Category: Bethlehem University News

BBI and YSBC Host Community-Based Tourism Hackathon

The Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and Yunus Social Business Center (YSBC) at Bethlehem University, in partnership with the Palestine Heritage Trail Association, organized a two-day “Community-Based Tourism Hackathon.” Funded by the Japan Social Development Fund through the World Bank, the hackathon fell under the project “Enhancing Economic Opportunities and Improving Livelihoods for Communities Along the […]

Research, Education and Conservation at Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) has achieved significant milestones across its three core areas: research, education, and conservation, over the past week. Research: Researchers from PIBS undertook two overnight field trips to document regional biodiversity. The first trip focused on Wadi Qana-Salfit and Marj Sanour-Jenin, while the second explored the Northern Jordan […]

Bethlehem University Workshop Tackles Children’s Rights

The Institute for Community Engagement and Partnership (ICP) at Bethlehem University held a two-day preparatory workshop in Jericho for representatives from most of the university’s faculties and departments. Participants included members from the departments of social sciences, humanities, nursing, education, interactive media, and the Deanship of Student Affairs. The primary goal of the workshop was […]

PIBS’s Animal Rehabilitation Unit

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) established an Animal Rehabilitation Unit in 2019, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating numerous threatened animals. The unit has provided care for a diverse array of species, including mammals (foxes, hyenas, European badgers, mongooses, and bats), birds (golden eagles, eagle owls, black kites, crows), and reptiles (snakes). The […]

Bethlehem University Officials tell Vatican Radio about students’ challenges

Brother Hernan Santos, Vice Chancellor, Father Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President, Dr. Iman Saca, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Sister Corazon Hino, Interim Vice President for Finance and Estates (remotely), Brother Jack Curran, Vice President for Development, and Naji Al Sleibi, Director of Institutional Affairs participated in the Bethlehem University International Board of Regents […]

Progress on the Renovation of the New Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History is undergoing a significant expansion project. The existing building is being renovated to add 1,300 square meters of museum space, significantly enhancing its capacity to showcase Palestine’s rich natural heritage. On Thursday, 27 June 2024, the museum held coordination meetings to move the project forward. The museum team collaborated […]

Summer Camp Visits to Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History hosted over 250 children from four different summer camp groups last week. During their visit, the children participated in a variety of activities, including guided tours of PMNH’s natural history and ethnography exhibits, as well as explorations of the botanical garden. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, discovering new […]

Field Work at Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organizes field trips that are instrumental in documenting and studying Palestine’s floral and faunal biodiversity, conducting research, publishing scientific papers, and implementing conservation measures. These excursions not only deepen participants’ and local communities’ appreciation for Palestine’s natural heritage but also contribute valuable data to global and local biodiversity […]

PIBS’s Weekly Children Educational Activities

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organized its weekly educational activity for children. During the event, the children played environmental games developed in-house at PIBS, including a Snakes and Ladders game designed to teach about sustainable living and reducing climate change. They also participated in fun competitions, learning interesting facts about fruits, vegetables, and […]

PIBS Hosts Children’s Flower Planting Activity

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organized a flower planting activity with flowers donated by their partners at Cremisan Salesian Convent, in celebration of the Institute’s tenth anniversary. During the planting, PIBS conducted their weekly educational activity for children, teaching them about the importance of farming and its positive impact on the environment.

Prof. Mazin & Jessie Qumsiyeh visit to Australia and New Zealand

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Director of Cytogenetic Services and Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), and his wife Jessie recently returned from a 53-day advocacy tour across 17 cities in Australia and New Zealand (Aotearoa). Among their goals, the trip aimed to secure long-term support for Palestine, Bethlehem University, and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity […]

500 Students Explore Palestinian Biodiversity at PIBS

The Palestine Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with Caritas Jerusalem, successfully concluded a series of educational programs for children. Over eight visits, they welcomed 500 students and members of scout groups. This initiative focused on introducing participants to the rich biodiversity of Palestine, with a particular emphasis on the Al-Makhrour region. The program also […]

Zbierski Library Engages Students with Interactive Found Poetry Session

The Zbierski Library at Bethlehem University held an interactive session on “Understanding & Analyzing Texts through Found Poetry” on Thursday, 23 May 2024. Library Director Ms. Elizabeth D’souza warmly welcomed Dr. Fadel Sawayfa, an expert in writing poetry. He shared his experiences and tips for developing poetry writing skills. Dr. Sawayfa guided attendees in examining […]

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PIBS at Bethlehem University Recognizes World Environment Day

This year’s theme of the World Environment Day “land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience,” aligns with our mission and vision in Palestine. Through all our activities at the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), we emphasize that sustainable human and natural communities begin with each of us individually.  Palestine faces significant environmental challenges caused […]

PIBS Celebrates World Environment Day

In observance of World Environment Day, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University organized a engaging activity – planting flowers in their botanical garden. This initiative aimed to cultivate a deeper connection with nature among participants. PIBS team members, including staff, local volunteers, and international volunteers, all joined hands for the […]

Chemistry Students Visit Cosmetics Factory

The Department of Chemistry at Bethlehem University’s Faculty of Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering organized an educational field visit for students enrolled in the “Factory Quality” (Chem499) course. The trip, held on Tuesday, 4 June 2024, took students to the Raed Cosmetics Factory in Beit Sahour. This visit aimed to provide students with valuable experience […]

Brother Vincent Malham Center Holds Graduation Ceremony

The Brother Vincent Malham Center (BVMC) at Bethlehem University celebrated the graduation of its spring 2023/2024 cohort on Wednesday, 29 May 2024, in the presence of Vice Chancellor Brother Hernan Santos, students, and BVMC professors. The graduating students, thrilled to be part of Bethlehem University, showcased their Arabic language skills through performances. The nuns who […]

PIBS’s Weekly Children Educational Activities

This week, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) hosted a fun and educational program for children focused on insects, particularly their crucial role as pollinators. The young participants began by exploring the importance of biodiversity in the success of agriculture. Through a guided tour of the botanical garden, they observed different insects and […]

Accreditation of Bachelor’s Program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry

Bethlehem University has announced the accreditation of its new bachelor’s program in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry by the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission of the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Dr. Michel Hanania, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Engineering, said that this program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program integrating […]

Archaeology Students Explore Biodiversity at PIBS

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University recently welcomed students from the Bachelor of Arts program in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. Accompanied by their professor, Dr. Omar Dar Issa, the students were visiting as part of their Fauna and Flora course. This visit exemplifies PIBS’s commitment to fostering interdepartmental collaboration within […]

Nursing Student Research Conference: From Ideas to Impact

The Tarek Ahmed Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University held a two-day student conference titled “Nursing Student Research Conference: From Ideas to Impact” on Monday, 27 May, and Tuesday, 28 May 2024. Over 300 participants attended, including students, professors, hospital representatives, and healthcare institutions from the Ministry of Health, UNRWA, the […]

PIBS Hold Engaging Activities at Cremisan Monastery

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University is continuing its successful partnership with the Salesians of Don Bosco at the Cremisan Monastery. This ongoing series of activities aims to cultivate a spirit of environmental respect and care in young people. Through immersive experiences in nature and engaging craft projects, the program […]

Social Work Students Receive Digital Security Training

The Department of Social Sciences at Bethlehem University concluded a three-day training program on digital security for the field training students in the Social Work program. This training, conducted in collaboration with 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media, provided 31 participating students with comprehensive information on digital security issues. The […]

Bethlehem University Biology Students Develop Diagnostic Skills

The Biology Department at Bethlehem University, particularly the Medical Laboratory Science major, is dedicated to advancing diagnostic methods for genetic diseases and pathogens. 2. Several species of Candida isolated from students in the “Medical Laboratory Sciences” major, were differentiated using chromagar based on color differences. To our knowledge, this method is being used for the […]

PIBS Weekly Educational Activity for Children

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University celebrated International Day for Biological Diversity with an educational activity for children on Friday, 24 May 2024. The children first explored the institute’s botanical garden with exploration kits which consist of compasses, measuring tapes, magnifying glasses, tubes and forceps, notebooks, and pens. They gathered […]

Bethlehem University Journal Publishes New Volume on Neuropsychology

The Bethlehem University Journal Editorial Board is proud to announce the publication of the new volume of the Bethlehem University Journal on ScienceOpen, and soon on Jstor. This volume, a special issue of the Bethlehem University Journal on “Neuropsychology,” was guest-edited by Dr. Ahmed Fasfous, Associate Professor of neuropsychology. The volume explores global experiences and practices in neuropsychology, […]

Lifegate Rehabilitation Center Visits PIBS

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with Caritas Jerusalem, is conducting a series of educational activities titled “Empowering Future Generations.” Through a series of educational activities, school students visit the institute and explore its various sections, including the natural history and ethnography museums, and the botanical garden. The goal […]

Bethlehem University Midwives Host Inclusive Health Day

Third-year midwifery students from Bethlehem University’s Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences came together on Thursday, 16 May 2024, for a health day titled “The Midwife is a Light that shows us life.” Held in collaboration with the Psycho-Social Centre for Women and supported by War Child’s We Rise Initiative, the event took place at […]

Bethlehem University Strengthens International Ties Through Faculty and Staff Exchanges

Bethlehem University faculty and staff members recently participated in a series of international exchange programs as part of the Erasmus+ staff mobility program for teaching and training, fostering collaboration and innovation across various academic disciplines. Five faculty members from the Tarek Ahmad Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences visited Kalisz University’s Faculty of Medicine […]

Interactive Workshop on Endangered Species for Children

In commemoration of International Day for Endangered Species, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University organized a special learning activity for children on Friday, 17 May 2024. The children learned about endangered species in Palestine, the threats leading to their endangerment, and ways to protect them. They played an interactive game to […]

Bethlehem University Expresses Gratitude for Global Student Solidarity with Palestine

The Deanship of Students’ office at Bethlehem University organized an event in the Auditorium on Thursday, 16 May 2024, to express gratitude to university students worldwide for their unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian people. Following the Palestinian national anthem and a moment of silence, Fr. Dr. Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President of the University, delivered […]

Bethlehem University Empowers Future Generations Through Sustainability Education

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with Caritas Jerusalem, is conducting a series of educational activities titled “Empowering Future Generations.” Through a series of educational activities, school students visit the institute and explore its various sections, including the natural history and ethnography museums, and the botanical garden. The goal […]

Bethlehem University Writing Competition Winners’ Reading Event

The English Department at Bethlehem University held its annual reading event for its 8th Creative Writing Competition for on Thursday, 16 May 2024. Organized by Ms. Paola Handal and Mr. Layth Awwad, this competition was open to all aspiring writers accross the university who have a passion for creative writing. Like previous years, the competition […]

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability Hosts Students from Thabra School

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with A.M. Qattan Foundation, hosted students from Thabra Mixed Basic School (grades 6-9) for a day focused on environmental solutions. This event was part of the “STEAM PalHouse” project, which empowers students to develop solutions for environmental issues in their local communities. The […]

Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Program Excursion to Jordan

Twelve students from Bethlehem University, including ten second-year students from the ‘Archaeology and Cultural Heritage’ program and two students from the English Department, participated in an educational archaeological trip to Jordan from April 29 to May 5, 2024. Funded by the Ecoles d’Orient – the French Consulate, this trip gave students valuable archaeological and historical […]

Student Cell Hosts Disability Awareness Workshop at Zbierski Library

The Zbierski Library at Bethlehem University held a workshop on “Disability Awareness” organized by the student cell on Thursday, 9 May 2024.. Library Director Ms. Elizabeth D’souza warmly welcomed the event’s speakers, Mrs. Sanabel Hsan (Psychologist) and Ms. Dana Ramadan (Occupational Therapist) from Al Shourouq Organization. She also extended her gratitude to the student cell […]

Training Session for 4th-Grade Teachers

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University, in partnership with the Palestine Heritage Trail, organized a training session for 4th-grade teachers. The session addressed various topics, including Palestinian geography, ecotourism, agriculture, as well as the rich and diverse floral and faunal biodiversity of Palestine. The teachers also learned about environmental threats […]

Bethlehem University Occupational Therapy Students Explore Psychomotor Program

Third-year occupational therapy students at Bethlehem University participated in an engaging workshop on the Psychomotor Program on Friday, 26 April 2024. Led by Ms. Magi Fatouleh, the workshop was part of the Community-Based Rehabilitation course. The Psychomotor Program is designed specifically for implementation within communities, with a particular focus on benefiting children. Students actively participated […]

