Swiss Lecturer Uli Schwarzmann Lectures about Social Work in
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 A lecture was organized at the
Conferences Room, Old Campus Library, for the Swiss Lecturer
Uli Schwarzmann in which he spoke about the conditions of
social work in Europe and the challenges that workers in
this field encounter particularly in Switzerland. The
lecture aimed to offer a global vision with respects to the
challenges that modern societies face and how to deal with
The event was administered by Dr. Sami Al-Kilani, Dean of
the Faculty of Educational Sciences, and was organized in
cooperation with the International Youth Exchange Program
(Zajel) and the Office of the University President Assistant
for Graduate Affairs.
In his lecture, Mr. Schwarzmann spoke about the difficulties
that social work in Europe encounters. Europe contains a
whole diversity of countries with diverse cultures,
languages and political regimes, a fact that imposes various
challenges on those who work in the field of social work.
Among the problems that exist in the European society is the
weakness in the extended family, the decrease in population,
the difficulties that youth face while trying to join the
work field, the migration from the different countries to
Europe in light of the current economical crises, the health
insurance system in Europe and its role in treating the
social crises, the health problems and the support offered
in this regard, and the role of civil work organizations in
light of the changing circumstances.
Mr. Schwarzmann connected these issues with the Palestinian
reality and a discussion was raised in this field.
Schwarzmann is a retired Swiss lecturer who worked as a
director at the Health and Environment Department in Zurich,
Switzerland. He Holds a Master degree in social work from
Columbia University in New York, and the General
Administration certificate from the University of Lausanne
in Switzerland. He also worked as Dean of the Faculty of
Social Work and as an instructor at the different
universities in Switzerland.