Academic Capacity Development Program/Departmental Partner Program

Higher education reform efforts are often impeded by a number of factors, including: a lack of funding, ineffective education policies, poor planning and management, reliance on traditional curricula that emphasize passive rather than active learning, and limited flexibility in career choices.

The goal of the Academic Capacity Development Program (ACDP) is to help breakdown these obstacles by focusing on both educational institutions and individual scholars and helping to build local, regional, and global academic networks.

ACDP is expanding its cooperation with university departments in the social sciences in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and is seeking departments interested in forming new partnerships with the program in the 2015–2016 academic year.

The program supports placement of Returning Scholars—junior faculty who are at the beginning of their academic careers and seek university positions in their home country after studying abroad—in partner departments. Academic Consultants—highly qualified scholars in the social sciences—will assist selected partner departments where Returning Scholars are placed in their reform processes.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, departments must be at universities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

An ideal partner department is part of a governmental or public university and is devoted to one of the following disciplines:

  • gender studies
  • human rights and public law 
  • international relations 
  • journalism and media studies 
  • political science 
  • public health 
  • public policy and public administration 
  • social anthropology
  • social psychology
  • social work 
  • sociology