Virtual Connection joins students of Bethlehem University and Queen Margaret Academy

In an inspiring display of cross-cultural exchange, the student ambassadors from Bethlehem University had a unique opportunity to engage in a virtual meeting with students from Queen Margaret Academy, Ayr in Scotland on Thursday 18 April 2024. The meeting brought these two groups together for an enriching discussion on shared interests, cultural perspectives, and political […]

English Department Instructors Present at TESOL 2024

4th Online Conference International TESOL Associations The English Department at Bethlehem University is proud to announce the participation of Ms. Paola Handal and Ms. Maram Daboub at the prestigious TESOL 2024 Building Bridges, Building Cooperation: Unveiling Challenges & Best Practices in ELT. Held annually, this conference serves as a global platform for educators and experts […]

Bethlehem University Integrates Histopathology into Medical Lab Sciences

What we used to see in reputed references is now produced by the Biology Department at Bethlehem University The Biology Department at Bethlehem University has integrated a unique feature into its Medical Laboratory Sciences major: the integration of Histopathology into the undergraduate curriculum, something not found at other Palestinian universities. This course emphasizes the importance […]

Gratitude and Updates: A Virtual Gathering with the Sacramento Council

On Sunday, 24 March 2024, Bethlehem University had the pleasure of virtually connecting with the Sacramento Council of the Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. This gathering followed their Palm Sunday celebrations and was a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude and share updates. The meeting was made possible […]

ICP Concludes Two Training Courses, Graduate 17 Students

The Institute for Community Engagement and Partnership at Bethlehem University (ICP) successfully concluded two training courses on life skills and job readiness, totaling 25 and 32 training hours, respectively. At the graduation ceremony, sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services, Samar Rishmawi, the Project Manager at Catholic Relief Services, expressed her delight in conducting these trainings […]

Bethlehem University Students Shine in Award-Winning Film

The short film “Creating Change,” featuring two students from the English Department at Bethlehem University, Rand Fararjeh and Donia Dibi, has recently received the Silver Award at the Festival of Visual and Interactive Media. This festival was organized by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in the USA in March 2024. […]

Results of Spring Semester 2024 Sports Activities and Competitions

The Athletic Unit recently conducted a series of sports tournaments featuring various games, and the outcomes are as follows: Table Tennis and Badminton Tournament: The Table Tennis and Badminton Tournament commenced on Thursday, 15 February 2024, with 36 students participating. The finals were held on Friday, March 1, 2024, yielding the following results: Table Tennis […]

Holy Land Commission Visits Bethlehem University

The Holy Land Commission of the Grand Magisterium of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) made a significant visit to Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 12 March 2024. Brother Hernán Santos, Vice Chancellor, and members of the Executive Council extended a warm welcome to the Head of the Commission, Professor Bartholomew McGettrick OBE, […]

Occupational Therapy Students Host Intergenerational Activity at Saint Nicolas Home

During their clinical training at Saint Nicolas Home in Beit Jala, third-year occupational therapy students organized a heartwarming activity on 13 March 2024 involving residents and children from the Creche/Bethlehem. With creativity and compassion, the students facilitated an intergenerational activity where the residents engaged in reminiscence therapy while the children participated in arts and crafts. […]

Gender Equality Webinar Highlights Director of Athletics

Shortly after International Women’s Day, the International University Sports Federation held its Gender Equality webinar on Monday, 11 March 2024. Samar Mousa, recipient of the Gender Equality Champion Award, shared her inspiring journey of spearheading the development of Palestine’s inaugural women’s soccer team while serving as the Director of Athletics at Bethlehem University. Her mission […]

Bridging Cultures: Bethlehem University’s Innovative Virtual Exchange Program with the University of Montana

In an era where understanding diverse perspectives and developing intercultural competence are more crucial than ever, Bethlehem University has embarked on a remarkable initiative to foster intercultural dialogue and communication. Integrated into the “Intercultural Communication” course at Bethlehem University, taught by Mr. Ramzi Asali, and the “Interpersonal Communication” course at the University of Montana, taught […]

Bethlehem University Marks the Successful Conclusion of the Media Literacy Project

The Institute for Community Engagement & Partnership (ICP) and the Interactive Media Program proudly hosted the graduation ceremony for Interactive Media students at Bethlehem University on Thursday, 7 March 2024, marking the successful conclusion of the Media Literacy training course and their community projects.During the ceremony, students presented their community initiatives, developed in collaboration with […]

Actualización de la Universidad de Belén

Queridos amigos, bienhechores y graduados de la Universidad de Belén, Mientras continuamos nuestro viaje de Cuaresma, quiero extender mi más sincero agradecimiento a cada uno de ustedes por sus oraciones, notas de preocupación y mensajes de apoyo, todos los cuales son profundamente significativos para nosotros en medio de los desafíos que enfrentamos actualmente aquí en […]

Occupational Therapy Program Hosts Workshop on Disability Rights

On Thursday, 7 March 2024, the Occupational Therapy program at Bethlehem University hosted the community-based rehabilitation team from Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation. The visiting team conducted an engaging workshop for first-year students, focusing on etiquette and the rights of people with disabilities. The session was both interactive and informative.

Bethlehem University Faculty Members Undertake Inspiring Visit to Bedouin Communities

On Thursday, 7 March 2024, Brother Alejandro Cerna, FSC, Dean of Education, along with Dr. Rabab Tamish, Ms. Maha Sader, Dr. Hala Rashed, Ms. Paola Handal, and Dr. Anita Bright, led a poignant visit to nearby Bedouin communities. The six faculty members were warmly welcomed into the communities and kindergartens, gaining invaluable insights into the […]

Empowering Midwifery Students: Training on Gender-Based Violence and Community Health

On 6 March 2024, Bethlehem University’s second and third-year midwifery students participated in a training session focused on prenatal care and community health, led by faculty members. Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Mrs. Salam Awad, and Mrs. Fatima Al-Madany, the Midwifery Program Coordinator, attended the session. The event, organized by the […]

Training Course on New Media Practices

Dr. Saeed Ayad Interactive Media and Communication Center at Bethlehem University, in collaboration with the Public Relations Association of Bethlehem Institutions and the Ministry of Information, organized a training course for a group of public relations professionals from governmental and private institutions. The course spanned three sessions, totaling 24 training hours. It addressed various aspects […]

Student Ambassadors Deepen Understanding of Lasallian Values at Bethlehem University

“The Lasallian values resonate deeply with me, especially the emphasis on social justice and faith in the presence of God,” expressed Angela Salem, a Student Ambassador at Bethlehem University. “I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this workshop and learn how I can embody these values in my own life and contribute to […]

Occupational Therapy Students Organize Activity at Aida Camp

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, a community activity was held at Lajee Center at Aida Camp, organized by third-year occupational therapy students as part of their Community-based Rehabilitation Course. The day began with interactive sessions aimed at enhancing developmental skills. Through innovative activities, the students fostered an environment of inclusivity and empowerment by focusing on […]

Steadfast Amidst Turmoil: Bethlehem University’s Commitment to Education

In the heart of the West Bank, where the ongoing war in Gaza casts a dark shadow over daily life, Bethlehem University stands as a beacon of hope amidst adversity – made possible by dedicated faculty and staff, resilient students, and generous donors from across the globe. With the livelihoods of families in the Bethlehem […]

Bridging Continents: Bethlehem University and Virginia Wesleyan Students Connect Virtually

In an inspiring display of cross-cultural exchange, the student ambassadors from Bethlehem University recently had the unique opportunity to engage in a virtual meeting with counterparts from Virginia Wesleyan University in the United States. The meeting brought these two groups together for an enriching discussion on shared interests, cultural perspectives, and political challenges. The virtual […]

BU faculty Layth R. Awwad’s Guest Lecture at Colorado State University, Pueblo, USA

Exploring Identity, Poetry, and Multimodal Expression Bethlehem University’s Department of English is delighted to highlight the recent participation of Mr. Layth R. Awwad as a speaker at Colorado State University, Pueblo, USA on February 19, 2024. As a poet and creative writing instructor, Mr. Awwad brought a unique perspective to the dialogue in Ms. Electra […]

Reopening of the Training Restaurant

The Hotel Management Culinary Training Team, in collaboration with its students, is delighted to announce the reopening of the training restaurant, ‘La Cave du Roi,’ for faculty members and staff, starting Wednesday 22 February 2024. Whether you’re fasting, prefer a takeaway, or desire a leisurely lunch, the team is dedicated to crafting a personalized dining […]

Empowering Student Ambassadors at Bethlehem University

On 15 February 2024, Bethlehem University hosted a workshop dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of its student ambassadors. Facilitated by Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, the workshop aimed to empower the ambassadors to effectively represent the university, covering crucial aspects such as community and political engagement. The opening session set the tone with a welcoming […]

Bethlehem University Excels at AHA-MENA Healthcare Forum 2024 in Dubai

Bethlehem University participated in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Healthcare Forum 2024, held in Dubai from Friday, 26 January, to Sunday, 28 January 2024. This event brought together healthcare leaders, innovators, and experts from across the MENA region. The forum delved into the latest AHA programs, discussing recent updates […]

English Department at NILETESOL 2024 Conference in Cairo

Four faculty members from Bethlehem University’s English Department, namely Ms. Paola Handal, Mr. Layth Awwad, Ms. Maram Daboub, and Dr. Anita Bright, actively participated in the NILETESOL 2024 conference in Cairo, Egypt held on January 23-24. The conference, hosted at the American University of Cairo, brought together over 3000 English educators from 30 different countries. […]

AI Training Program for Faculty and Staff

Bethlehem University faculty and staff have recently celebrated the successful completion of the first AI Training Program of its kind at the university. This capacity initiative, which concluded on 12 January 2024, marks a significant capacity-building milestone for the institution. This program emanated from the recommendations and organization of the special task force that was […]

Media Education Course Concludes at Bethlehem University

The second phase of the media education course for interactive media students concluded at Bethlehem University, held in partnership between the University’s Institute for Community Engagement & Partnership (ICP) and the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (KVS). The course was part of the media education project in the field of media education, and 21 students from […]

Reflection of a BU Graduate from Gaza

“I am a graduate of Bethlehem University, originally from Gaza and belonging to the Palestinian Christian community.  Like many others, I now reside outside Gaza, while my immediate family, along with aunts, uncles, and cousins, still endure the challenging circumstances within the region. Since October 7th 2023, our lives have been profoundly affected by the […]

Visions for Education Under Occupation: Brazilian Perspectives

A Virtual Conversation In collaboration with the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts, the Office of the Dean of Research organized a virtual panel titled, “Visions for Education Under Occupation: A Virtual Conversation,” on Thursday, Dec 7, 2023. This panel featured distinguished Brazilian scholars and educators to discuss innovative educational initiatives in Brazil, […]

Bethlehem University Engages with Local High School Students

Bethlehem University, represented by Mr. Yazan Al-Zubaidy, Director of the Marketing and Communication Office, participated in the orientation days organized by the Salesian Industrial School from Monday, 4 December, to Thursday, 7 December 2023. The event welcomed students from eight private schools in the Bethlehem area, including the Collège des Frères Bethlehem, the Latin Patriarchate […]

Bethlehem University’s Director of Athletics Receives FISU Gender Equality Champion Award

Ms. Samar Araj Mousa, Director of Athletics at Bethlehem University, was awarded the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Gender Equality Champion Award on 17 November 2023 at the FISU annual assembly meeting in Geneva. This recognition is a tribute to her distinctive role and significant contributions over a number of years in achieving tangible results […]

Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme (IPSP)

The Representative Office of Ireland in Palestine is accepting applications under the Ireland-Palestine Scholarship Programme (IPSP) for the 2024-2025 academic year from applicants living in the occupied Palestinian territory. 25 full scholarships are being offered for one-year Master’s-level programmes in Ireland. The IPSP is part of the Ireland Fellows global scholarship programme run by the […]

PIBS Inspires National Pride in Children through Independence Day Event

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability organized a special educational event on 15 November 2023, commemorating Independence Day. The event aimed to instill a sense of national pride in children by providing them with a unique experience in the institute’s botanical garden. Children enjoyed a guided tour, observing animals, cultivated plants, and learning about […]

