A SCOTTISH university has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arab American University Palestine (AAUP).

The University of Glasgow has signed a MoU with the AAUP to promote medical collaborations between the two universities.

The agreement includes hosting students from AAUP in Glasgow so they can gain experience in clinical practice in the UK.

The AAUP, which is in the city of Jenin in the Palestinian West Bank, and is in the process of establishing ties with multiple UK universities to help develop scientific and medical collaboration.

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Deputy vice chancellor of Glasgow University, Rachel Sandison, says the collaboration will provide meaningful opportunities for both students and colleagues to learn.

She said: “We are very pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab American University Palestine.

“This will create important opportunities for delivering specialist academic teaching and training as well as student exchange between the two institutions.

“As an international university, Glasgow has a diverse network of global partnerships, which provide meaningful opportunities for our students, colleagues and partners to enrich their learning, teaching and research.”

Professor Matthew Walters, head of the school of medicine, dentistry and nursing at the University of Glasgow, says he looks forward to welcoming students from Palestine to Glasgow this summer.

He said: “The University of Glasgow's Medical School is proud to be working in partnership with the Arab American University Palestine to enrich the educational experiences of students in Glasgow and Jenin.

“In the first phase of this collaboration we will be welcoming a group of students to Glasgow for a medical summer school which will provide the experience of UK medical education and clinical practice.

“We look forward to hosting them, and to further developing our partnership in the future.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is required when an application for funds includes an explicit non-financial collaboration with partnering organisations.

The MoU provides documentation which demonstrates that both organisations have consulted and coordinated the responsibilities of their grants.

Professor Mohammad Asia, vice president of AAUP, said: “It is with great honor that I sign this agreement with one of the most prestigious universities in the world.”

Dr Bara Asfour, vice president for financial and administrative affairs at AAUP, expressed his gratitude by saying: “Thank you for solidifying this agreement between our universities, we are looking forward to working together for the benefit of our institutions.”

As Dr Malik Zaben, dean of AAUP Medical School, added: “We are excited about the opportunities this agreement brings for faculty and student exchange, research collaboration and other many other areas of mutual interest.”