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Dr Brendan Browne forges first MOU between TCD and a Palestinian academic institution

The Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin once again demonstrated its commitment to international education and collaborative work this week. On Wednesday 31st May 2017 it became the first School in Trinity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Al-Quds University Human Rights Clinic at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. The MOU is the first of its kind to be signed between Trinity and a Palestinian academic institution.

This exciting initiative has been led by Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne, Co-ordinator for the M.Phil in Conflict Resolution at the Irish School of Ecumenics campus in Belfast. This newly formalised agreement extends on the existing internship programme established by Dr Browne and his Al-Quds counterpart Dr Munir Nuseibah (Director of the Clinic). The MOU further signals TCD's long-term commitment to embedding global issues into its curricular provision.

This agreement fosters greater ties between the ISE Belfast and the work of humanitarian aid and human rights organisations in Palestine. In recent years students from the School of Ecumenics have had the opportunity to travel to Palestine and contribute to the human rights work of the Al-Quds clinic in Jerusalem. The MOU expands upon this work by highlighting a commitment to put in place a reciprocal arrangement for Palestinian students wishing to come to Ireland and embark on an internship with the ISE in Belfast.

The historic signing of the MOU took place in Jerusalem's Old City - at the Al-Quds University Community Action Centre, in the presence of the Representative of Ireland in Palestine, Mr Jonathan Conlon. Others present at the signing were; Ms Nada Awad (AQUHRC), Mr Declan Johnston (Deputy Representative of Ireland in Palestine), Mr Samuel Scanlon and Mr Hayden Pendergrass (TCD & AQUHRC interns, 2017). Dr. Mohammad Khalaf (Dean of Al-Quds Law School) was also invited but was unable to attend after having his permit to enter Jerusalem revoked by the Israeli authorities at the last minute. The signing was followed by a traditional Iftar, hosted by the Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine.

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