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Celebrating the Graduation of the 2014-2015 Engineering Fellows

 

Global Communities celebrated the graduation of the 2014-2015 round of engineering fellows. The fellows completed eight months of technical, non-technical, and site training benefitting from the experience of Global Communities professionals. Several of the fellows have already secured employment either in Palestine or regionally.

From among over 700 applicants, 51 young engineers specializing in various fields were selected to participate in the program this year. In addition to the training they received, the engineers participated in field visits to various national entities to learn more about high quality products available locally, Palestinian green initiatives, and other topics relevant to their profession. Global Communities implements the program in partnership with the Engineering Association – Jerusalem Center (EAJC).

During the ceremony, Dr. Tawfeeq Al-Budeiri, Assistant Deputy Minister for Planning Affairs in the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), praised the program and highlighted the importance of the partnership with Global Communities, supported by USAID funding, in producing engineers with the highest level of experience and professionalism. Dr. Al-Budeiri noted that from among dozens of candidates for a new engineering position at MoLG, the top candidate was an individual who had graduated from the program in recent years.

Global Communities Country Director Lana Abu Hijleh and EAJC Chairman Majdi Al-Saleh also addressed the guests at the ceremony, thanking USAID for their important contribution and highlighting key accomplishments of the engineering fellows program. Guests at the ceremony included academics from An-Najah University and Bir Zeit University, EAJC board members, and representatives from local contractors, consultants, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The graduates praised the program, citing its unique and thorough approach to capacity building and professional development. In addition to the training and site visits, the fellows benefited from the opportunity to work alongside engineers from varying specialties which further enhanced the experience.

This year’s round was Global Communities’ fourth and final round of fellows under LGI, and the seventh round so far. The program first began under the USAID-funded Emergency Jobs Program.