16 February 2017
Developing Research Skills: Towards Sharing Expertise and Collaboration
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Office of the Dean of Research held the first meeting in the new series of Research Skills Development workshops. Professor Jamil Khader, Dean of Research, stated that these workshops aim at establishing a permanent core research group at Bethlehem University that meets regularly to discuss different issues related to the development of research at the university. These workshops will provide a platform for the research community at Bethlehem University to share their research projects, especially ongoing projects, and benefit from other participants' presentations and comments about the various topics that will be discussed in these workshops.
The meeting was attended by fifteen faculty members from different departments and programs. The participants shared their expectations about these workshops, and they all agreed that establishing such a platform is vital for developing opportunities for researchers to exchange and share research skills, expertise, and knowledge. They also noted the value of this platform to network and develop collaborative interdisciplinary research projects at Bethlehem University. Moreover, various participants emphasized the need for proactive engagement in these workshops and the need to cover the topics that were suggested in the program.
On his part, Dr. Khader expressed his gratitude to the participants for their valuable comments and suggestions, adding that he was hopeful that this platform would form the basis for affecting a qualitative and quantitative change in the research conducted at Bethlehem University through the production of transformative knowledge that can have wider ramifications on local Palestinian society and the global community. The next workshop will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 11:30 am, in M-203. Participants will present an overview of their research projects, focusing on introducing the research problem, the importance of the research project, and future action plans.