After years of working together, the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) and the Palestinian Polytechnic University (PPU) signed a partnership agreement for cooperation. This agreement aims to serve the public interest of the Old City. Both HRC and PPU have been committed to cultural heritage preservation. HRC focuses on cultural, social and economic development and aims to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the Old City through rehabilitation by renovating and utilizing the Old City's buildings. PPU, on the other hand, is a specialized academic institution that seeks to provide services to all sectors of society. It plays an important role in preserving cultural and historical heritage by arming a new generation of graduates with the knowledge of their ancestral heritage and creating disciplines that support development projects in the Old City.
According to Emad Hamdan, The General Director of the HRC, this agreement will include cooperation in various areas within the framework of HRC, including preparation of planning and design studies for restoration projects, conducting research to develop the Old City in all aspects, and finally creating a database for restoration and conservation projects for documentation purposes.
Hamdan also states that another goal of this agreement is to strengthen the students' connection to their historical city and build their capacity to preserve it through the introduction of graduation projects about the Old City and attending field study days and workshops in the Old City. The agreement is not limited to the technical and engineering aspects; it also includes cooperation in the field of information technology to develop advanced technological projects that serve the services and tourism sectors.
Dr. Imad Al-Khatib, President of PPU, praised the work of HRC to protect and develop the Old City, especially in the fields of rehabilitation, housing, infrastructure and provision of health and social services. He also expressed profound admiration of HRC’s attention to historical, religious and touristic places. Al-Khatib added that PPU is proud of this partnership and honored to take part in restoring life to the Old City of Hebron and protecting it from Judaization.
Dr. Mohammad Ghazi Al Qawasmi, Vice President of PPU, praised the role played by HRC in preserving and reviving the cultural heritage of the Old City. The latter added that the university is fully prepared to provide any services or initiatives that benefit the national and local institutions, especially HRC for their distinguished efforts in the protection of the Old City. Dr. Al Qawasmi also expressed his happiness with the partnership between the two institutions, and wished HRC an everlasting success.
The technical director of HRC, Engineer Ghassan Idris, stressed the need to develop capacity building for students by designing courses and organizing specialized meetings on the work of restoration, and integrating them in the field work through cultural activities, lectures and competitions.
Additionally, Engineer Noha Dandis said that one of the most prominent forms of cooperation between the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee and the Polytechnic University of Palestine was the preparation of the comprehensive plan to preserve and revive the old town, which included providing jobs for thirty engineers in the field of documentation building and information collection for the database. “The International Conference on the Development of Historical City Centers and Promotion of Their Economic Conditions” is considered one of the important scientific and cultural activities carried out with the active participation of both parties.