UNOPS and KOICA deliver surveying instruments to An-Najah University in Nablus

UNOPS and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have delivered surveying instruments to the Korean-Palestinian Institute of Excellence in An Najah University in Nablus.

The instruments were purchased by KOICA and will allow surveying students to gain valuable skills, and as such support the development of education in Palestine.

The Director of the Korean-Palestinian Institute of Excellence, engineer Khalid Barham, explained: "This surveying equipment is very important to the Institute. Since we offer training courses in surveying, which are practical, vocational courses, having such equipment is essential to our students' education." He added: "These instruments are used to determine the three-dimensional position of points, and the distances and angles between them. They will be used in the Land Surveying Course, which was launched several years ago. Until now, however, the enrolled students have had to borrow such instruments from the engineering faculty."

Mr. Barham emphasized that these training courses "Provide employment opportunities for young people that don't have a university degree, and strengthen relations with the local community, since most of the course participants are from the local area."

The availability of the surveying equipment will improve the quality of the courses on offer at the institute and help to develop vocational training for surveyors in Palestine.

UNOPS and KOICA signed an agreement in early 2015, to partner in developing sustainable education and health services in Palestine. The agreement focuses on improving the capacity of the health and education sectors in four governorates in Palestine: Nablus, Jenin, Hebron and Ramallah.

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