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Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology in Gaza University (GU) conducted a training program in Spain in collaboration with Voxel School and other institutes as part of “Enhancing the Quality of Multimedia Program to Get Engaged in Game Industry - EMPEG” project.

The GU conducted the training program with participation from the project partners, from the private sector, ALTARIQ Systems & Projects, Palestine Information and Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI), and from the academic sector, Palestine Technical Collage (PTC). The program aims to exchange experiences and best practices in the field of computer games curricula development.

EMPEG Project manager Dr. Kholoud Elbatsh mentioned that the three days training program in Voxel school, an educational institution specialized in postgraduate programs in Digital Arts and Interactive Entertainment, covered an introduction on the evolution of the computer games industry and the proper way to teach the computer games courses to the students in each level throughout their bachelor degree studies, the specialized trainers also signed out the most important and widespread games nowadays. Dr. Elbatsh expressed her gratitude to Mr. Mohammed Baqer Khawam for his efforts in the coordination and success of the training.  Mr. Khawam also accompanied the team in an extended tour in Graphics Design, Drawing, 3D modelling, and 3D Printing for Model Making labs.

In addition to that, the team met the Academic manager Mr. Ignacio Martinez de Salazar and the School general director Jose Cuesta Martinez in which Dr. Elbatsh thanked them and presented gifts and certificates of appreciation from Gaza University.    

In their study tour, the group also visited many business accelerators and incubators. On the first day, they visited Google Startup Campus in which the General Director Mrs. Camilia Polensvaig talked about the services they offer for the Entrepreneurs and startup Projects and one of the entrepreneurs talked about his experience in the computer games industry and its main lessons learned.

On the second day, they visited The Digital Business School  (ISDI) and  IMPACT Accelerator in which they were hosted by the  accelerator director Mrs. Emily Carrol and the finance director Mr. Celso Baragano, to know more information about the new model of degrees that combine the business world and Information Technology and how their accelerator now works on the international level to support the Entrepreneurship Projects remotely in a new concept of acceleration.

Dr. Elbatsh added that the delegation met Prof. Pedro Antonio Gonzales Calero the director of The Complutense University of Madrid`s master program on videogame development in collaboration with Voxel School. The meeting was very useful and productive and many computer games related topics were discussed. At the end, the team made a tour inside the computer museum and video games museum and the two parties agreed to strengthen the collaboration between Gaza University and The Complutense University of Madrid to open up new prospects to benefit from their experience.

On their agenda, the study tour members visited the University of Valencia which is considered one of the great universities in Spain that has significant majors in Multimedia. A staff from the Multimedia engineering department in the technical Engineering faculty represented by Paula Marzal, the General Director of the faculty and Inmaculada Coma, the Sub-director and other academics met the group in which Paula Marzal talked about the most important subjects that are taught in the multimedia engineering degree and she accompanied the group in a tour to the advanced labs in the faculty: Human motion tracking labs, virtual reality and augmented Reality labs. Dr. Elbatsh thanked the faculty administrators and academics for the valuable time they offered, Paula Marzal, in return, looked forward to future collaboration and exchange of experiences that serve the academics and students.

Dr. Elbatsh concluded that these overseas visits and training missions are very significant because it enables the academic staff in faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology to closely recognize the experiences and facilities in the European institutes and invest these ideas and experiences in developing the faculty and its majors and curricula.

It is worth mention that the EMPEG project is funded by the World Bank through the Quality Improvement Fund through the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.