An important contribution of activities at Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Palestinian-German Science Bridge to German-Palestinian relations is found in the Joint Statement of the 5th German-Palestinian Steering Committee, published on 19.05.2020.
19.05.2020 - Press release
Following up on previous meetings of the Committee as well as numerous bilateral encounters, such as the visit by President Abbas to Berlin in August 2019 and his exchange with Chancellor Merkel, the German-Palestinian Steering Committee met virtually on 19 May 2020 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh and Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Under item III-German-Palestinian political dialogue and cooperation, they mentioned:
”Since 2016, the “Palestinian-German Science Bridge (PGSB)”, a pilot project for the development of an integrated research and doctoral programme, serves to develop a joint, integrated research and doctoral programme between Forschungszentrum Jülich and its network of partner universities on the one hand and Palestinian universities on the other. Highly qualified graduates from Palestinian universities are able to participate in the research activities of the Research Centre within the framework of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral theses, and thus receive a competitive academic education to be able to contribute to the Palestinian development of sustainable research cooperation and structures. Recently, the PGSB published a call for “Research Clusters” to raise cooperation projects from the bilateral level to a multi-institutional-strategic group level in order to ensure the sustainability of the cooperation projects and to develop ideas for future cooperation. Due to its success so far, in March 2020, the PGSB pilot project was extended until mid-2024 and received additional funding of 3.2 million euro. Between 2016 and 2024, the PGSB is supposed to receive total funding of around 5.8 million euro”