G20 Flagship projects

Increased job opportunities for Palestinian youth

Title of the Project:

Increased job opportunities for Palestinian youth



Geographical presence:

East Jerusalem and Westbank

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2015 - 2019

Project website:


Geographical impact of project:


Funds available for the project:

6,75 Mio €

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, dual study courses are being introduced in the region for the first time, linking institutions of higher education and commercial enterprises as places of learning. This means that young people undertake training with a local business while simultaneously obtaining a qualification in higher education. At Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, a faculty is being established for dual study programmes which will initially cover three disciplines: electrical engineering, business administration and information technology. Both the theoretical and practical phases are being developed and implemented in collaboration with companies on the basis of needs and skills. The programme relies on close cooperation between Al-Quds University and the Palestinian private sector. The dual curricula for the courses in electrical engineering and information technology have been developed from scratch with support from international experts and in cooperation with the commercial enterprises. 25 Palestinian partner companies from the local business sector on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem have so far committed themselves to taking part in the launch of the new dual study courses. For the first academic year, 2015, a total of 44 company placements have been made available to students. 132 students are currently enrolled in the Dual Studies Programme, and 55 of them are women (41%).

Area of focus of the project:

  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)
  • increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the ICT sector


Until 2020, 300 students are estimated to complete the dual study programme, one quarter of them are supposed to be be women.