Frank Jungers, Longtime Friend of Bethlehem University, Passes Away

Bethlehem University is deeply saddened to announce the passing of a revered member of its philanthropic family, Mr. Frank Jungers, on 10 October 2023, at the age of 97. Since 1998, Mr. Jungers had been an influential supporter of the university, making substantial contributions that have significantly impacted its mission. In recognition of his unwavering […]

Bethlehem University Concludes the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Dedicates New Building

In conclusion of Bethlehem University’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, a dedication ceremony for the new Students and Visitors Building, named the “Georgette Salameh Center,” was held on campus. This momentous occasion was marked by a grand celebration, attended by local and international dignitaries, on Sunday, October 1, 2023, in front of the university’s Millennium Building. The […]

Renowned Author Lisa Suhair Majaj Visits Bethlehem University

The English Department at Furno Hall hosted an event on Thursday, 5 October 2023, featuring the renowned Palestinian American author and scholar, Lisa Suhair Majaj. The occasion was marked by a captivating reading and discussion session, during which Majaj delved into her acclaimed work, “Geographies of Light.” As the event unfolded, the audience was transported […]

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Fadel Jobran-Alsawayfa

Last summer, Dr. Fadel Alsawayfa, Chairperson of Early Childhood Education Department and the Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Creative Pedagogies and Community Practices, embarked on a two-month research fellowship at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society Culture, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Alsawayfa’s short research stay was made possible through funding from the […]

Students Excel in Vocational Training Program in Lourdes, France

Bethlehem University’s Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism had the privilege of welcoming back four of its students who recently participated in a vocational training program held in Lourdes, France. The program was organized in collaboration with the municipality of Lourdes as part of the twinning program between Bethlehem and Lourdes. These four students were […]

Tourism Innovation Hub Graduation Ceremony

Bethlehem Business Incubator – BBI within the Faculty of Business Administration at Bethlehem University held a momentous Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of youth, women, and youth with disabilities who have actively engaged in all facets of the Tourism Innovation Hub programs and pillars. The event served as a platform to not only […]

Bethlehem University’s Golden Jubilee Alumni Gathering

As part of Bethlehem University’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Marketing and Communications office’s Alumni Relations Unit organized a special reunion for the alumni on Thursday, 21 September 2023. Over 400 graduates gathered in the university’s amphitheater for this event. Haneen Musleh, the Alumni Relations Officer, led the ceremony, which commenced with a moment of silence […]

President of World Federation of Occupational Therapy Visits Bethlehem University

On Monday 18 September 2023, Bethlehem University’s Occupational Therapy Program had the distinct honor of hosting Ms. Samantha Shann, President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy, coming from the United Kingdom. Bethlehem University’s Occupational Therapy Program is one of the educational programs with international recognition. During her visit Ms. Shann met with Vice Chancellor […]

BU’s PIBS Team Concludes Successful Erasmus Program Training in Greece

A team from Bethlehem University’s Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability recently wrapped up an enriching training program in Greece, made possible through the Erasmus program. The program saw active participation from 20 individuals representing Palestine, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, and France. During this comprehensive training, participants learned about the fundamental principles of ecological agriculture and […]

Bethlehem University’s Notable Participation in the PCPC-2023

Bethlehem University participated in the 12th Palestinian Collegiate Programming Contest (PCPC-2023), sponsored by telecommunications company Ooredoo, took place at Al-Istiqlal University in Jericho on Sunday, September 10, 2023. The event featured 41 teams from the West Bank and 32 teams from the Gaza Strip, attracting a diverse array of supervisors, professors, experts, and representatives from […]

New Academic Year, a New Beginning at BU

On Friday, 8 September 2023, faculty and staff members of Bethlehem University gathered at the University’s Auditorium to reconnect, exchange updates on university affairs, and extend a warm welcome to new colleagues. Dr. Iman Saca, Vice President for Academic Affairs, delivered her inaugural address in this role and presided over the meeting. The gathering commenced […]

Rector of the Catholic University of Chile discusses strengthening educational partnerships

Bethlehem University warmly welcomed Rector Ignacio Sánchez of the Catholic University of Chile and his wife, Dr. Salesa Barja, on Friday, as he visited the university aiming to fortify academic collaborations between the two institutions. Rector Sánchez’s visit comes on the heels of an already flourishing partnership funded by the Bethlehem 2000 Foundation in Santiago, […]

Dr. Iman Saca Assumes Role as Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Iman Saca has officially assumed her role as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethlehem University, succeeding Dr. Irene Hazou, who held the position since 2012. With over two decades of experience in academia, Dr. Iman brings a wealth of knowledge and a multidisciplinary approach to her new role. Her expertise in archaeology […]

Introducing the Global Shapers Bethlehem Hub

Hosted by Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at Bethlehem University’s Faculty of Business Administration, the newly established Global Shapers Bethlehem Hub is making a significant impact on the betterment of our world. The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, serves as a global network that unites […]

Bethlehem University Hosts Delegations for Workshop on Muslim-Christian Coexistence

Bethlehem University was honored to welcome two distinguished delegations in recent weeks as part of its ongoing commitment to fostering international collaboration. The visits were organized by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and centered around a workshop that aimed to explore the theme of Muslim-Christian coexistence. The first delegation, consisting of 13 students […]

Bridging Cultures Through Media: Department of English’s Students Excel in Training for Effective Western Media Engagement

Thirteen students from the Department of English recently took part in an intensive training focusing on Palestinian representation within Western media. This training, facilitated by America House in Jerusalem and Ramallah, in collaboration with Western Washington University in the USA, aimed to equip participants with the skills needed to effectively engage Western, particularly American, audiences […]

Brother Vincent Malham Center Summer 2022/2023 graduation ceremony

On Thursday, 27 July 2023, the Brother Vincent Malham Center (BVMC) at Bethlehem University was filled with joy and celebration as the Summer 2022/2023 graduation ceremony of the Arabic School for foreigners took place. The event was attended by Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, Mr. Youil Anastas, Vice President for Finance, Ms. […]

Bethlehem University Celebrates 47th Graduation Ceremonies

Bethlehem University proudly held its 47th graduation ceremonies on 20 and 21 July 2023, honoring and conferring degrees upon 777 graduates. The graduates hailed from various faculties, including the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering, […]

Educational Summer Camp for Students

Turathuna: George Nasra Center for Palestinian Heritage at the Zbierski Library – Bethlehem Unversity, commenced a summer camp on Monday, 10 July 2023, generously funded by Pro TerraSancta. Sixteen students from different schools, namely Frere School, St. Joseph School, Lutheran School, American School, and Government School, enthusiastically enrolled in the camp. Several activities were organized […]

Bethlehem University Signs Partnership with Salesians of Don Bosco

Bethlehem University took a significant step towards promoting sustainable energy education by signing a partnership agreement with the Salesians of Don Bosco Middle East Province on 10 July 2023. The agreement grants Bethlehem University access to the facilities of the Salesian Industrial School in Bethlehem to implement the Sustainable Energy Engineering Program. Brother Peter Bray, […]

Leveraging Canva for Engaging English Language Teaching

Insights from ELT FIESTA 2023 At ELT FIESTA 2023, organized by De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, faculty members Ms. Paola Handal and Mr. Layth Awwad were invited to participate in the Lasallian English Educators Fellowship Training Program held at Collège des Frères Bethlehem.  Ms. Handal and Mr. Awwad delivered a presentation on integrating Canva, a versatile […]

Inclusive Media Literacy Education in Palestine

On June 21, 2023, the first training course for trainers in the field of media education, part of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded project “The Inclusive Media Literacy Education in Palestine,” was successfully concluded at the Institute for Community Engagement and Partnership (ICP) – Bethlehem University. Thirteen teachers from various departments at Bethlehem […]

Twal Represents Bethlehem University at IALU International Leadership Conference

Rev. Fr. Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University, recently attended the International Leadership Conference held in Rome, Italy. The conference, organized by the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU), brought together educators from Lasallian institutions worldwide. With the participation of fifty-two international members, the conference served as a platform for collaboration, networking, and […]

Students’ Team Participates in Semi-Finals of Hult Prize Summits

The CornCloset team, comprised of Christina Anastas, Lourd Lolas, Daniella Anastas, and Ayah Altamimi, has been selected to represent Bethlehem University in the semi-finals of the Hult Prize Summits 2023, held in Nairobi, Kenya. Under the principle that “Change is the key that unlocks the doors to a brighter future,” the team has embarked on […]

Bethlehem University Participates in Diak University’s International Week

Bethlehem University faculty members Salam Awad, Narmeen Qumsieh, and Sr. Mary Yacoub represented the Tarek Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Diak University’s International Week on inclusive digital services in higher education, alongside other international universities from around the world. Diak, a partner university located in Helsinki, Finland, hosted the event from 5-12 […]

Zbierski Library Honors Student Facilitators

On Thursday, 8 June 2023, the Zbierski Library proudly recognized the invaluable contributions of student facilitators in fostering a positive, vibrant, and enriching atmosphere during the Student Cell Activities. The library team is delighted to announce the presentation of certificates to honor these dedicated students and their exceptional commitment. During a special ceremony, Ms. Elizabeth […]

Bethlehem University Participates in the EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting

Bethlehem University alumna, Serina Massu, represented the Science4People team at the European Physical Society (EPS) – 11th Young Minds Leadership Meeting, which was organized by the Physics & Optics Naples Young Student (PONYS), in Naples, Italy in May 2023. Reflecting on her experience at the 11th EPS meeting, Serina shared, “I was honored to represent […]

Renowned Palestinian-American Comic Mona Aburmishan at Bethlehem University

Mona Aburmishan, a renowned Palestinian-American stand-up comic and comedic speaker from Chicago, was invited by Ms. Paola Handal in the English Department at Bethlehem University to speak to the students on Monday, 5 June 2023. With a background in improv and comedy writing from Chicago Second City, Mona has established herself as a talented performer, […]

Department of English contributes to the International Conference of Service Learning

The Department of English recently participated in various activities at the International Conference of Service Learning hosted by Bethlehem University, 25-26 May 2023.   One of the highlights was the poster session on the first day, where the Department presented eight posters prepared by eight student groups from three courses: Public Relations, Advocacy, and Global […]

Career Day Connects Students with Leading Companies

Bethlehem University’s Dean of Students Office organized its annual Career Day on 1 June 2023. The event, which took place in the university’s auditorium, saw participation from over 60 Palestinian companies and organizations. Dr. Amal Jadu Shakaa, Bethlehem University alumna and the Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, was the guest […]

Bethlehem University’s Arabic School for Foreigners Celebrates Graduation Ceremony

On Wednesday, 31 May 2023, the Brother Vincent Malham Center (BVMC) at Bethlehem University was filled with joy and celebration as the Spring 2022/2023 graduation ceremony of the Arabic School for foreigners took place. The event was attended by Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, Mr. Youil Anastas, Vice President for Finance, Ms. […]

Bethlehem University Promotes Service Learning in International Conference

On 25-26 May 2023, Bethlehem University hosted the international conference titled “Current Status and Future Prospects of Service Learning.” This gathering was held under the patronage and participation of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof. Mahmoud Abu Mowais. The conference was organized by the Community Partnership Institute at Bethlehem University in collaboration […]

Faculty Member Participates in “TESOL PALESTINE” Conference

Layth Awwad, an alumnus of Bethlehem University’s class of 2017 and faculty member in the English Department, presented his ongoing study at the “TESOL PALESTINE: Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Classroom” conference held at An-Najah National University on Sunday, 28 May 2023. In a collaborative effort, Layth Awwad joined forces with Bayan Natsheh, M.A. from […]

International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

Prof. Dr. Iman Saca, Vice President Designate for Academic Affairs at Bethlehem University, was invited to give a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) that was held in Copenhagen, from 22 to 26 May 2023. She delivered her speech in the Ceremonial […]

Department of Software Engineering Hosts Workshop on Docker

In a collaborative effort between the Department of Software Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Engineering and Gaza Sky Geeks, a workshop on Docker was successfully conducted on Thursday, 25 May 2023. Aimed specifically at third-year students, the event shed light on Docker’s significance as an open platform for application development, shipping, […]

Inspiring Session with Prominent Egyptian Journalist

The Interactive Media Program at the Faculty of Arts recently organized a session with Ahmed Nader, a renowned Egyptian journalist and voice-over artist, through Google Meet. During the session, Nader shared his expertise in voice-over and advertisements, discussing how advertisements are tailored to diverse audiences and their backgrounds. He emphasized the crucial role of sound […]

