eTraining FinPal stands for “Online Training of Trainers: Initiative to Develop Pedagogical Practices in Palestinian Higher Education”.

It is a development cooperation project between Higher Education in Transition (HET) research group operating at the University of Tampere in Finland and Academic Affairs at the Islamic University of Gaza in Palestinian Territory. Read more about the project partners here.

The project aims to improve pedagogical competencies and academic teaching capacity of staff members at Islamic University of Gaza. Furthermore, the aim is to establish a University pedagogy unit at Islamic University of Gaza that will offer a study programme on academic teaching to other Palestinian higher education institutions. The ultimate goal of the project is to enhance the quality of educational process in Palestinian higher education thus supporting societal development.

The project is divided into 5 consecutive phases:
1. Assessment of the context and needs of the teaching staff at Islamic University of Gaza
2. Designing the study programme on university pedagogy
3. Training of trainers
4. Dissemination of the programme and establishing the University pedagogy unit at Islamic University of Gaza
5. Programme evaluation

Read more about the implementation of the project here.

The eTraining FinPal project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland through its Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI).

Duration of the project: March 2017 – March 2020
Coordinating institution: University of Tampere, Finland