Partnership News

Below are updates and items of interest pertaining to the Al-Quds/Brandeis partnership and exchange. If you have any questions or want to learn more about a particular item, contact Dan Terris, Vice President for Global Affairs. Updated August 2011.

Brandeis delegation visited Al-Quds University, June 2011

mini al qudsA group of faculty (Susan Lanser, Derek Isaacowitz), staff (Elaine Wong, Alwina Bennett), and alumni (Holly Devon, Saghi Sofinzon) visited Al-Quds University friends and colleagues on the main campus of Abu Dis from June 17 - 23 to further both the effective teaching and student exchanges. The visit also coincided with President Fred Lawrence's trip to the region.  Read more

Brandeis Biology Professor Michael Rosbash visits Al-Quds University

On a trip to the region, the Howard Hughes Medical Investigator toured the Al-Quds University campus, and met with partnership faculty, staff, and students. Read the full story.

Al-Quds University guest emphasizes international collaboration

Political Science Prof. Amneh Badran was welcomed to campus in February 2011 by Brandeis faculty, staff, and students who were involved with and/or interested in the Brandeis University/Al-Quds University partnership. "Any effort that provides a chance for cooperation should be welcomed without hesitation," Prof. Badran said.  Read the blog article by Bryan-McAllister-Grande, Assistant Director of the Office of Global Affairs and Partnership Coordinator.

New Partnership Video


This nine-minute film features interviews with students, faculty, and staff who have been involved in recent exchanges.

University Technology Experts From the West Bank Visit Brandeis

On November 11, four university representatives from the West Bank with expertise in technology visited Brandeis to speak with distance learning faculty.  These guests came to campus through coordination with WorldBoston, a local organization which works in conjunction with the U.S. State Department to host delegations of international visitors for cultural and professional exchanges in the Boston area.

Al-Quds faculty members and students visit Brandeis in November 2009

This November, Brandeis hosted a delegation of twelve Al-Quds faculty members and students to mark the culmination of the first phase of the Al-Quds-Brandeis University Partnership, funded by The Ford Foundation. See the slideshow and read Brandeis student's reflections on the visit.

Recap of the May 2009 projects in Effective Teaching, International Conference, Student Exchange
This summer, Brandeis and Al-Quds Universities hosted an international conference, launched a series of faculty exchanges, and continued the undergraduate conversations on "What is a Good Society?"

Student alumnus of the Summer Institute travels to Jerusalem for internship
Brandeis student Stephen Robinson '11, who participated in the 2008 Summer Institute in Istanbul, will be interning this summer with American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), with headquarters in East Jerusalem. Follow his blog here.

Live from Jerusalem
Prof. Derek Isaacowitz (psychology) is a member of a Brandeis faculty delegation currently visiting Al-Quds University in Jerusalem -- part of a long-term partnership between the two universities. Read his blog entry on teaching abroad here

Conference on women and leadership concludes
Over 100 participants joined Al-Quds University and Brandeis University faculty for the May 3rd academic conference on "Women, Leadership, State, and Society." More information on the conference discussion will be coming soon. 

American studies exchange leader to meet with Pope Benedict
Al-Quds University political scientist Mohammed Dajani is a founder of Wasatia (in Arabic, "balance"), a new Palestinian peace movement. Dajani will speak about Wasatia with Pope Benedict XVI on May 11 during the Pope's visit to Jerusalem. Dajani co-led the American studies exchange which, in 2006, brought four Al-Quds graduate students to Brandeis.

Conference schedule available
The first partnership academic conference, "Women, Leadership, State, and Society" will be hosted at Al-Quds University on May 3, 2009. Download the conference schedule (PDF).

Three Brandeis faculty to be "in residence" at Al-Quds University in May 2009
Derek Isaacowitz (Psychology), Anne P. Carter (International Business School/Economics), and Daniel Thomas Kryder (Politics) were selected to be "in residence" at Al-Quds University in early May. Matched up with an Al-Quds faculty counterpart, they will be teaching short modules, and consulting on curriculum and research development.

The next steps for the undergraduate exchange
Building upon two successful summer undergraduate programs in Istanbul, from May 8 - 19 four Brandeis students who participated in the programs will visit Al-Quds University with assistant provost Alwina Bennett. Congratulations to Claire Cooper '11, Garret Nada '10, Holly Devon '11, and Jared Hirsh '10, who will participate and lead workshops and outreach with their Al-Quds student peers. Ms. Ola Hussein and Ms. Sand Salhout, student affairs leaders, are organizing the program schedule for Al-Quds University.