Bethlehem University Welcomes Australian Representative

Bethlehem University was honored to receive H.E. Mr. Edward Russell, the Representative of Australia in the State of Palestine, on his first visit to the university since assuming office in April 2022. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray warmly greeted Representative Russell and provided him with a comprehensive briefing on the ongoing development projects at the […]

Tourism Innovation Hub Empowers Youth with Disabilities for Tourism Careers

Bethlehem, 03 – 13 May 2023 – The Tourism Innovation Hub (TIH) at the Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) proudly celebrates the successful completion of an inclusive training program aimed at empowering youth with disabilities. Over the span of five intensive training days, participants underwent comprehensive training sessions that equipped them with transversal skills, entrepreneurship knowledge, […]

Bethlehem University Celebrates Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Bethlehem University celebrated the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of All Teachers, with a special Mass held in the Chapel of the Divine Child on Saturday, 13 May 2023. The Mass was presided over by Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President, and was attended by esteemed guests, including […]

Bethlehem University, Palisco Association Sign MoU

Bethlehem University and Palisco Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, 12 May 2023, aimed at enhancing cooperative education in Palestine and promoting a culture of cooperation. The MOU was signed by Brother Peter Bray, representing Bethlehem University, and Dr. Heiner Nicolussi-Leck, representing Palisco Association. The collaboration will focus on upgrading the […]

Architectural Drawing Training Held on Campus

Bethlehem University’s Archeology and Cultural Heritage Program remains committed to advancing academic activities in the field of archeology and cultural heritage. Over the past week, the program successfully carried out two significant initiatives, further enriching students’ knowledge and practical skills. The first activity was a collaborative effort with the Pro Terra Santa Museum. The Archeology […]

Student Cell Activity on “Nutrition and Health”

On Thursday, 4 May 2023, the Zbierski Library held an engaging student cell activity on “Nutrition and Health” in the Library Building. Library Director, Ms. Elizabeth D’Souza, expressed her gratitude to Nicole Khalilieh for preparing and presenting the activity, highlighting the importance of the topic and welcoming all participants. Nicole’s PowerPoint presentation on the fundamentals […]

Software Engineering Students Participate in Programming Contest

Bethlehem University’s Software Engineering students recently took part in the competitive programming contest, Hebron Code Jam, held at Hebron University on Thursday, 27 April 2023. Students representing several Palestinian universities took part in the competition. Bethlehem University team “Submit Spammers,” consisting of Ihab Maali, Hasan Zawahreh, and Nadine Abu Odeh, made it to the top […]

Bethlehem University Instructor Presents at TESOL 2023 Convention

Layth Awwad, an English Department instructor, presented his research titled “Breaking Boundaries: The Impact of Insta-Poetry on English Pedagogy in Palestine” at the TESOL 2023: International Convention and English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA.  The presentation was part of the a panel titled “Palestinian Educators and Friends: Linking Hands Across Separation Walls” that was held on […]

Athletic Department Hosts First Basketball Skills Tournament

On Thursday, 30 March 2023, the Athletic Department hosted the University’s first-ever Basketball Skills Tournament at the auditorium with Coach Raed Abu Rumman supervising the event. The tournament was attended by the Athletic Department’s family and featured both male and female student participants. Its goal was to inspire students to play basketball more frequently, identify […]

Bethlehem University Graduate at TEDinArabic Summit

Bethlehem University graduate, Adnan Barq ’21, was a main TED speaker at the official TEDinArabic Summit that was held on 18-19 March 2023 in Doha, Qatar under the theme “The Butterfly Effect”. Barq’s TED Talk was entitled “Coping with Intergenerational Trauma”. Barq, who holds a BA in English Language and Literature, is a Palestinian storyteller […]

Dean of Research in Romania for Erasmus+ Mobility Program

Prof. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research and Professor of English at Bethlehem University, recently undertook a teaching mobility at the “Vasile Goldis” Western University of Arad, Romania, under the Erasmus+ mobility program from 13-19 March 2023. On this mobility, Prof. Khader was scheduled to give several talks on Palestinian culture and art to students in […]

High School Students Visit Campus

The Recruitment Committee at Bethlehem University welcomed Tawjihi (high school) students from the Good Shepherd Swedish School in Bethlehem and visited the St. George’s School in Jerusalem last week. The Committee also welcomed Mor Aphrem School in Bethlehem and Princess Basma School in Jerusalem on campus while visited the Talitha Kumi School in Beit Jala […]

Website Development Skills Workshop Held on Campus

The Department of Software Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Science, Technology and Engineering, in cooperation with Gaza Sky Geeks, held a workshop on Thursday, 16 March 2023, to train third and fourth year students of the department on website development skills using ReactJS, an open-source front-end JavaScript library. ReactJS is used to build user […]

Bethlehem University Welcomes Delegation from Pompeu Fabra University

The Department of Social Sciences at Bethlehem University welcomed a delegation of professors from the Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, from Tuesday, 7 March until Sunday, 12 March 2023. The program included a training for the Master of Social Sciences students in qualitative research methods by using techniques as well as the various theoretical and practical research […]

Physiotherapy Students Heal Palestine International Marathon Runners

Bethlehem University’s Physiotherapy students, along with others from different universities, were part of the team who worked tirelessly to heal the aching limbs of the athletes who ran the Palestine International Marathon 2023. This community engagement, out of which the students gained service learning, exposed them to sports injuries that the athletes who were running […]

Vice Chancellor Receives Honorary Doctorate

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray has received the Doctor of the University (Honouris Causa) from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) on Friday for embracing the values and principals of education in the Catholic tradition and for significant contributions to education and educational administration in Australia and overseas. Brother Peter said that “the award was in […]

Graduate Competes in International Hospitality Competition

Daniel Al Zoghbi, a graduate of the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism at Bethlehem University, came in second place for the art of making drinks among more than 30 contestants from different nations during the International Competition in Hospitality Arts which was held on Thursday, 23 February 2023, in India.   Bethlehem University regularly competes […]

Bethlehem University Students Participate in Youth Conference

Eight Bethlehem University students participated under the supervision of the Dean of Students’ Office in the First Youth Conference entitled “Youth and Hate Speech – The Source of Crisis and Confrontation Mechanisms” on Tuesday, 21 February 2023, at the Red Crescent Society in Ramallah. The conference, which was organized by the Filastiniyat Foundation and supported […]

Mandate Mass for Ramallah Graduates

The Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University held a Mandate Mass on Friday, 17 February 2023, for the graduates of Christian Religion Teacher Formation Program that took place in Ramallah area. Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar General, presided over the Mass, with the participation of Father Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President, and Father Yacoub Rafidi, […]

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Quality Assurance

In the context of promoting and disseminating the culture of total quality assurance within the operating divisions at Bethlehem University, and for the sake of appreciating the work and achievement of the Internal Quality Cells’ members regarding the implementation and enhancement of best quality practices in the work of their divisions, the “Vice Chancellor’s Award […]

Bethlehem University, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Sign MoU

Bethlehem University and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday, 13 February 2023, to cooperate in the academic, research and publishing aspects, student and academic exchanges, and the development of joint programs. Rev. Prof. Mirosław Kalinowski, Rector of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, […]

Students Archaeological Excursion to Jordan

Eight sophomore students from the “Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” program at Bethlehem University completed an archaeological excursion to Jordan from Monday, 6 February 2023, to Sunday, 12 February 2023. They were accompanied by Dr. Omar Abed Rabo, the chairperson of the Humanities Department, and Dr. Jutta Häser, a visiting scholar to the program. Twenty German […]

Catholic Relief Services Delegation Visits Campus

A delegation from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) visited Bethlehem University on Friday, 10 February 2023. Executive Vice President Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the latest development projects within the University’s strategic plan for the Golden Jubilee celebrations. The delegation, headed by President and CEO of the Catholic Relief […]

PIBS library adopts Library of Congress System

This week, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability – Bethlehem University (PIBS-BU) concluded the integration of the Library of Congress classification system into the PIBS library. The PIBS library is one of the facilities available at the institute for people to come, enjoy, and benefit from. This opportunity is especially good for university students […]

Palestinian Public University Presidents Meet at Bethlehem University

The presidents of Palestinian public universities met on campus last week within the framework of deepening the bonds of administrative, professional and academic cooperation and communication between public universities, to raise the efficiency of the work of higher education institutions, exchange experiences, find solutions to common issues and challenges, and emphasize the pioneering and leadership […]

Senior Physiotherapy Students Exhibit their Adaptive Equipment

On Tuesday, 17 January 2023, the senior Physiotherapy students exhibited their adaptive equipment made under the supervision of Mr. Ibrahim Salhab, Clinical Coordinator and Supervisor. The equipment has been designed and made for specific clients in the community as part of the adaptive equipment course held at Lifegate Rehabilitation, Beit Jala. There was also a […]

Colloquium Report: How to improve the quality of your research by using Endnote

The Office of the Dean of Research (DOR) held the fourth workshop of the Bethlehem University Research Group series for the 2022-2023 academic year titled, “How to improve the quality of your research by using Endnote,” on Thursday Jan 5, 2022. Dr. Yacoub Sleibi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business and Business Administration, facilitated […]

Call for the Researchers and Faculty Staff

Join the PGSB 8th Call and partnering with FZJ scientists to develop mutual BSc & MSc Thesis Project Offer The next PGSB 8th Call for student thesis’ will be open for B.Sc., M.Sc. theses and internships on 01 February 2023. At this stage, PGSB program request from researchers and faculty staff members to join PGSB […]

New Vice President Designate for Academic Affairs

Bethlehem University Vice Chancellor and the University Community are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Iman Nader Saca as Vice President Designate for Academic Affairs effective January 2023. For over 20 years, Dr. Iman has been a leading scholar and interdisciplinary educator in Archaeology and Anthropology and an advocate for cultural protection, preservation, and promotion. […]

Bethlehem University participates in the Health Research Conference

Bethlehem University participated in the “First National Conference on Health Research in Palestine” organized by the Ministry of Health on 5 December 2022 at the Red Crescent premises in Ramallah. The conference presented health research studies for various Palestinian universities and organizations. Bethlehem University – College of Nursing and Health Sciences- had a successful role […]

Colloquium: How to publish your articles in International Journals: Practical Considerations

The Office of the Dean of Research (DOR) held a webinar titled, “How to publish your articles in International Journals: Practical Considerations,” the second in the Bethlehem University Research Group series for the 2022-2023 academic year, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Dr. Fadel Jobran-Sawayfa, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Ibrahim Horoub, an Instructor at […]

RIP Professor John Kelly

Bethlehem University community is saddened by the death of Dr. John Kelly, Professor Emeritus at the University College Dublin (UCD). Professor Kelly passed away in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday 12 November 2022. Professor. Kelly was a founder of Friends of Bethlehem University – Ireland, a longtime and enthusiastic supporter of Bethlehem University, and a recipient […]

Colloquium: The state of scientific research in Palestine and its implications for BU

The Office of the Dean of Research (DOR) held a webinar titled, “The state of scientific research in Palestine and its implications for Bethlehem University”, the first in the Bethlehem University Research Group series for the 2022-2023 academic year, on Thursday, October 27th, 2022, in Furno Hall. Prof Jamil Khader, Dean of Research, provided an […]

BBI & UNESCO Launch the Innovation Tourism Hub

Bethlehem Business Incubator at Bethlehem University launched the new “Tourism Innovation Hub” on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022. Tourism Innovation Hub – TIH is a new project led by Bethlehem Business Incubator – BBI in partnership with UNESCO within the TVET4Future project, funded by ENABEL – Belgium development agency. This new Hub focuses on youth, women, […]

Bethlehem University Names its Library the “Zbierski Library”

On October 21st, 2022, Bethlehem University named its library the “Zbierski Library” as an expression of the University’s appreciation to Dr. Suava Zbierski, and her husband, Mr. Ghassan Salameh, for their generous donation to develop the University’s facilities. The naming and blessing ceremony began with the Palestinian National Anthem. Father Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President […]

The Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism welcomed its students returning from Lourdes

The Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism at Bethlehem University has welcomed its students who participated in a training course in the city of Lourdes- Paris. The students were hosted by the municipality of Lourdes through the twinning program between Bethlehem City and Lourdes. This training course lasted for two months during their summer vacation; […]

‘Walk and Talk’ for School Students in Bethlehem – Fadel Abdeen Vocational School for Girls

