e-Academy to support Smart Cities Operations in Palestine (eSCO)


This Project aims to build capacity and enhance human skills of Palestinian academics, fresh graduates, and technicians to support the establishment and operations of smart cities in Palestine, and hence reduce unemployment. The Project will focus on three fields that are considered enablers for smart cities; IT Security, Telecoms and Computer Networks, and Smart Grid.

General Aims and Objectives


  • Support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of the higher education field in the eligible Partner Countries.
  • Support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management, and governance.


  • Improve the quality of higher education and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society.
  • Improve the level of competences and skills in HEIs by developing new and innovative education programmes.

How aims and objectives are addressed

eSCO will enable the adoption of e-learning by offering support and training for the deployment of virtual learning environment, help adapt the develop courses and tutorial for blended delivery and learning styles by sharing the EU partners' experiences . The e-Academy will be established to maintain good relationship between industry, maintain and promote the developed material to larger communities through online delivery. All material will be co-developed and reviewed by EU partners.

Specific Objectives

eSCO specific objectives are:

  • Developing & Delivering Academic courses to enhance knowledge & skills of university students
  • Developing & Delivering tutorials to fresh graduates, private & public sector employees in order to help bridge the gap between academia and industry
  • Delivering the courses and tutorials via e-learning to guarantee flexible & wider delivery
  • Increase cooperation between academia & industry.
  • To promote entrepreneurship and encourage students and trainees to be job creators.
  • Sustain lifelong learning by establishing an e-Academy which will also ensure academia-industry partnership.
Partner # Partner Name Acronym Country Team Members
1 Birzeit University BZU PS
  • Mohammad Jubran
  • Abdellatif Abu-Issa
  • Mohammad Abu-Khaizaran
  • Jaser Saed
  • Mohammad Hussein
2 University of Salford USAL GB
  • Haifa Takruri
  • Calum Thomson
3 Sapienza University of Rome UniRoma1 IT
  • Chiara Boccaletti
4 University of Málaga UMA ES
  • Jorge Munilla
  • Cristina Urdiales
5 Al-Quds University AQU PS
  • Isam Ishaq
  • Ghassan Al-deek
  • Raid Zaghal
  • Imad Alzeer
6 Islamic University of Gaza IUG PS
  • Ammar Abu-Hudrouss
  • Wesam Ashour
  • Mohamed Abdelati
7 Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology MTIT PS
  • Maysa Monayer
  • Yaser Waheidi
8 Ramallah Municipality RM PS
  • Safaa Aldwaik
  • Farah Kasbari
Main Project website: http://eacademy.ps.


Recent Submissions

Project reference number: 585781-EPP-1-2017-1-PS-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.