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Completed Projects

Enhancement of the Palestinian University System through an integrated program of high professional training for seven Palestinian universities

Management: Università degli Studi di Pavia

Funding: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs- DG for Development Cooperation

Total Project Cost: € 1.521.420,00

MAE Contribution: € 985.880,10

Description: The project aims to contribute to the reinforcement of academic programmes and the enhancement of training for Palestinian university professors/researchers so as to contribute to the sustainable development of Palestinian universities in the medium-long run.
The project proposes to train 14 researchers in complete three-year PhD programmes and to organise a join multidisciplinary integrated course. To give coherence to the project proposal, the academic programs will be defined by the Palestinians universities together with the Palestinian National Authority.
A conference entitled “Peace and Cooperation Day” will be organised in order to implement the actual collaboration between Italian and Palestinian Universities.

Palestinian Universities involved in the project: Bir Zeit University, Al-Quds University, An-Najah University, Hebron University, The Palestine Polytechnic University, The Arab American University of Jenin, Bethlehem University .

Coordinator: Università degli Studi di Pavia

Partners: Università la Sapienza di Roma, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Università degli Studi di Siena, Università degli Studi di Trento, Università degli Studi di Urbino

36 months

Inter-University Cooperation Project Pavia-Bukavu

Università degli Studi di Pavia

Funding: Banca Intesa Sanpaolo, from the “Fondo di beneficenza ed opere di carattere sociale e culturale”

Total Project Cost: € 30.000,00

Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Contribution: € 25.000,00
Description: The project aims to enhance the educational activities of the Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB), the only University with more than 1.500 students across the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), recognized by the Government but not subsidized in any way.
The Inter-University Cooperation Project Pavia-Bukavu has then the aim of helping the Congolese academic institution to train in the best way qualified professionals, in the five teaching fields of the Faculties working on site, with particular attention to the Faculty of Medicine. Regarding this last activity, it will be of great importance the collaboration with the hospitals associated with both universities; in particular the Foundation IRCCS Policlinico “S.Matteo” of Pavia and the Hôpital Général Provincial de Référence de Bukavu.
To achieve this goal, on September 6th 2007, both institutions signed an agreement of scientific cooperation for a period of 5 years, renewable.
The main project activities are the followings:
1) invitation to Italy of young teachers and researchers of UCB for training courses of two or three months;
2) on-site training courses taught by visiting Italian teachers;
3) dispatch of medical and educational equipment purchased and / or recovered in Italy;
4) to provide UCG with the computer equipment needed for the realization of a medical teleconsultation service.

Partners: Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italia), Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB)

Duration: 12 months

FAPPAs- Food aid, cash aid and perspectives for the Palestinian agricultural sector
Management: Università degli Studi di Pavia

Funding: Regione Lombardia

Total Project Cost: € 301.062,00

Regione Lombardia Contribution: € 225.000,00

Description: The idea of this research project is based on the difficulties of agriculture in Palestine and the effects of food aid versus cash aid to the recovery of the sector. Agriculture remains a dominant sector of the Palestinian economy but it faces big problems since it is constrained by available land and water, as well as access to markets. These constraints have been the object of political conflict, as Israeli authorities have limited available land, water and markets. Since Palestinian agriculture is a major potential user of land and water, it is important to establish its needs for these resources. In 2004, Prof. Marco Missaglia, Economist at Pavia University, together with Paul de Boer, Economist at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, published a paper on the effects of food aid (“Food-for-Work versus Cash-for-Work: emergency assistance in Palestine") in Economic System Research, based on the CGE methodology, using data from World Bank and PCBS- Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. The National Palestinian Economic Research Institute (MAS) is committing to deepen this analysis, asking for a prosecution of the research, now more focused on the possible scenarios of different ways of food aid supply, utilizing a quantitative methodology. The research should be based on this premises: - separation of the effects on the agro-alimentary sector in the West Bank and Gaza; - careful evaluation of food aid effects on those who are not directly beneficiaries and it should verify: - the optimal quota of food aid on the total amount of international aid in Palestine; - the different ways of food aid supply (primary goods vs subsides for productive inputs purchase); - what kind of effects the different type of food aid supply (and so of beneficiaries) have on Palestinian economy. In this case, the research will emphasize more the producers and the agricultural sector than the final beneficiaries and aims to identify and suggest the optimal food aid supply for all the cooperation agencies. This research will be made by Pavia University together with the Bethlehem University, with the support of PCBS and MAS, and will include some high formation activities (intensive courses and summer school on CGE model and forecasting) for young researchers, mainly Palestinian. UNCTAD and MAS will take part as supervisors and general managers of the research.

Partners: Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italia), Bethlehem University (Palestine)

Duration: 24 months

EDULINK Project: TDNET – Trade and Development Training, Research and Policy Network
Management: Università degli Studi di Pavia

Funding: European Union, in the framework of the EDULINK Programme – 9th European Development Fund

Total Project Cost: € 530.758,00

EC Contribution: € 451.144,30

Description: The project is aimed at enhancing the capacity of five East and Southern African universities to provide quality and carry out policy-relevant research on current trade and development issues. The partners will train university staff, students and researchers in trade development issues. The project intends to create common curricula to be integrated into study programmes and organise dialogues between the academics and the policymakers on trade and development with a focus on regional integration. The project will also offer traineeships to graduates, which will provide them with an opportunity to do policy research and be exposed to trade and development policymaking in practice. The improved capacity of universities and increased pool of experts will benefit governments and civil servants, in terms of capacity to design and negotiate trade and development policies. Ultimately this should lead to better endogenous trade and development strategies for the entire population of the East and Southern African countries.

Partners: Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Mauritius, Catholic University of Bukavu (DRC), Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (Tanzania), Radboud University (The Netherlands)
Associates: European Centre for Development Policy Management (The Netherlands), South African Institute of International Affairs (South Africa)

Duration: 36 months

TEMPUS MEDA Project-Development of a Master Programme in International Cooperation and Development at Bethlehem University
Management: Università degli Studi di Pavia

Funding: European Union, within the framework of the “TEMPUS” Programme (Trans-European mobility scheme for university studies)

Consortium: the project is carried out by a network of European and Palestinian institutions. Namely, in addition to the University of Pavia and the Institute for Advanced Study (Pavia), the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands), the University College of Dublin (Ireland), the University of Bethlehem (Palestine), the Italian NGO VIS and the Palestinian NGO PARC.

Total Project Cost: € 494.488,00

EC Contribution: € 455.188,00

Co-financing: funding provided by the Italian Episcopal Conference to the NGO VIS, a member of the TEMPUS consortium.

Description: the project was designed in support of the Master in Cooperation and Development at the University of Bethlehem in Palestine, which was established in 2005 and is currently in its third edition. On October 27th, 2007, the first group of 19 Palestinian students received their Master degrees. The programme is part-time and lasts two years, allowing the students to continue working while completing the Master. It is open to a maximum of 25 Palestinian students each year and offers multidisciplinary training covering topics in Economics, Law, History, Politics and International Relations. Teaching is done by local academic staff as well as professors form partner institutions of the consortium. The project also provides Palestinian students with the opportunity to participate in study programmes and training in European Universities.