Abu-Ghazaleh Confirms the Importance of Public-Private Partnership to Advance Level of Education in the Arab World


In cooperation with the American University - Graduate Studies

RAMALLAH – Mr. Jamal Melhem, a member of the Board and representative of the International Arab Society of Certified Accountants (IASCA) in Palestine and President of the Palestinian Association of Certified Public Accountants (PACPA), representing Chairperson of IASCA, Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, founder and chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global), held a meeting with Dean of Graduate Studies at the Arab American University - Ramallah Branch, Dr. Shahinaz Al-Najjar and Dr. Firas Mirar, to discuss the aspects of cooperation, in the presence of the representative of the PACPA, Executive Director, Mr. Bilal Al-Faris.

During the meeting, means of cooperation in several areas between the three parties (IASCA, the American University, and the Palestinian Association of Certified Public Accountants) were discussed. The attendees tackled the professional qualifications, training of accounting and finance graduates and relevant disciplines, providing the Palestinian market with trained competencies, and introducing professional qualifications and publications of professional books and dictionaries issued by the IASCA.

Melhem indicated that Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh welcomes this partnership, as a model to be followed in the joint work between the educational and the private sectors, as this cooperation will reflect on the various productive institutions that contribute to the development of the accounting profession in Palestine.

According to Melhem, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh expressed IASCA’s readiness to jointly hold workshops and research seminars for American University students to enhance their capabilities in handling the international standards and to raise their awareness about the importance of implementing them. Moreover, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh  added that these partnerships help bridge the gap between the educational sector, represented by universities, and the business sectors, in light of the great role played by the private sector to support research projects.

IASCA will seek to employ its technical capabilities and extensive experience to qualify the Palestinian competencies and energies to serve the various levels of the development process in Palestine. 

It is worth mentioning that IASCA was established on January 12, 1984, in London, UK, as a non-profit, professional, accounting body. IASCA was officially registered in Amman on February 24, 1994. It aims to advance accounting, auditing, and other related disciplines at the international level, in addition to preserving the professional independence and protection of accountants and applying the standards of professional supervision over them as a means to advance the professions of accounting and auditing.