Interactive teaching exchange between Palestine and the Netherlands

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by Elger Vermeer

Last week, an exchange visit was organised in the context of the project “Capacity Development in Higher Legal Education”. The project invited 10 Palestinian law professors from the partner universities of An Najah, Hebron, Al Quds and Birzeit to discuss and exchange with the Dutch project partners on interactive teaching and modern blended learning techniques in legal education.

The 10 participants visited Utrecht University and VU University Amsterdam where their Dutch colleagues presented their approach towards teaching research skills, fostering active participation in lectures and small working group sessions and utilising roleplay and simulations in education. The Palestinian professors were able to participate in lecturers themselves and experience academic teaching in the field of law in the Netherlands.

The practical exposure to teaching methodologies in the Netherlands was complemented by a 2-day training of trainers course on facilitation and moderation techniques, the training cycle and learning theories – thereby complementing the practical teaching exposure with a theoretical context.

The exchange visit of last week will be followed on by future exchanges between Palestine in the Netherlands on interactive teaching, support to organising moot court competitions and discussions on how to integrate interactive teaching elements in existing curricula and courses.

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The Capacity Development in Higher Legal Education project is being implemented until 31 May 2019 by CILC in partnership with Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and MDF Training & Consultancy, and is designed to improve access to justice and rule of law in the Palestinian Territories by contributing to the development of the organisational and academic capabilities of the law faculties of An-Najah National University, Al-Quds University, Birzeit University and Hebron University, as well as of the Palestinian Judicial Institute.

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