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Actively engaged in the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the EU also works hand-in-hand with the Palestinian Authority to build up a democratic, independent and viable Palestinian state. This ambition sometimes takes the shape of FP7-funded projects in ...
Palestine gets one step closer to integration in the ERA
Actively engaged in the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the EU also works hand-in-hand with the Palestinian Authority to build up a democratic, independent and viable Palestinian state. This ambition sometimes takes the shape of FP7-funded projects in sectors as varied as agriculture, energy and water management.

But what is even more important to the EU is to help build Palestine's own research capabilities in these fields. The PERA project aimed to do just that, with a focus on the Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie (PTUK). The objective was to turn the Palestinian institution into an international centre of excellence, to reinforce its cooperation and research capacities in the water and energy sectors, and to facilitate its participation in relevant European initiatives through an inclusion in the European Research Area.

The three-year project came to an end on 22 September with a final conference in Tulkram, Palestine. The conference welcomed all water and energy stakeholders involved in PERA, and it was a great opportunity to look back at the project's achievements.

"PERA has achieved all its objectives and more, in terms of improving the capabilities of the Palestine Technical University to carry out sustainable research in water and renewable energy sectors," said Dr. Samer Najjar, the Coordinator of the project.

In fact, the expectations in terms of research outcomes were exceeded to the point where the conference had to revolve around four sessions - instead of the two planned originally. 'PERA formulated a business plan. It also enhanced capacities in research fund raising, technical knowledge, and resulted in a stronger potential for integration in the European Research Area,' Dr. Najjar said.

Palestine's inclusion in the ERA is expected to reinforce the country's scientific development and to strengthen its capacity to meet present and future water and energy challenges. Project partners are already considering follow up initiatives such as training and coaching for Horizon 2020 activities, improvement of regulatory aspects and increased synergies with European partners.

PERA was backed by FP7 funding and gathered four different academic institutions and businesses (Politecnico di Torino, Europe for Business, Palestine Technical University and Fundació CTM Centre Technologic).
Source: PTUK

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Record Number: 36127 / Last updated on: 2013-10-03
Category: Project
Provider: EC