Building 21st-century library and administrative services
Perry Hanson, Vice President and Vice Provost for Libraries and Information Technology, will visit Al-Quds from March 27 - April 2 for further consultation on their strategic planning and administrative systems. He will meet with Imad Abu Kishek, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs at Al-Quds, and other university leaders.

Call for Proposals: Short-term faculty teaching and consultation visits at Al-Quds University for 2009
As part of the Effective Teaching Project, Brandeis faculty are invited to apply to teach short modules and consult on issues of pedagogy, course development, research, and faculty mentoring. Download the call for proposals.

Conference: Women, Leadership, State, and Society
Al-Quds and Brandeis Universities are jointly planning an international conference on women and leadership in state and society with an emphasis on higher education, government, and community-based organizations. See more information here.

2009 Partnership Planning
Associate Vice President for Global Affairs Daniel Terris recently visited Al-Quds University to plan 2009 partnership projects -- including those in effective teaching, administrative exchange, and undergraduate exchange.

Session on partnership selected for international education conference
Brandeis will join with Fairfield University (Connecticut) in presenting a session entitled, "Two-Way Streets: Comprehensive Partnerships Driven by Institutional Identity" at the 2009 conference of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) in February The session will draw upon the Al-Quds-Brandeis University Partnership and the Fairfield partnership with Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua.

2008 Undergraduate Summer Institute Concludes
The second undergraduate exchange, called the Brandeis-Al-Quds Summer Institute, concluded after 10 days in Istanbul, Turkey. Learn more.

Who are the distinguished international teaching fellows?
Find out more.

New Partnership Activities in Effective Teaching, Administration and Finance, and Continuing Education
In April, Sybil Smith and Perry Hanson (Brandeis) traveled to Al-Quds to consult on projects in administration and finance, and continuing education. In May, Brandeis faculty joined with Al-Quds faculty to design and facilitate a new two-day workshop on student assessment as part of the Effective Teaching Exchange. Partnership coordinator Bryan McAllister-Grande also visited Al-Quds to work on documentation of the partnership.

2007 Summer Institute Featured in Brandeis Alumni Magazine
In "Destination Istanbul," writer Sue Rardin captures the difficult dialogues - both inside and outside the classroom - from the Summer Institute in Turkey.

Brandeis and Al-Quds Undergraduates Selected to Participate in 2008 Summer Institute in Turkey
Congratulations to the sixteen Al-Quds University and Brandeis undergrads selected to participate in the 2008 Summer Institute in Turkey. During this institute, eight undergraduates each from Brandeis and Al-Quds will meet in Istanbul in late August to embark on an intellectual journey together, exploring questions such as “What makes a good society?” The students will study and discuss common texts, explore Istanbul, and get to know each other intellectually, culturally, and personally. The 2008 Institute follows a successful joint project last summer.

'Islam in Our Times: A Determined Moderate Emerges from the Shadows'
Zeina Barakat, one of the Al-Quds graduate student participants in the American Studies exchange, recently authored an article on another partnership participant, Mohammed Dajani. Professor Dajani (political science) is the director and founder of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds, and the leader of the new Palestinian movement "Wasatia."

2007 Summer Institute Students Meet with Brandeis Alumni
During a pre-lunch conversation in downtown Boston organized by Sharon Rosenberg (Alumni and University Relations), Brandeis undergraduates Hilla Shimsoni '10 and Jessica Kent '09 discussed their experiences in the 2007 Summer Institute in Turkey with Brandeis alumni.

Planning Future Projects
The Al-Quds and Brandeis teams are in the planning stages for the next phase of the partnership, covering January 2008 - December 2009. In early January, Brandeis project director Daniel Terris traveled to Al-Quds to meet with his counterpart Khuloud Khayyat Dajani and other Al-Quds faculty and administrators involved in partnership planning. Among the new projects being discussed are faculty exchanges and short-term research residencies; a major international conference; additional projects for the effective teaching workshop and exchange; a second undergraduate exchange seminar; and a number of administrative exchanges designed to look at registration, information technology, and library services.

"Starting the Conversation"
Read an article by Garrett Nada '10 (PDF) about last summer's undergraduate exchange.