March 5, 2018

University of Glasgow welcomes Palestinian students

The University of Glasgow has welcomed the largest single group of Palestinian students to take part in an exchange program with a UK university. The eight students have come to Scotland from the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) as part of a global language and education program.

The project between the University of Glasgow and IUG was created when Glasgow’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) won two grants from the Erasmus International Credit Mobility scheme worth almost €600,000 to support sending and receiving students and staff to and from partner countries beyond the European Union.

Manar Elhopy one of the students from IUG is studying a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Translation, and says, “We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this exchange a reality. We are greatly honoured to be the first students from IUG to come to Glasgow. Over the past eight months, which is longer than the courses we are currently studying in Glasgow, we have been trying to travel from the heart of Gaza to the heart of Scotland – Glasgow. Finally the two hearts have met and we hope will forever be joined.”

Associate Professor Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Curriculum Development at IUG, Dr Nazmi Al-Masri, commented via video link, “We are so happy to see our dream a reality and see our students in Glasgow. It is part of a long-term plan to work with Glasgow to build bridges – linguistic, academic, and cultural. We hope our students will enjoy the experience of learning in Glasgow. Our hearts and minds are with them and we wish them the best success in their studies. We know they will come back to Gaza with more knowledge and richer in experience. You have made history by getting to Glasgow and being the first students to do this.”

Vice Principal Internationalisation at the University of Glasgow, Professor James C Conroy PhD FAcSS, says, “The University of Glasgow is profoundly committed to scholarship as an ethical and global endeavour. This commitment is seen in GRAMNet, GCID and other structured opportunities to bring together colleagues from across the University in shared endeavour. It is in this spirit that we have been delighted to welcome eight students from the Islamic University of Gaza.”

The exchange project was supported by staff across the University of Glasgow, as well as the Foreign Office and the British Council. John Knagg, Global Head, English for Education Systems, at the British Council, explains, “This is a very innovative and collaborative project. It talks to what the British Council is all about - international knowledge and understanding. We are delighted to see these students now in Glasgow, learning and making new friends.”

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