Palestine has joined a Unesco treaty that establishes principles for assessing academic credentials, the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research recently announced.
The convention, adopted by Unesco in 2019, aims to alleviate the obstacles facing students, teachers, researchers and job seekers in getting their prior learning experience recognized outside their countries of origin.
The agreement also seeks to facilitate academic mobility, improve the quality of higher education institutions, and enhance international cooperation in higher education, according to Unesco’s guidelines for implementing the convention.
In a statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education said Palestinian delegates had participated in the discussions and drafting of the provisions of the convention at Unesco headquarters in Paris.
Palestine’s ratification of the convention will benefit Palestinian higher education in several ways, the ministry said. The agreement strengthens international cooperation in higher education and research and improves the quality and outputs of this sector, it said.
The agreement will also facilitate the exchange of students, professors and researchers between Palestine and other countries, the ministry said.