The Awards, which have been described as the ‘Oscars of UK Higher Education’, recognise the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions in the higher education sector.
Funded by the World Bank and working in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education and six universities in Palestine, the Teacher Education Improvement Project aims to enhance the quality of both pre-service and in-service teacher training throughout the sector. This involves a wide-ranging programme of curriculum renewal, enhancement of academic staff capacity, mentor development and upgrading teaching competences of practising teachers.
The successful project has been running since 2011, and in 2015 it received further funding from the World Bank to allow for its expansion onto a national scale.
At a recent national education conference in Palestine, representatives of the World Bank held the project up as a beacon for teacher education reform in the region, with one representative commenting that it was the most successful project he has been involved in during his 29 years of working in 15 countries.
The judges of the Award praised the fact that the programme has been “recognised by the World Bank for excellence and for its potential to be replicated in other regions where teacher training is an essential component of strengthening higher education systems.”
Tony Mahon, Project Director and Faculty Director for International Development, said: “To win the THE Award for International Impact is more than I could ever have hoped for this project. Working in Palestine has been an amazing journey. It is tremendous recognition that our team, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and partner universities in Palestine and with the support of the World Bank, has made such a significant contribution to reforming the entire teacher education system in Palestine that will have an impact for years to come. I am both humbled and proud of the achievement and recognition.”
Find out more about the project on the World Bank website.