Finding a way to engage with youth is always a big challenge, this is why as Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and the Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC), we support interactive activities proposed by our partners. On the 27th of September 2022, Bethlehem University hosted a group of 21 girls and their teachers coming from Fadel […]

‘Walk and Talk’ for School Students in Bethlehem – Al Khansa High School

Bethlehem University hosted a group of 22 girls and their teachers coming from Al Khansa High School in Yatta. The girls participated in the ‘Walk and Talk’ activity which took them around the historical center of Bethlehem, in order to discover some of the main components of ‘Start Your Business’ project, funded by the Italian […]

SIRA – Special Education School visits BU Library

On Wednesday and Thursday, 21st and 22nd of September 2022, two groups of 46 students from SIRA – Special Education School in Bethlehem visited Bethlehem University Library accompanied by their teachers. Ms. Mary Morcos, along with members of the Turathuna team, and the Director of the Library, Ms. Elizabeth D’souza welcomed them. Ms. Morcos explained […]

Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) organized an Agriculture Hackathon

Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) at Bethlehem University in collaboration with Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), hosted its first-ever Agriculture Hackathon as a crucial part of a project supported by the Spanish Development Cooperation to economically empower Palestinian women and young farmers in agriculture, allowing them to gain access to new marketing channels. Individuals and groups […]

Chilean Ambassador delivers donated equipment

The first of its kind in Palestine On Thursday, 8 September 2022, H.E. Chilean Ambassador Christian Hodges-Nugent, and his deputy Mr. Ricardo Cardenas delivered a donated Portable Electro Cardiogram device to Bethlehem University’s Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences. Ms. Mariam Awad, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Mr. Youil Anastas, Vice […]

Bethlehem University Celebrates the Graduation of its Forty-Sixth Cohort

On August Thursday and Friday 18th and 19th, 2022, Bethlehem University celebrated the graduation of its Forty-Sixth cohort which consisted of 641 graduates, holders of master’s and bachelors and diplomas from various faculties and specializations. The celebration was attended by the Apostolic Nuncio in Jerusalem and Palestine, Mgr Adolfo Tito Yllana, the Chancellor of Bethlehem […]

BBI & YSBC – Provision of Branding and Website Development Services

At Bethlehem University, Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) organized a workshop for the incubated and accelerated startups to start the work on designing, branding and developing websites for their businesses. In parallel with the work on developing the business plans with their mentors, the entrepreneurs joined this workshop to know […]

Professor Jamil Khader wins Award for Excellence in Scientific Research

Prof Jamil Khader, Dean of Research and Professor of English at Bethlehem University, received the 2022 Arab American University Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences category.  He shared this award with Dr. Maha Samman from Alquds University. Prof Khader won this award for his article, “The Architectural Parallax, Neoliberal […]

Capacity Building Training with University of Florence

The Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) at University of Florence in Italy implemented a two-day training for the team of the Yunus Social Business Centre at Bethlehem University as part of the capacity building program for the team in Palestine within Start Your business Project. Dr. Enrico Testi, the Director of the Yunus Social Business […]

Bethlehem University Participates in the Social Business Day

The Yunus Social Business Center – YSBC at Bethlehem University participated in the 12th Social Business Day which was hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus from June 27- 30, 2022. The theme this year was: Building a New Civilisation—Before the Current Civilisation Destroys Us. More than 150+ speakers including 30 globally prominent speakers, 14 […]

Students Develop Three Mobile Applications for Startups

As part of their graduation projects, some Software Engineering students developed three mobile applications and a website for three incubated startups at the Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and Yunus Social Business Center (YSBC) at Bethlehem University.   The BBI & YSBC are working to provide students with opportunities to get real working experience and prepare […]

Swiss Representative to Palestine visited Bethlehem University

H.E. Ambassador Maya Tissafi, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division of the Directorate of Political Affairs in Bern, Ms. Justine Hessler Deputy Head of Division and Regional Coordinator (Middle East), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, MENA Division, and H.E. Mr. Viktor Vavricka, Swiss Representative to Palestine, visited Bethlehem University and in particular […]

Through the support of Bethlehem University Yunus Social Business Center

Through the support of Bethlehem University’s Yunus Social Business Center, Ma’an Lil-Hayat (L’Arche Bethlehem) was able to celebrate the opening of their boutique hotel in Bethlehem. This hotel is the first of its kind in the city. It will be staffed by persons with and without intellectual disabilities to provide top-class high-quality services in accommodating […]

Launching the Incubation and Acceleration for 32 Startups

32 business and social business ideas joined the journey to transform their ideas into startups and/or develop their existing startups to enhance their work and scale it up, through the “Start Your Business” project (SYB). On Wednesday, 8 June 2022 the Yunus Social Business Center (YSBC) organized a launching event of the incubation/ acceleration of […]

An Interview with Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mohammad Najajreh

Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem University and Birzeit University. A Palestinian born in Beit Sahour, he is the founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University.  He previously served on the faculties of the University of […]

Software Engineering Department Hold Graduation Projects Exhibition

The Software Engineering Department at Bethlehem University organized an exhibition of graduation projects for the second cohort of software engineering students, the Shireen Abu Akleh cohort, on Wednesday, 1 June 2022. A total of thirty students who will graduate in Spring 2022 participated in 12 different projects that were presented in the Auditorium on campus. […]

Bethlehem University, Al-Aqsa University sign MoU

Bethlehem University and Al-Aqsa University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, 1 June 2022. The MoU aimed at serving the people of Palestine in Gaza in the area of Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) educational courses and strengthening the Chain of Survival. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and the Acting President of Al-Aqsa University […]

Bethlehem University Launches Golden Jubilee Logo

As Bethlehem University prepares for its 50th year since its inception and will celebrate the Golden Jubilee next academic year, Bethlehem University unveiled on Monday, 30 May 2022, the jubilee logo which contains the number fifty and the bell tower in its center in addition to the slogan “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”. The […]

EntreprenHer challenge: Women and Social Entrepreneurship

The Bethlehem Business Incubator and Yunus Social Business Center at Bethlehem University held the “EntreprenHer challenge: Women and Social Entrepreneurship” on campus on Friday and Saturday, 27-28 May 2022 in which 54 Palestinian women entrepreneurs participated. The event aimed at inviting women entrepreneurs with social entrepreneurial ideas or existing businesses to work together over two […]

Al-Qubeibeh Nursing Students Hold Workshops

On Thursday, 12 May 2022, fourth-year nursing students organized a workshop for third-year students within the course of Nursing Management “NURS 350” where they invited Al-Qubeibeh’s graduates who obtained their master’s degree to present their theses. On Thursday, 19 May 2022, and within the course of Profession Nursing Foundation NURS 355, fourth-year students conducted a […]

Brother Armin Luistro, FSC, Elected Superior General

The Vice Chancellor, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students at Bethlehem University extend their warmest congratulations to Brother Armin Luistro, FSC, on being elected as Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools during its 46th General Chapter in […]

Creative Writing Contest Reading Session Held

The English Department held a reading session and award distribution on Thursday, 12 May 2022, for the winning students of its Fifth Creative Writing Competition which was open to all university students this spring semester.  Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray congratulated the winners and then distributed the awards along with the Vice President for Academic […]

Grand Master of the EOHSJ Visits Bethlehem University

The Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni accompanied by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa and the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine and Chancellor of Bethlehem University His Excellency Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, […]

Bethlehem University Inaugurates the First Mobile Museum

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University organized an event at Bethlehem Secondary School for Girls to launch the first mobile educational exhibition of its kind in Palestine on Tuesday, 10 May 2022. As part of the “Unity and Diversity in Nature and Society” project funded by the European Union, the mobile […]

Lecture: “Higher Education Systems in Settler Colonial Contexts”

The Office of the Dean of Research (DOR) organized a lecture titled, “Higher Education Systems in Settler Colonial Contexts,” the eleventh of the Bethlehem University Research Group series for the 2021-2022 academic year, on Wednesday March 9. Mr. Ben Norquist, a Ph.D. candidate at Azusa Pacific University, presented an overview of his study, which focuses on higher education in the […]

British Council Visit to Bethlehem University

Mr. Martin Daltry, the Director of the British Council in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Ms. Merna Kassis, Scholarships/Higher Education Coordinator at the British Council, visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday 2 March 2022.   On their visit, Mr. Daltry and Ms. Kassis met with Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Prof. Jamil […]

Publishing in International Peer-reviewed Journals on ScienceOpen

The Office of the Dean of Research held a webinar titled, “Publishing in International Peer-reviewed Journals on ScienceOpen”, the ninth of the Bethlehem University Research Group series for the 2021-2022 academic year, on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Dr. Stephanie Dawson, the Executive Director of ScienceOpen, introduced the platform, whose database, which includes over 75 million […]

Mrs. Wedad Abu-Dayyeh’s  Academic Excellence Award – 2022”

For the fourth consecutive year, Bethlehem University Tourism Institute (BUTi) is delighted to announce for the prize of: “Mrs. Wedad Abu-Dayyeh’s  Academic Excellence Award in the Field of Hotel Management & Tourism for the Year 2022” to a fourth year female student in the BSc. Program of Hotel Management, who manages to earn the highest […]

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan Workshops

Within the national efforts carried out by the Environmental Quality Authority (EQA) in partnership with the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability / Bethlehem University (PIBS / BU) to prepare and update The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), ten workshops were held with governmental and private institutions and relevant national experts on various […]

Swiss Representative to Palestine Visits Campus

H.E. Mr. Viktor Vavricka, Swiss Representative to Palestine, and Mrs. Laetitia Kirianoff Crimmins, Deputy Ambassador, visited Bethlehem University on Monday, 31 January 2022. The Executive Vice President Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal and the Director of Marketing and Communications Office Yazan Al-Zubaidy welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the latest development projects within the University’s strategic […]

Spring 2022 Opening Meeting Provides Updates to Faculty and Staff

Bethlehem University held its faculty and staff meeting on Friday, 28 January 2022, in the auditorium to mark the beginning of the spring 2022 semester. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Irene Hazou, presided over the meeting which began with a reflection by Brother Mark Logtenber, Assistant Coordinator of Institutional Values. Dr. Hazou gave Vice […]

Bethlehem University Wins Platinum Shield for Healthy Sports Campus

Bethlehem University won the Platinum Shield in the Healthy Sports Campus Competition which is organized by the Arab Universities Sports Federation (Arab USF). The President of the Arab USF, Dr. Saeed Hamad Alhassani, congratulated the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, Brother Peter Bray, on winning the Platinum Shield. Dr. Alhassani’s letter read “I am pleased […]

Midnight Mass Held at Chapel of the Divine Child

Every year on Christmas Eve, the Chapel of the Divine Child at Bethlehem University is a site of joy and worship when faculty, staff, and friends of Bethlehem University gather to celebrate Christmas during the Midnight Mass. This special Mass, which was presided over by Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, […]

BU present at the International Arab Conference on Information Technology

Bethlehem University graduate Afrah Mousa (BU’20) of the Software Engineering Department participated in the International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT) in Oman from 21 to 23 December 2021, to present her graduation project. Her project was titled “DiscimusRW: An E-Learning Web Application for Classifying Random Walks with Machine Learning”. Afrah developed a web-based online system based […]

Webinar: Environmental research leading to conservation and sustainability in Palestine

The Dean of Research and the Research Council held a webinar titled, “Environmental research leading to conservation and sustainability in Palestine,” Thursday, December 16, 2021. Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mr. Elias Handal, from the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, provided an overview of the research activities, educational programs, and other outreach plans they have […]

Bethlehem University Holds Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bethlehem University held its annual Christmas tree lighting and Christmas party on Thursday, 09 December 2020, in De La Salle building where dozens of students, faculty, and staff gathered. The ceremony, which was organized by the Dean of Students Office, began with a musical performance by the Shepherd’s Boy and Girl Scout Troop. Executive Vice […]

Bethlehem University Sports Teams Rank High in Championships

Bethlehem University students participated in the table tennis, chess, and swimming championships which were organized by the Sports Federation of Palestinian Higher Education Institutions on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, at the Arab American University in Jenin. Student Zein Elayan came in second place in freestyle stroke and third place in butterfly stroke in the Swimming Championship, […]

First Conference on Biodiversity and Human Diversity in Palestine

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University (PIBS-BU) held the “First Palestinian Conference on Biodiversity and Human Diversity in Palestine” on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  This conference is one of the activities of the “Unity Diversity in Nature and Society” project, funded by the European Union Peacebuilding Initiative (EUPI), and implemented in […]

Swiss Research Grant Webinar

The Research and the Community Engagement Committee held an online informational webinar on a Swiss call for projects, “Research Partnership Grants,” at 5 pm, Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021. Mr. Michael Krieger, the current manager of the Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (LHMENA), introduced the call and discussed its eligibility criteria, funding regulation, and selection […]

Bethlehem University Holds Memorial of Dr. Said Ayyad

Bethlehem University held a memorial ceremony to honor Dr. Said Ayyad and revive his journalistic and academic biography on Thursday, 18 November 2021, on campus in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Information, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, Palestine TV, and the Municipalities of Bethlehem Governorate. In his speech, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter […]

Workshop on Good Research and its Traits

The Office of the Dean of Research held an interactive workshop titled, “Good Research and its Traits,” the fourth in the Research and Creativity colloquia series for the 2021-2022 academic year, on Thursday, 11 November 2021. The workshop was attended by faculty members from the English Department, Arabic Department, the Humanities Department, the Math Department, and the Software […]

Bethlehem University and Environmental Quality Authority Conclude National Report on Biodiversity

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) – Bethlehem University, in partnership with the Environmental Quality Authority (EQA), held a workshop to conclude the activities of the Sixth National Report on Biodiversity on Monday, 9 November 2021. The workshop also aimed to launch activities to update and prepare the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action […]

Deir Beit Gamal: Heritage, Community Engagement, and Research

In cooperation with the Department of Humanities and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Office of the Dean of Research held a forum titled, “Deir Beit Gamal: Heritage, Community Engagement, and Research,” on Thursday, 4 November 2021, in Furno Hall. The forum aimed to introduce the Bethlehem University community to […]

Bethlehem University Magazine is Out!

