Philip McKinley, DCU Chaplain based at the Inter Faith Centre in Glasnevin, took part in a special ceremony to mark the completion of a special Erasmus+ project called i-Care, which featured 10 visiting academics from Gaza.
The project which was hosted by DCU's School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering took place from July 1st to 12th. During their stay in Dublin, the academics were regular visitors to the Inter Faith Centre.
i-CARE (Increasing the Conformance of Academia towards Rehabilitation Engineering) is a European Commission-funded Erasmus+ project, the goal of which is to develop the Rehabilitation Engineering & Education knowledge, skills, and abilities of academic staff in a number of Palestinian universities and institutions that are partnered with EU organisations.
The project was coordinated by Dr. Ahmed Issa, an alumnus of Dublin City University and now Head of Engineering in Al-Azhar University in Gaza.
The i-CARE Project is funded under the European Commission - Erasmus+ programme for three years (2017-2020). The project team is formed from a collaborative partnership among six universities and two associations, four from Palestine and four from Europe, who believe strongly in the power of education and innovation to transform lives.
The four Palestinian consortium members are AL Azhar University – Gaza, which is the leader of the project, the Islamic University of Gaza, University College of Applied Sciences, and El Wafa Medical of Rehabilitation Hospital. This consortium works closely with European collaborators which are Dublin City University in Ireland, University Rehabilitation Institute - Republic of Slovenia in Slovenia, "Angel Kanchev" University of Ruse in Bulgaria and Bulgarian Association for Transfer of Technology and Innovation- BATTI in Bulgaria.