Who We Are?
Arab College of Applied Sciences is an independent academic institution operating under the supervision and accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. It was established in 1999 to provide technical and vocational education service to the Palestinian community under the name of Arab Community College. Then, in 2009, it was transformed into a university college that awards bachelor degree, intermediate diplomas and vocational diplomas in various majors and fields to become one of the lighthouses of higher education in Palestine. In order to achieve a vision of leadership and excellence, the college seeks to consolidate its relations at the international and regional levels by building bridges of academic and cultural cooperation between the college and other educational and academic institutions, as well as Arab and International organizations.
Origin and Evolution
The Arab College of Applied Sciences was established in 1999 to provide academic services to the Palestinian community in various fields. It is considered the first college in the city of Rafah, which is located in the far south of the Gaza Strip on the borders of Egypt. Rafah is considered to be one of the oldest Palestinian cities with an estimated area of 55 km², and its population reached about 380,000 people by 2019. Aiming at graduating scientifically and professionally qualified cadres who are able to work in various fields, the college allows high school graduates and workers in public and private civil society institutions to acquire technical and vocational skills to keep pace with the successive development witnessed by the world. These academic services provided by the college aims mainly at producing generations who are capable of engaging in the labor market and providing what is useful to their society.
Being the only academic institution in the south of the Gaza Strip that offered university education at that time, it decided to emphasize its importance, taking the initiative to open new specializations. Then, it managed by 2009 to change from a college that grants an intermediate diploma to a (university college) that grants a bachelor’s degree. Successfully, it attracted the best academic expertise from holders of doctorate and master’s degrees, and provided a qualified administrative cadre in various units and departments striving to provide the best services and supply the local market with elite graduates who occupied important positions in local and regional institutions in the public and private sectors. In addition, its graduates continued developing their academic path by obtaining a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
In the light of improving the quality of education outputs and enhancing its suitability according to the needs of the local and regional labor market, the college established the Arab Center for Business and Technology Innovation, Continuing Education and Local Community Service Center. In continuation with the development program in the college, as well as to complete the goals for which the college was mainly established, aiming to serve a wide segment of students and provide distinguished technical education; a new college branch was opened in the North Governorate of Gaza Strip in 2017, and extra efforts are exerted on developing all diploma and bachelor programs at the college in accordance with international standards and requirements that meet the needs of the local and regional community.
It occupies an area of 11 acres of property for the benefit of the college, in addition to an extra area of 20 acres that has been allocated for the benefit of the college in the area between Rafah and Khan Yunis governorates to preserve the goals for which the college was mainly established, which is to serve a large segment of students.
For this, the college provides many scientific laboratories, equipped with the best scientific equipment necessary for the scientific and practical study and for serving scientific education and research side by side with theoretical study. The college is also keen to keep its laboratories up-to-date on an ongoing basis, and is concerned with using technology in the educational process. The college also provides its students with free Internet service to enable them to contact libraries and research centers and obtain information from its various sources.