We are delighted to present to you our latest Bethlehem University Magazine (volume 29 issue #1). You will read exciting and inspiring stories in this issue, dedicated to life on campus. Highlights in this issue include: – Campus Back to Life– First Center for Students and Visitors– Bethlehem University Dedicates Newest Building on Campus– Reflections on a […]

Bethlehem University and Latin Patriarchate launches “Afaq” project

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in partnership with the Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) / Bethlehem University, held a meeting on Friday, 29 October 2021, at the Latin Patriarchate School in Taybeh to launch the project of “Afaq”, a project that aims to empower Christian youth and women in Palestine. The meeting which was hosted […]

Workshop on Publishing Research Projects

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council held an interactive workshop titled, “Previous unpublished studies: can it be published and where?”, the third in the Research and Creativity colloquia series for the 2021-2022 academic year, on Thursday, 28 October 2021. The workshop was attended by faculty members from Sciences, Education, Nursing and Health […]

Students Conduct Awareness Workshop on Breast Cancer

Four third-year Qubeibeh nursing students conducted a workshop for first-year students entitled “Breast Cancer Awareness” on Monday, 25 October 2021, in cooperation with Professional Lab and two nutritionists. The Professional Lab staff gave a presentation and the students explained and demonstrated how breast examinations are performed. The workshop included electrical measurements for body weight, fluids, […]

Colloquium on Inclusive Education

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council held a colloquium titled, “Inclusive education and teaching methods for school students with learning difficulties,” the second in the Research and Creativity colloquia series for the 2021-2022 academic year, on Thursday, 21 October 2021. Mr. Rizek Sleibi, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, presented the results of […]

First Pilgrim Group Since Start of COVID-19

The Catholic Theological Union group from the United States visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. The first visiting pilgrim group after an absence of about a year and a half following the outbreak of COVID-19. Father Donald Senior, Professor of New Testament, Chancellor, President Emeritus at Catholic Theological Union along with Ms. Colleen Kennedy […]

Representative of Malta in Palestine Visits Campus

H.E. Mr. Franklin Aquilina, Representative of the Republic of Malta to Palestine, visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 21 October 2021. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray briefed H.E. Mr. Aquilina on the latest development projects carried out by Bethlehem University within its five-year plan, which includes a comprehensive review of all aspects of work at the […]

Patriarch Pizzaballa Celebrates Mass of Holy Spirit at Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University marked the beginning of the new academic year 2021-2022 with its traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit. This year’s liturgy took place on Thursday, 14 October 2021, at the University’s Chapel of the Divine Child. The main celebrant of the mass was His Beatitude Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, together […]

University Rankings Workshop in Palestine

Dr. Muna Matar, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Prof. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research, participated in a virtual workshop on University Rankings in Palestine that was organized by the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC) / Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research on Saturday, 3 October 2021. The workshop’s objective was to […]

Bethlehem University Participates in Counseling Workshop

The Dean of Students Office, represented by Mrs. Enass Elias, participated in a specialized workshop on counseling activities for high school students which was organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Education on Wednesday, 29 September 2021. The workshop aimed to discuss the different strategies used to introduce […]

Executive Vice President Meets President Mahmoud Abbas

On Tuesday, 21 September 2021, Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University, met President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential headquarters within the delegation of Palestinian university presidents, and in the presence of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Mahmoud Abu Mowais. President Mahmoud Abbas said it is important to […]

Executive Vice President to Serve on New Term of the Higher Education Council

Bethlehem University, represented by Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, the Executive Vice President, was chosen to be a member of the Council for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Palestine which was formed to serve in the current two-year term based on a presidential decree issued on 18 August 2021 and the recommendation of the Council […]

Bethlehem University Dedicates Newest Building on Campus

Bethlehem University dedicated its new building, the John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall, in a ceremony held on Monday, 6 September 2021.  This new facility was named in honor of His Eminence John Patrick Cardinal Foley, the late Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, who was a great friend of Bethlehem University. […]

Bethlehem University, Pontifical Mission Sign Agreement

Bethlehem University signed an agreement with the Pontifical Mission on 24 August 2021 to supply electricity generated by solar panels, funded by the German Misereor Foundation. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray said “What the Pontifical Mission is doing with this project is helping us significantly to sustain our budget, and for this, we are incredibly […]

Faculty, Staff Meeting Marks Beginning of New Academic Year

On Friday, 3 September 2021, Bethlehem University faculty and staff members assembled at the University’s Auditorium to greet one another, catch up on the latest university news, and meet new members. Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs, presided over the meeting, welcomed everyone back on campus, and made University announcements. Brother Peter Iorlano, […]

Bethlehem University, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Sign Two MoUs

Bethlehem University signed two Memorandums of Understanding with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on campus on Friday, 27 August 2021. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and the Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem Mr. Sami AlYoussef signed both agreements. The first agreement is titled “Education Formation for Religious School Teachers in Ramallah […]

Bethlehem University Welcomes Taiwanese Delegation

H.E. Mr. Benjamin C. P. Hong, Counselor and Acting Chief of Mission, Mr. Louis Meng-hsueh Chiang, Third Secretary, and Ms. Hannah Wen-Chuan Liao, Third Secretary, visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 10 August 2021. Executive Vice President Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, Vice President for Advancement Brother Belayneh Medhanit, and Director of Advancement Ms. Dalia Qumsieh welcomed […]

Slovak Delegation on Campus for a Visit

Bethlehem University welcomed H.E. Mr. Jozef Hudec, Head of the Slovak Representative Office, and H. E. Mr. George Jabra, Slovakian Honorary Consul in Bethlehem on Tuesday, 10 August 2021. Executive Vice President Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, Vice President for Advancement Brother Belayneh Medhanit, and Director of Advancement Ms. Dalia Qumsieh welcomed the delegation. Rev. Dr. […]

Korean Ambassador Visits Bethlehem University

H.E. Mr. Si-Jin Song, the Representative of the Republic of Korea to Palestine, along with Ms. Julie Hashweh, from the Representative Office, visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray, Vice President for Advancement Brother Belayneh Medhanit, and Director of Advancement Ms. Dalia Qumsieh welcomed Mr. Song, on his first […]

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Agreement with universities in four countries on sustainable tourism within the CROSSDEV project

Bethlehem University signs cross-border agreement with four other universities on sustainable tourism Bethlehem University, represented by the Vice-Chancellor Br. Peter Bray, signed a cross-border agreement with four other universities in three Mediterranean countries to cooperate to create strong communities and to design people-centered tourist experiences, within the EU-funded CROSSDEV project. In addition to the Institute […]

Lithuanian Ambassador on Campus for a Visit

On Friday, 30 July 2021, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and Director of Advancement Ms. Dalia Qumsieh welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Bertas Venckaitis with his wife, Ina, on their first visit to Bethlehem University since assuming office. Brother Peter briefed the Ambassador about Bethlehem […]

Bethlehem University Mourns Death of Msgr. Conor Ward

The Bethlehem University community is mourning the death of a longtime friend and supporter Monsignor Conor Ward who passed away peacefully on Sunday, 18 July 2021, in Dublin. Prof. Msgr. Conor Ward was a founding member of the Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland and served as its honorary treasurer for many years. Msgr. Ward […]

Keys Custodian of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Visits Campus

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre keys Custodian and the Holy Grave Seal Holder, Mr. Adeeb Jawad Joudeh al-Husseini, along with Al-Mahed (Nativity) TV Station Founder and Director, Mr. Samir Qumsieh, visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 14 July 2021. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed them on campus and briefed them on the mission of Bethlehem […]

Students Go on Educational Hiking Trip

The Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism organized an educational hiking trip in June for third and fourth-year students. The trip was organized in cooperation with Palestine hiking trails and funded by the Institute’s Italian partners The International Committee for the Development of Peoples (Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli – CISP). The educational […]

Honoring Best Software Engineering Graduation Project

The Department of Software Engineering at Bethlehem University held an honoring event on Friday, 9 July 2021, to honor the best graduation project for the class of 2021. Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Michel Hanania, Department of Software Engineering Chairperson, Dr. Suhail Odeh, Department’s faculty members, and students attended the event. Dr. Hanania […]

Bethlehem University Celebrates 45 Graduation Ceremonies

Bethlehem University held the 45th graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, 29 June 2021, and Thursday, 1 July 2021, conferring the degrees on 746 graduates from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Science, and the Tarek Juffali Faculty of […]

Faculty Members Reflect on New Methods of Teaching

One year has passed since the first Covid-19 case was discovered in Bethlehem. Ever since, Bethlehem University has developed ways to deal with virtual education. New methods of teaching were incorporated to cope with post-Covid-19 pandemic higher education.  As students need some semblance of normalcy, Bethlehem University faculty members adopted new online teaching methods that […]

Grand Opening of the Biodiversity Center

The Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University organized an opening ceremony for the recently established Biodiversity Center on Monday, 21 June 2021, within the Unity and Diversity in Nature and Society project funded by the European Union. Project Manager, Linda Majaj, welcomed the guests and gave introductory remarks. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Name Bethlehem University in Your Will and Create a Lasting Legacy in the Holy Land

Margaret Sa’d Endowed Scholarship “I live with my parents and two sisters in Beit Sahour. I have a twin sister who studies Software Engineering at Bethlehem University. My father used to work in an olive wood factory. He lost his job shortly after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. My family has been struggling financially […]

New Master’s Program in Governance and Administration in the Public Sector

Bethlehem University is proud to announce the new Master’s program in Governance and Administration in the Public Sector (MGAPS) which have been accredited by the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission in the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.  Dean of the Faculty Dr. Fadi Kattan said this program is “the first of its […]

Software Engineering Students Present Graduation Projects

The First Cohort of the Software Engineering students, a total of 25 students who will graduate in Spring 2021, from the Faculty of Science at Bethlehem University presented their graduation projects on Tuesday, 25 May 2021, in the Auditorium. The event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ishaq Sider, Palestinian Minister of […]

Feature: Profile in Philanthropy “Mrs. Ariane Slinger”

Ariane SlingerTrustee of The Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust Bethlehem University is delighted to thank the Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust for its generous support of our Tarek Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences and its new home, the John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall.  The Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Trust’s grant underwrites […]

Webinar on Palestinian Theater

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a webinar on Palestinian Theater on Thursday, 06 May 2021, via Google Meet. As part of the Research and Creativity colloquia for the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Hala Nassar, Associate Professor of Education, discussed her research project titled, “Palestinian Theatre: Between Origins and Visions.” […]

Bethlehem University Magazine is Out!

