Archives: Testimonials

Dr Razan Abukhaizaran, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

For many years, my dream was to pass MRCOG exams (international exam in obstetric and gynecology specialty) hoping this will be an added value to the medical practice in Palestine. Unluckily, this was hard to achieve as my part two exam, which usually held abroad, was postponed twice in one year because of COVID pandemic. […]

Mr. Ibrahim Nuaimi, Test Center Proctor

“We had to do a lot of prep work to get the center ready. We, as proctors, are required to be knowledgeable about the systems and software involved and we are constantly updating our knowledge. Pearson is a very professional company, which is why we’re committed to it and to hold up our end of […]

Dr. Fadi Kattan, Facilitator of the Test Center, Dean of Business Administration

“This is a mark of distinction and helps to bring more attention to Bethlehem University and what it is capable of. Being awarded this privilege allows us to serve the Palestinian people’s professional needs and reaffirms the fact that we are a university that quickly responds to the needs of our people.”

Elsa Hazboun, Assistant to Vice Chancellor – BU

In 1977, I enrolled at the Teachers College at Bethlehem University as a transfer student from Bir Zeit College. Br. Joe was then the president of the University and he used to teach some courses for the English major. I took two courses with him: Linguistics and Communication. He was one of the best teachers, […]

Antoine D. Nesnas, a friend

My wife Eileen and I feel so sad for the departure of Brother Joe. Eileen was his secretary at the Pontifical Mission in Jerusalem for about 9 years prior to his becoming the Vice Chancellor of the Bethlehem University. We both extend our sincere condolences to the Christian Brothers of de La Salle Community as […]

Michael Byrne. Lieutenant

The English Knights and Dames of the EOHSJ pray for the repose of the soul of this holy man who radiated joy and confidence in the future of the young in a world of eternal turbulence.  May God grant him the eternal rest he richly deserves and send us more like him.

Fr. Peter Du Brul, Religious Studies – BU

Brother Joe hired me as a part-time teacher in 1975, to set up the Cultural Studies Program, which continued for 25 years. His forceful and upbeat character shaped and even created, together with Dr. Anton Sansour, the spirit of the University for many years.  The Village Health Worker Program developed into the Faculty of Nursing.  […]

Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor

Brother Joe would want to be remembered here at Bethlehem University as a brother. A brother to the people with whom he worked and as an older brother to the young people who were entrusted to the University, especially those who were struggling or were faced with disabilities. It was in seeking to walk in […]

George N. Rishmawi, Communications Officer – BU

Brother Joe is an unforgettable person.  His soul and heart were here at Bethlehem University.  He once told me “Bethlehem University needs to invest in humans more than in buildings because the humans make the buildings”. Rest in peace Br. Joe

Br. Peter Iorlano, FSC, VP For Human Resources – BU

I first met Brother Joe when I came to serve at Bethlehem University in 2004.  Initially, Brother Joe was uncertain about my role as Coordinator of Institutional Values; as was typical he would describe it as “interesting.”  However, Brother Joe helped me in several ways.  First, he was very supportive and encouraging to me in […]

Rania Hazboun

Rania Hazboun, Development Officer – BU

I am honored and blessed to have known Br. Joe. We worked together in the Advancement office since 2002. He was truly a blessing in my life and the lives of everyone who have known him. Br. Joe made a difference in so many lives, especially Bethlehem University students. A good heart has stopped beating, […]

Hoene Annual Scholarship

Mr. Thomas Hoene, T. u. H. Hoene Stiftung, Germany says:

“We, at the T. u. H. Hoene Stiftung, believe that education and training are the solutions for need, misery, poverty, violence, discrimination, and discord in our world. Only those who are able to help themselves will be able to make a good contribution to their own development and thus to the development of humanity. Our goal is to create the conditions for as many people as possible, primarily children and young people, to shape their own lives and thus give them the chance to positively shape their social environment. We decided to engage in the scholarship program at Bethlehem University after a trip to the Holy Land in 2019. We consider our commitment there as an individual spark of peace that we want to ignite so that it can be carried on into a region that is longing for peace. We feel happy that the University selected the student Marian Nasserallah to receive our scholarship. We had the chance to get to know her during a video call coordinated by Ms. Shahinda Nassar, Development Officer in June 2020. It was a wonderful experience to see the impact of our gift.”

Scholarship Recipient Mariam Nasserallah, 2nd-year Biology major student

Friends of Bethlehem Inc. Scholarship

Prof. Peter Manning, Hon. Treasurer, Friends of Bethlehem Inc., Australia says:

“I thought it very appropriate that this is the 72nd anniversary of Nakba Day, May 15, and we at Friends of Bethlehem in Sydney are able to contribute to giving a young deserving Palestinian student a chance of an excellent professional job and a life career in Palestine. I am sure that the local inner-city Sydney activist woman who gave us these funds as her bequest, Ms. Jane Carew Howarth, would be extremely happy today to be seeing this happen, exactly as she intended supporting Palestine.”

Scholarship Recipient Daleda Jarayseh, 3rd year Nursing major student

EOHSJ- Scottish Lieutenancy Annual Scholarship

H.E. James Ritchie Greig, KGCHS, Lieutenant of EOHSJ- Scotland Lieutenancy says:

“We decided to support a student at Bethlehem University for a number of reasons. Those members who have been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land have visited BU. We were given a guided tour of campus where we were able to meet and speak to students who gave their experiences of student life at BU. They were upbeat, positive, and optimistic. It was a good experience for our members to meet young men and women on the cusp of educational achievement and careers. I think this moved us to want to help, and providing a scholarship is a way the Lieutenancy could do this. Those of us who entered higher education would have had much the same kind of experiences as BU students. However, we didn’t have difficulties to contend with such as checkpoints and other overt restrictions on life in Palestine. That difference made us want to help in a tangible way. We wish “our” student Widad all the best in her studies; she is in our prayers.”

Scholarship Recipient Widad Jeries,
2nd year Software Engineering major student

Bridges for Bethlehem Charitable Farms Annual Scholarship

Ms. Diana Toups, Custodian of Bridges for Bethlehem, United States of America says:

“Bridges for Bethlehem chose to make this donation because we believe in the Arabic saying, “A woman can rock a baby with one hand and change the world with the other.” Our hearts are drawn to many projects in the Holy Land, but our greatest joy is to support feminine voices which often provide needed balance amidst conflict. We scrape every penny that we can together to assist with education. We may be small, but our hearts are strong. We believe we can make a difference toward freedom and peace by supporting one woman at a time. We are extremely grateful to Bethlehem University for so admirably helping us with our goals. Thanks be to God.”

Scholarship Recipient Adriana Murad,
2nd year Pre-school Education major student.

Tony Walker

I thoroughly enjoyed courses from here and hope to expand on my gained knowledge about making apps. The courses as well as the examples are well presented, easy to follow and engaging.

Martin Brian

The courses here exceeded my expectations in many regards, especially in the depth of information supplied. In a very non-threatening environment, I learned key principles of design that I can implement immediately.