The mission of Rawabi’s Tech Hub is to create an integrated economic cluster for fast-growing tech segments such as financial technologies, cybersecurity, augmented, and virtual reality. Within the cluster, start-ups leverage a shared R&D infrastructure, access to credit, investment capital, and training as well as expanded access to local and international ICT markets. The Tech Hub is built on a foundation designed to provide:
The Foundation partners with Massar International on the Massarak program, a pioneering work-study initiative offering internships to local and international university students. The program allows students to apply theoretical knowledge in a hands-on working environment while learning valuable skills to advance future employment opportunities. Interns receive monthly stipends and are placed according to their field of study. The program places a strong emphasis on equal gender opportunities.
1. Massarak Local:
Designed to serve Palestinian university students and recent graduates. These young employees bring energy and vitality to the workplace and in return are able to explore their chosen field under the guidance of seasoned professionals. Participating students also undertake specialized training courses to augment their learning experience. Since its inception, more than 550 students and graduates have participated in the program, 60% of whom are female. 70% of participants are subsequently hired for permanent positions at companies within the Massar group.
2. Massarak International:
Places students pursuing advanced degrees from leading international universities within a Massar group company or affiliate for three months. The program is an opportunity for these companies to benefit from the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various fields. Students enjoy the opportunity to work in a challenging, one-of-a-kind business environment while learning about the culture and history of Palestine and its people.
Since 2013, more than 120 graduate students have participated in this program, hailing from the world’s top-ranked universities, including Harvard Business School, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; Tufts University; Yale University; Georgetown University; Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business; Cornell University; the University of Oxford; the University of Cambridge; King’s College London; and the London School of Economics. Massarak International provides international interns with comfortable accommodations, a monthly stipend, and reimburses travel costs to and from Palestine.
3. Massarak Tech
Designed for ICT-related university students to support innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and teamwork.
4. University Relationships and Case Study Development:
Fostering strong, multi-faceted academic relationships with a number of the world’s leading colleges and universities. We have received delegations of university presidents, deans, faculty members, administrators, and students. A Harvard Business School case study is currently taught at HBS and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Tuck students also worked with Rawabi sales teams to develop a comprehensive pricing strategy for residential units sold at Rawabi as well as on the e-Commerce model for the Q Center commercial hub. A third case study is under development focusing on the retail fashion industry in the city.
In 2016, five Tuck professors led the first mini-MBA program in Palestine, taught at Rawabi. Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy conducted field research to create a value proposition positioning Rawabi as a regional ICT hub and to increase the city’s exposure to international ICT companies for potential partnership opportunities. Wake Forest University constructed a graduate-level case study for its school of communications exploring the concept of a master narrative for the city of Rawabi. The study will be published in the forthcoming Handbook of Applied Communication Research. Wake Forest University has another case study under development examining the mission and vision of Rawabi.