I present to you the spring issue of Bethlehem University magazine (BUN) which is published biannually by the Advancement Office. This issue is published digitally only. In this issue, you will find interesting stories on: – Faculty Members Reflect on New Methods of Teaching– Promoting Governance and Citizenship in Palestine– Palestinian Environment: Threats and Opportunities– […]

Webinar: Promoting Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a webinar on promoting research in the humanities and social sciences on Thursday, 22 April 2021, via Google Meet. As part of the Research and Creativity colloquia for the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Sarah Irving, a Research Fellow in the Department of English, History and Creative Writing at Edge Hill University […]

Webinar on Postcolonial Zionist Literature

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a webinar on Postcolonial Zionist Literature on Thursday, 15 April 2021, via Google Meet. As part of the Research and Creativity colloquia for the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Ziyad Banishamsa, Assistant Professor in the Arabic Department, and Ms. Nadia Banishamsa, a researcher at […]

Students Participate in Research Competition

Four Bethlehem University students are participating in a research competition held by Reform organization through the “Without Restrictions” project. The organization held three training days to help students in developing their research ideas. The project aims to enable university students to use scientific research tools in the development of their societies. It also helps to […]

ITS Staff Help Students Overcome Challenges

The Dean of Students Office organized a virtual meeting for the students with staff of the Information Technology Services (ITS) Office on Thursday, 08 April 2021, which was live streamed over YouTube.   The meeting aimed to assist students in dealing with various problems, challenges, and issues related to the use of technology while studying […]

Students Participate in Workshop on values of Democracy, Human Rights, and Gender

Four Bethlehem University students and a staff from the Dean of Students Office participated in a workshop entitled “Together towards promoting the values of democracy, human rights, and gender” that was held in Jericho on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 and 7 April 2021. The workshop discussed important issues including Palestinian student’s life, the role of […]

Webinar: The Future of Electronics

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a webinar on Infertility in Palestine on Thursday, 08 April 2021, via Google Meet. As part of the Research and Creativity colloquia for the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Jamal Ghabboun, Associate Professor in the Physics Department, discussed his research project titled, “The Future […]

Senior Occupational Therapy Students meet Howard University Students

The senior occupational therapy students of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University met online with students from Howard University, Washington. Those in the meeting are engaged in research for their seminar courses, and the Howard University students are conducting research for a master’s degree. The meeting began with a presentation by each […]

Webinar on Palestinian Literature

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a webinar on Palestinian literature on Thursday, 25 March 2021, via Google Meet. As part of the Research and Creativity colloquia for the 2020-2021 academic year, Dr. Zein AlAwawda, Associate Professor in the Arabic Department, discussed his research project titled, “The Ideological Context and […]

BU Nursing Students meet with King’s College London Students

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, at King’s College London represented by Dr. Jaqualyn Moore and the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, at Bethlehem University represented by Dean Mariam Awad organized a virtual international workshop on Wednesday, 10 March 2021.   The workshop aimed to connect nursing students from both […]

Archbishop Girelli, Chancellor of Bethlehem University appointed in India

On Saturday, 13 March 2021, The Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli as the Apostolic Nuncio to India. Back in September 2017, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Girelli as the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine. By right of office, the Apostolic Delegate becomes the Chancellor of Bethlehem University, serving as the Holy See’s […]

University Community Remembers Brother Joe in Memorial Mass

The Bethlehem University community celebrated the life and remembered the dedication of Brother Joseph Loewenstein, FSC, in a memorial mass on Friday, 26 February 2021, in the Chapel of the Divine Child on campus. Presiding over the memorial mass, Father Peter DuBrul, S.J., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, remembered Brother Joe’s love for the University. […]

Bethlehem University Holds Second Town Hall Meeting

Bethlehem University held a Town Hall meeting over Microsoft Teams for its employees on Thursday, 18 February 2021, to discuss the second phase of the ongoing project entitled Bethlehem University: Towards a Sustainable Future.  This second Town Hall meeting was conducted by the two consultants that the University contracted with the funding of Porticus international […]

Bethlehem University Students’ Literary Creativity

In cooperation with the Arabic Department, the Dean of Students Office organized a discussion entitled “Bethlehem University students’ Literary Creativity” on Thursday, 11 February 2021. Student Hala Natsheh read from her story which won first place in the short story competition organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in partnership with the […]

Webinar: The Palestinian Innovation Ecosystem and Research Opportunities

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a webinar on a Swiss initiative that aims at enhancing the Palestinian innovation ecosystem and the opportunities for research development, collaboration, and partnership with the private sector. Several faculty and staff members attended the webinar which was held virtually via Google Meet on […]

Students Win First Place at Joint Contest with Hanshin University – South Korea

The Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) at Bethlehem University held a session to announce the winners of a competition that was between Palestinian University students and students from Hanshin University in South Korea on Friday, 29 January 2021, through Zoom. In his opening speech, Brother Peter Bray congratulated the winners and emphasized the importance of […]

Spring 2021 Semester Starts with Online Faculty and Staff Meeting

Bethlehem University held its biannual faculty and staff meeting online over Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, to mark the beginning of the spring 2021 semester. Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs, presided over the meeting, welcomed faculty and staff, and began the meeting by commemorating Dr. Nancy Elias, faculty member in the […]

Bethlehem University Participates in PSSF Second Virtual Fundraiser

Bethlehem University representatives participated in a virtual event for the Palestinian Students Scholarship Fund (PSSF) that was held on Saturday, 23 January 2021. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray, Development Officer Ms. Shahinda Nassar, and two scholarship recipients attended the virtual fundraiser event entitled “The PSSF Brightening the Future of Palestinian Students.” The main goal was […]

Academic Symposium on Sharing Experiences in Online Learning

Bethlehem University held a symposium on Sharing Experiences in Online Learning on Wednesday, 20 January 2021, via Google Meet. Over 50 academics from different Palestinian universities participated in the online symposium that was organized by the Academic Office. The symposium, which was moderated by the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Muna Matar, aimed […]

Students Qualify to the Arab Collegiate Programming Contest

Bethlehem University team Runtime Error qualified to participate in the 2021 ACM Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) which will be held in Luxor City, Egypt from 19-23 March 2021. Over 120 teams will participate from over 12 Arab countries. The team consisted of three Software Engineering program students who were Danial Sleibi, Khader Ballout, and […]

COVID-19 and University Students

When COVID-19 started spreading in Palestine, and the Palestinian Prime Minister announced the coronavirus lockdown, Dr. Hanan Saca-Hazboun, Assistant Professor in the Tarek Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Science, teamed up with Dr. Ahmed Fasfous, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts, and Mr. Fadel Sawayfa, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, to investigate […]

Bethlehem University Celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

The Christmas Midnight Mass was held in the Chapel of the Divine Child at Bethlehem University with limited participation amid the pandemic. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, H.E. Mark Bailey, Australian Representative to Palestine, Andrew Carey, CNN Jerusalem Bureau Chief, and a few faculty, staff, and students attended the mass. The Executive Vice President […]

Empowering Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

The lives of students and their families have been significantly affected by the closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Bethlehem University ensured that students with disabilities continue to receive quality education while transitioning to remote learning.  The Resource Center for Students with Disabilities has been working day and night to ensure the success of its […]

New Volume of the Bethlehem University Journal Published

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Bethlehem University Journal‘s editorial board are pleased to announce the publication of a new special volume (37) of the Bethlehem University Journal on Jstor. This special volume, which was guest-edited by Dr. Abeer Musleh, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, is titled, “Youth engagement: from local communities to transnational […]

Brother Vincent Malham Center Awards Certificates to its Foreign Students

On Monday, 30 November 2020, a graduation ceremony was held at the Bethlehem University Millennium Lounge for foreign students undergoing courses in Arabic Language which are conducted via the Brother Vincent Malham Center. Ms. Nadia Bany Shamsa, Arabic Teacher for Foreigners, began the ceremony by welcoming the graduates and congratulating them on their performance and […]

Social Sciences Department Launches Child Protection Curriculum

The Department of Social Sciences at Bethlehem University launched a new book titled “Social Work Curriculum including Child Protection Modules” in partnership with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia, the Ministry of Social Development, and the Islamic University in Gaza. Through this curriculum, the Department aims to […]

Register to the Master in Tourism Studies Program

It is possible now to register to the Master in Tourism Studies Program (MRTS). The program is a two-year postgraduate course which aims at providing an in-depth analysis of the main academic and technical issues whose knowledge represents an asset for the development of the tourism industry in Palestine. The Master’s program is multidisciplinary: it […]

Bethlehem University magazine is out!

Dear Friends, Supporters, and Graduates of Bethlehem University, Greetings from Bethlehem! We are glad to present to you the Bethlehem University News magazine (BUN) which is published biannually by the Advancement Office. Due to COVID-19, this issue is published digitally only. Highlights in this issue include: – Students Share Remote Learning Experiences– Research: COVID-19 and […]

Challenges and Achievements of Higher Education under Occupation

Prof. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research and Prof. of English, participated in a webinar titled, “Challenges and Achievements of Higher Education under Occupation,” which was organized by the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) on Wednesday, 11 November 2020. Prof. Khader talked about the history of Bethlehem University, its mission and values, and shared a promotional view on […]

“With All due Respect”

Students Hanna Stephan and Zein Bannoura participated in a play titled “With all due respect” which was performed on Saturday, 7 November 2020, in Al-Kasaba Theater and Cinematheque in Ramallah. This performance comes within the student empowerment project implemented by Al-Kasaba Theater and Cinematheque, in partnership and support of the Drosos Foundation, and in cooperation with five […]

COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

The Dean of Students’ Office at Bethlehem University organized an awareness campaign in cooperation with Misericordia “Mercy” of Bethlehem on Wednesday, 11 November 2020. Students of the Health Committee together with volunteers of the Misericordia of Bethlehem went around campus to talk to students on the importance of following preventive measures against COVID-19. Bethlehem University […]

Bethlehem University Signs Cooperation Agreement with Qatar Permanent Committee

On Wednesday, 11 November 2020, the Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University, Rev. Dr. Iyad Twal, and the Secretary of Qatar’s Permanent Committee for the Support of Jerusalem, Major General Bilal An-Natsheh, signed a cooperation agreement that aims primarily at supporting Jerusalem students enrolled at the University. Rev. Dr. Iyad welcomed the delegation and praised […]

Lecture on Epilepsy in Palestine

The Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council organized a colloquium on epilepsy in Palestine. The event, which was attended by several faculty members from different departments, was held virtually via Google Meet on Thursday, 5 November 2020. Prof. Moien Kanaan, the Director of Hereditary Research Laboratory, and Ms. Christina Canavati, lab […]

Bethlehem University Holds 44th Graduation Ceremonies

The usual graduation plans, that were supposed to be held in June, have been derailed by the coronavirus. Bethlehem University decided to hold four in-person graduation ceremonies in November. This extended schedule is due to an effort to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Bethlehem University conferred degrees upon Graduates of the Faculty of Arts, […]

Congratulations to the New Latin Patriarch

The Board of Trustees, the Board of Regents, the Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students of Bethlehem University congratulates His Beatitude Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, on his appointment as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, after serving as the Apostolic Administrator for the past four years. His Beatitude is a good friend of Bethlehem University from the time […]

“Create Debate training” program

Kate Kheir, a student majoring in English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, participated in the “Create Debate training” program. This program aimed to train Palestinian youth on the techniques and tools of public speaking, debate, mass communication, and to empower and train youth to be responsible citizens, democratic activists, and ambassadors of […]

Lasallian Dialogue on Racism: A Global Pandemic

Prof. Jamil Khder, Dean of Research and the editor-in-chief of the Bethlehem University Journal, served on a live stream panel titled, “Global Perspectives on Racism,” which was held on Thursday, 24 September 2020. On this panel, speakers from various Lasallian universities from the United States, Guatemala, the Philippines, and Palestine spoke about the various dimensions of […]

Bethlehem University Mourns the Death of Brother Régis-Claude Robbe, FSC

Bethlehem University mourns the death of Brother Regis-Claude Robbe, FSC, the former Provincial of the Proche-Orient District. Brother Robbe passed away peacefully in Cairo on Friday, 18 September 2020, at the age of 83. He spent most of his life serving Lasallian Schools in the Middle East. He visited Bethlehem University in 2012 accompanying Brother […]

Professor Qumsiyeh Donates Award Money to PIBS, Bethlehem University

Prof. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University received the prestigious “2020 Paul K. Feyerabend Award – A World of Solidarity is Possible.” Prof. Qumsiyeh said he accepted the award on behalf of the team at the Palestine Institute […]

