Presid’s Assist. For PR. Int’l Relations and Media
(AL ISTIQLAL UNIVERSITY ON THE MAP)
This academic year; 2014-2015, AL ISTIQLAL University in an effort to bring up the efficiency of its Public Relations and Marketing Schemes, regrouped and restructured its once three independent departments; The International Relations Department, the Public Relations Department, and the Media Department, to become one unit coordinated by one office the “OPRM”.
The office of the President’s Assistant for Nat’l and Intr’l Relations, P R and Media (OPRM). This office plays a major role in keeping Al-Istiqlal University; Administration, Faculty members and Students in touch with their counterparts’ activities, Nationally and Internationally. This Office initiates, plans, coordinates and manages bilateral relations with academic institutions, N G O s, international agencies and the economically motivated private sector. It also focuses on the enrichment of the university’s campus life by holding specialized conferences, workshops and seminars.
The three departments, or “OPRM” coordinate their work to let the university “ KNOW AND BE KNOWN” nationally and internationally. “OPRMs” task is to initiate and coordinate between Alistiqlal university and the local community activities. Such tasks need a clear vision and a strategic mission; “To help the university merge successfully in the speedily changing international educational arena, and also to stay on top of new changes in the fields of knowledge”. To fulfill the university's mission, OPRM bears the responsibility of marketing the university to the Intr'l and Nat'l communities, specially the academic communities. The clear vision is to keep the university aims and goals within reach. OPRM strives to put Al Istiqlal University on the Intr’l Academic Map by bringing and hosting scholars from different parts of the world of different fields of interest together in an academically productive setting. We reach out for Academic Institutions that share similar values and try to establish channels of joint collaboration in common fields of interest. OPRM arranges for, and publicizes the activities of the university’s guests from the Diplomatic missions, Academic Institutions, NGOs ..etc. OPRM also reaches out for Intr’l Students and help plan regionally “Winter Courses” to familiarize the participants with the on-going activities in Palestine. We have a dual mission; To select and bring the desired segment of the world to Al Istiqlal University at the same time to expose Al Istiqlal University to the World, therefore, we focus on:
1-Publicizing the University’s activities.
2- Building relationships with other universities to promote and exchange scholarships and ideas.
3- Promoting the interests and values of the University by working with governments and the private sector in fields of interest.
4- Establishing mutual relations with donors and financial partners.
5- Reaching out for businesses, local communities, public bodies and voluntary organizations to build, maintain and manage the set standards of the university.
6- Exposing our students to the world, at the same time bringing the world to the lives, and before the eyes of our students in a realistic way.
7- Twinship agreements with reputable universities is one of our ways to join and be active players in the Int’l academic arena.
8- Planning and executing an annual “Winter Course”; by bringing students from different parts of the world to have first hand experience; “to live the Palestinian life”.
9- Beautifying and Marketing the University activities nationally and internationally.
10- Inviting scholars and experienced speakers in all walks of life to educate the university community in all fields of knowledge.
We call upon National and International Academic communities, wither students or faculty members, diplomats, business men, N G O s, local governments and public and private sectors who share our humanitarian mission to join us and support Al Istiqlal University to remain the Palestinian Pioneering Public University.