An-Najah National University, represented by Prof. Shehdeh Jodeh from the Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Science, participated in the 5th MEDRC Palestinian Water Research Alumni Forum, which was held on 14 February in Ramallah under the auspices of H.E. Eng. Mazen Ghuneim, Head of Palestinian Water Authority, and with the support of MEDRC of Middle East Desalination Research Center.

The event brought together partner universities in Palestine and some ministries, including the Higher Council for Innovation & Excellence, to discuss the latest research and developments in the field of water.

The 5th MEDRC Palestinian Water Research Alumni Forum provided a valuable platform for researchers, academics, and government officials to exchange ideas and knowledge on water-related issues in Palestine. The forum culminated with the announcement of several new research projects and initiatives, further demonstrating the ongoing commitment of the Palestinian Water Authority and its partners to addressing this critical issue.

The event featured presentations on various topics related to water research, including water diplomacy for water security, the prediction of water pipe breakage using data mining tools, the efficiency of irrigation systems in soilless conditions, and photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants from secondary reclaimed water with simulated solar light.

It is worth mentioning that MEDRC has provided over 331 scholarships to postgraduate students in water research, with An-Najah National University being the largest recipient of these grants. This support has contributed significantly to increasing the number of scientific research projects and inspiring students to pursue innovation in the water sector.

A group of An-Najah National University students who received MEDRC scholarships were also among the presenters at the event, showcasing their research and demonstrating the impact of MEDRC's support.

During the forum, Prof. Jodeh delivered a speech highlighting the significance of high-quality scientific research and the need for its integration into various areas of the water sector. He also talked about the importance of innovative ideas and projects that can be built upon in the future to address the challenges facing the Palestinian water sector.

An-Najah's participation in the forum reflects its commitment to promoting research and innovation in the field of water, as well as its strong partnerships with other academic and governmental institutions in Palestine.


The annual Water Research Alumni Forums provides a platform for researchers and academics, public and private water sector representatives, and industry experts to discuss and exchange knowledge on important local, regional, and global water challenges and solutions while highlighting some of the exceptional water research conducted by MEDRC Fellows and partner universities.

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