What is QIF?
In 2005 The Palestinian National Authority through its Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) implemented a Tertiary Education Project with the support of the World Bank. With the participation of the European Union (EU) between 2005-2009. A major component of this Project was the establishment of The Quality Improvement Funds (QIF). QIF is being administered by PCU Unit, branched out of the MOEHE. PCU Unit includes small technical staff (QIF Team) that is accountable to a centralized Board Representative from Eleven appropriate stakeholders representing the academia and the private sector as well.
What does QIF do?
The Quality Improvement Funds’ (QIF) main objective is to provide support for improving the quality of Palestinian tertiary education in the aim of:
- developing market-driven programs in line with international standards
- promoting awareness and social responsibility among the business community
- developing income-generating programs
- enhancing teaching practices and methodologies
QIF in numbers
- Since 2005, 19 million dollars were awarded to 73 projects in West Bank & Gaza out of which 74% were in West Bank and 26% were in Gaza.
- 64% of the grants were awarded to universities, and 32% were awarded to colleges
- 12 Universities (85% of eligible universities for funding) and 20 Colleges (57% of eligible colleges for funding) were able to receive funds.
- QIF have paved the ground for partnership culture
- Among the Tertiary Education Institutes (TES) themselves.
- Between TEI and the Private Sector & Labor Market.
- Between TEI and the Industry and Labor Market.
- QIF has moved Palestinian TEIs closer to international standards in a short period of time.
- QIF has clearly contributed to a boost in educational quality across the participating TEIs in the West Bank and Gaza, creating a momentum to continue the path of quality improvement targeting methodology as well as research.
QIF Challenges and Expectations
Though significant quality improvements are acknowledged through the QIF intervention, Palestinian TEIs still fall short in competing with the international academic standards. Private sector and the Palestinian Labor market still lack the capacity of the absorbing the interns for on job these short falls need support
The theme of the last two cycles of QIF which were initiated in 2012 under the frame of Education to Work Transition Project “E2WTP” is encouraging TEIs to foster partnership with private sector employers to collaborate in designing curricula, updating teaching practices, and providing practical training to students. This approach is expected to help producing more employable graduates who can find and keep gainful employment.