The EAST project is a joint collaboration project between the University of Glasgow English for Academic Study and the Islamic University of Gaza.
University of Glasgow is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world. Ranked 55th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings, it prides itself on being a broad-based and research intensive institution with a global reach. It has a clear mission which entails undertaking world-leading research and providing an intellectually stimulating learning environment in order to deliver benefits to culture, society and economy. The values cherished by the University include integrity, credibility, openness and success. University of Glasgow employs over 6,000 staff and has over 25,000 students from more than 120 countries. The University welcomes collaboration with other educational and business institutions in form of projects and partnerships in order to deliver innovative research-based outcomes. With the recent revision of the e-learning strategy the University believes learning technologies can actively contribute to positive changes in learning, teaching and research environments.
Established in 1985, English for Academic Study (formerly the English as a Foreign Language Unit) has a long track record of designing and delivering courses that support the learning and teaching of English within the University of Glasgow. The Unit has extensive experience of collaboration with partners within the University to design courses specifically tailored for the needs of students in a wide range of disciplines, including the Fine Arts, Management, Accounting & Finance, Engineering, Medicine, and Urban Studies. It has considerable expertise in English language pedagogy and delivers postgraduate modules for the University’s MEd and MSc TESOL programme. Collaborations with partners outside of the University have produced a range of commercial English language courses designed to enhance the professional development of, among others, managers, school teachers, lecturers and Chevening scholars. Course design has been recognised as an area of particular strength by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, the sector’s main accrediting body. The extent and quality of our in-house learning materials were deemed to ‘represent best practice’ in our latest accreditation visit (July 2012).
The Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) is the oldest university in Gaza, founded in 1978. IUG has about600 academic staff members serving approximately 20,000 students majoring in 11 faculties: Medicine, Engineering, IT, Nursing, Science, Health Sciences, Commerce, Education, Arts, Shari’a and Law and Islamic studies. IUG works closely with numerous universities around the world. Currently it participates in 20 EU funded projects and in full partnerships with 157universities & research centers located in 32 countries, almost half of them are EU countries. As a community-oriented institution, IUG aspires to be a beacon of a comprehensive socio-economic and scientific revival in a learning environment promoting universal values of excellence, integrity and morality. Some of IUG strategic goals are to use up-to-date learning technology in teaching and training, and to reinforce partnership with local, regional and international institutions.