KOICA's contribution of approximately $168,000 was presented by the Representative of the Republic of Korea to Palestine, Mr. Pak Woongchul; Country Director of KOICA in Palestine, Mr. Young Woo Kim; the Acting President of An-Najah University, Dr. Maher Al Natsheh; and UNOPS.
This follow-up project included the procurement of desktops, laptops, LED projectors, surveying instruments, wall-mounted screens, air conditioning units, computer equipment and monitors. The equipment was purchased by KOICA and procured by UNOPS in an effort to help the Institute to continue providing IT services to both university students and the local community.
Mr. Pak highlighted the strong relationship between the Republic of Korea and the Palestinian people, noting that Korea is keen to provide support to the Palestinian people in the field of technology.
Dr. Al Natsheh further acknowledged the active role played by the Institute in serving the local community; 30 percent of those enrolled in courses at the Institute are not members of An-Najah University, illustrating social responsibility and support to the local community.
KOICA and UNOPS signed an agreement in early 2015 to develop sustainable education and health services in Palestine. The agreement focuses on improving the health and education sectors in four governorates in Palestine: Nablus, Jenin, Hebron and Ramallah.
KOICA is currently supporting four projects and one programme in Palestine, including the Jenin Youth Center, a biotechnology centre, Palestinian National Rehabilitation Centre in Beituna, a National School of Administration and the Palestine Start Up Support Programme. UNOPS assists in the procurement of goods, works and services, on behalf of KOICA, for the follow-up projects only.