Theme C: Communication in The Diplomatic International Environment (120 hours)
‏Obligatory Courses:

  • Political and International Communication
  • National Identity and Nation Branding

‏Elective Courses (chose one of the following courses):

  • Corporate Diplomacy
  • Special Topic

‏Seminar – Graduation Project (30) hours

  • Teaching Methods: Teaching methods are trainee-oriented; where it focuses on exchanging experiences from the different organizations that the students come from, bringing experiences of national and international, public and private and diplomatic organizations. As a professional diploma, the teaching methods are based on real life cases and experiences with some theoretical aspects that help facilitate the practical exercises and activities.

Contact

‏Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies
‏Director: Dr. Abdel Karim Barghouti
02-2982939
ialiis@birzeit.edu