Training of Science Teachers Held on Campus

Three faculty members at the Faculty of Science gave 30 primary school teachers a training entitled “Improving Science Education in Primary Schools of Palestine – Second Phase” for four consecutive days last month in the Faculty of Science labs. Chairperson of the Biology Department Dr. Ghassan Handal, Lab Assistant at the Chemistry Department Mr. Tanas […]

New Library Director

We would like to welcome Ms. ELIZABETH D’SOUZA, a member of the Teresian Association, as the new Library Director of Bethlehem University for the academic year 2020-2021. If you would like to be in touch with her, the contact details are: Email:  edsouza@bethlehem.edu Office number is ext. 2024. Our warm congratulatory wishes to Elizabeth as we bid […]

Book dates to 1907 at BU Library

The Historical Geography of the Holy Land: especially in relation to the history of Israel and of the early Church by George Adam Smith, D.D. (a short overview) This rare book on its 4th edition dated MCMVII (1907) published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, offers the readers an interesting treatise on the history of Palestine […]

New Programs Offered for Class of 2024

Bethlehem University received hundreds of applications for the newly offered programs that were launched with the Fall 2020 cohort. The Office of Academic Affairs has gained accreditations from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for a Master’s Degree in Oncology and Palliative Care, a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a Minor in […]

Bethlehem University Mourns the Passing of Mr. Jose Said

Bethlehem University mourns the passing of Mr. Jose Said, a true friend and supporter in the mission of education. Mr. Said has supported Bethlehem University through the Belen 2000 Fundacion for many years. His recent donation was for the construction of the Nursing building, soon to be completed.  The Physiotherapy Clinic in the ground floor will be named after the […]

Call for new start-ups, already existing businesses, and social businesses

Do you have an innovative idea or business? Are you thinking to develop your business to something else to overcome the economic crisis? Do you want to establish a business that also benefits the society providing a missing product/service or creating employment? The Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and the Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) of […]

Register to the Master in Tourism Studies Program

It is possible now to register to the Master in Tourism Studies Program (MRTS). The program is a two-year postgraduate course which aims at providing an in-depth analysis of the main academic and technical issues whose knowledge represents an asset for the development of the tourism industry in Palestine. The Master’s program is multidisciplinary: it […]

Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences \ Qubeibeh

Qubeibeh Nursing students complete requirements on site After the decision of Bethlehem University to start receiving small groups of students for continuing nursing lab practice; groups of 6 to 7 students were called into the Qubeibeh Nursing facility on Monday 8/6/2020 to complete the spring fundamental nursing lab requirement with Mr Mohammad Ayyash and Sr […]

Two Faculty Members Win Research Grants in Quebec

Dr. Jamil Khader and Dr. Zein Al-Abideen Al-Awawdeh awarded research grants Dr. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research and Professor in the English Department, and Zein Al-Abideen Al-Awawdeh, Associate Professor in the Arabic Department, were awarded research grants through the Palestine Quebec Science Bridge (PQSB). The Bridge is funded by the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, […]

Bethlehem University Education Alumna Brings Her Elementary Pupils to the Library

“Sowing Hope, Touching Hearts” Ms. Nour Al-Madboh, a 1996 Education graduate of Bethlehem University, along with her co-teacher, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Mr. Mohammad Sadek has come to the University Library on two occasions to orient their young pupils with what a learning resource center is all about. The young third-grade pupils were toured around the Library, noiselessly, as they […]

Christmas Midnight Mass Celebrated at Chapel

Bethlehem University held its Christmas Midnight Mass at the University’s Chapel of the Divine Child which was presided over by Father Iyad Twal, Chairperson of the Department of Humanities. Though the beautiful Chapel at Bethlehem University always exudes a warm atmosphere, this spirit is particularly alive on Christmas Eve, when worshippers give thanks to the […]

Swiss Delegation on Campus for a Visit

The Deputy Head of Mission at the Representative Office of Switzerland, Kirianoff Crimmins Laetitia, visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 12 December 2019. Brother Belayneh Medhanit, Vice President for Advancement, and Isaac Sahhar, Assistant Vice President for Advancement, welcomed the Deputy Head on campus. Brother Belayneh explained the latest development plans of the University including the […]

Women’s Basketball Team Wins Championship

Bethlehem University Women’s Basketball Team won the Palestinian Universities Basketball Championship that took place at Al-Quds University on Saturday, 7 December 2019. The day was filled with enthusiasm, competitive spirit and thirst for victory. Our team won first place after beating Beirzeit University’s team in the final match.   The Director of the Athletics Department […]

Students Participate in Model United Nations Conference

Fifteen Bethlehem University students participated in the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference that was held at the Caesar Hotel in Ramallah on Friday and Saturday, 29-30 November 2019. The Palestinian Institute of Public Diplomacy (PIPD) and German NGO Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) organized the Palestine Universities MUN Conference 2019.  The Conference was attended by MUN […]

Dean of Research Attends Meeting on Collaborative Research

Prof. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research, attended a meeting, organized by the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, to explore possible future collaboration and cooperation with the Royal Society of London, at the Ministry of Higher Education on Thursday, 05 December 2019, in Ramallah. The Royal Society of London, which was established in 1660, is the UK’s independent […]

New Issue of Bethlehem University Journal is Out

The Office of the Dean of Research announces the publication of the new issue of the Bethlehem University Journal, which is a special issue in the humanities, media, and literary studies that deals with Palestinian studies. The volume includes articles by different Palestinian scholars from various Palestinian universities, including Dr. Said Ayyad, Dr. Omar Abed Rabo, and Ms. Shada Abu […]

Dean of Research participates in the French Palestinian Day in Paris

Dean of Research Professor Jamil Khader participated in a meeting about academic and research collaboration between Palestinian and French universities in Campus France in Paris from 18 to 19 November 2019. The meeting was also attended by various representatives from Palestinian and French universities, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, and the Palestinian Academy for […]

BU Hosts the IX Palestinian International Chemistry Conference

Bethlehem University hosted the Ninth Palestinian International Chemistry Conference on 1-2 November 2019. The conference was organized by the Palestinian Chemical Society in coordination with Palestine Academy for Science and Technology and Bethlehem University, During the opening session, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chair of the Conference Dr. Michael Hanania welcomed the attendees […]

PSSF Board Visits Campus to Meet with Students

On Tuesday, 29 October 2019, a delegation from the Palestine Students Scholarship Fund (PSSF) visited Bethlehem University to meet with students who receive the PSSF scholarships. The delegation comprised of Malek Al-Massad, Ali Ata, Khalil Khalil, Khalil Ismail, Ziad Farhan, and Muhammad Al-Asfar. Vice President for Financial Affairs Youil Anastas, Students Finance Manager Sandy Bassous, […]

Bethlehem University, Higher Education Minister Discuss Future Cooperation

The Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu Mouis visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 24 October 2019. Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Sansour, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Irene Hazou, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Muna Matar, Deans and members of the Student Senate met with the […]

Committee of Churches Affairs Visits Campus

President of the Higher Presidential Committee of Churches Affairs, H.E. Dr. Ramzi Khoury, the Director General of the Palestinian National Fund, and General Manager of the Committee Ambassador Amira Hanania visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansour; Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Isaac Sahhar; Chair of the Printing […]

Vice Chancellor Meets Samir Aweidah

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Mr. Samir Adel Aweidah who visited campus on Monday, 21 October 2019. Brother Peter presented to Mr. Aweidah the latest development which included the engagement of the Samir Aweidah Clinical Simulation Center with the community. They both visited the Cardinal Foley Hall (Nursing Building), where the Samir Aweidah Clinical Simulation Center will be […]

Two Groups of the EOHSJ Visit Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University hosted on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ)- USA Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy and EOHSJ- USA Eastern Lieutenancy. Her Excellency Valencia Yvonne Camp, DGCH, Lieutenant of EOHSJ- USA Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy led a group of 45 people including Michael J. Ruck, Sr, KSG, KGCHS and Lady […]

Bethlehem University, Lions Club Discuss Possible Cooperation

President of the Lions Club in Bethlehem and Partner of Deloitte audit firm, Samir Sahhar, visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.  Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansur, and Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Isaac Sahhar, welcomed the guest and showed him around campus. Several aspects of cooperation were discussed during the meeting that aimed at providing […]

Mass to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Priesthood

The Jesuits of the Near East Province and the De La Salle Brothers at Bethlehem University held a mass on Saturday, 14 September 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Father Peter DuBrul’s ordination to the priesthood this year. Faculty, staff, students, and friends of Father Peter attended the Mass that was held in the Chapel of the […]

Holy Mass Marks Beginning of Academic Year

Bethlehem University celebrated the beginning of the new academic year 2019-2020 by holding the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, 5 September 2019.  The main celebrant of the mass was His Eminence Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine and a member of the Bethlehem University International Board of Regents, together […]

Bethlehem University and IFMSA Sign Agreement

A delegation from the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) in Jerusalem visited Bethlehem University to sign a service agreement.   The agreement includes providing students from the IFMSA with the Basic Life Support (BLS) Course at the American Heart Association International Training Center for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Clinical Simulation Center at the […]

A Delegation from the Representative Office of Ecuador Visits Campus

A delegation from the Representative Office of Ecuador in Palestine visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 24 July 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Dr. Luis Arellano Jibaja, the State Minister to the Ecuadorian Representative Office to Palestine, on his first visit to Bethlehem University. After a short introductory film about the University, Brother Peter […]

Bethlehem University Holds 43rd Graduation Ceremony

Bethlehem University conferred degrees upon 764 graduates during its 43rd commencement on Monday and Tuesday, 24 and 25 June 2019. The event took place at Auditorium in the Social Cultural Center in the presence of the Chancellor, H. E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli; Vice Chancellor, Br. Peter Bray; the Deans of the faculties; Faculty and Staff members; […]

Bethlehem 2000 Foundation Visits Campus

A Chilean Palestinian delegation from the Bethlehem 2000 Foundation visited Bethlehem University last week. The delegation included the Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr. Alexis Sfier; Chairman of the Palestinian Community in Chile, Mr. Maurice Khamis; and members from the Foundation.  Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansur; Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Mr. Isaac Sahhar, […]

Bethlehem University, Beit Jala Municipality to Promote Tourism

Bethlehem University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beit Jala Municipality on Friday, 14 June 2019, in the Municipality Headquarters. Vice Chancellor, Brother Peter Bray, and Beit Jala Mayor, Nicola Khamis, signed the MoU in the presence of the Director of the Institute of Community Partnership (ICP), Moussa Rabadi, and a number of the […]

15 Bethlehem University Students Visit Germany

The Department of Social Sciences at Bethlehem University has partnered with the Department of Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine – Westphalia (KatHO) in Germany for an academic exchange program that will continue for the coming 15 years. The Department’s Chairperson and program coordinator, Dr. Ferdoos Abed Rabbo Al-Issa, […]

Chilean MPs visit Bethlehem University campus

A delegation from the Chilean Parliament led by MP Sergio Gahona visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 23 May 2019. The delegation included seven members of the Chilean Parliament from different political groups in addition to members of the Palestinian community in Chile. Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Sansur welcomed the delegation and briefed them about […]

Representative of Mexico in Palestine Visits Bethlehem University

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Dr. Pedro Blanco, the Representative of Mexico in Palestine, on his first visit to Bethlehem University since assuming office in September 2018. Vice President for Advancement, Brother Denis Loft; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Irene Hazou; Communications Officer, George Rishmawi; and Brother Alejandro […]

EOHSJ – Victoria Lieutenancy Visit Campus and Engage with Students

Members of the Victoria Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) visited Bethlehem University as part of their pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land on Monday, 13 May 2019. Leading the group was Lieutenant Emeritus William Kininmonth, KC*HS, who along with his group, were greeted by Brother Denis Loft, Vice […]

EOHSJ – USA Western Lieutenancy Group on Campus for a Visit

Following the visit of H.E. Michael Scott Feeley, Lieutenant of the Western Lieutenancy, last April, Deacon Sir Ryan Adams led a pilgrimage group of members of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) on a visit to Bethlehem University on Thursday, 9 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Palestinian Minister of Culture Visits Bethlehem University

The newly appointed Palestinian Minister of Culture, Dr. Atef Abu Saif, visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Michael Sansur, welcomed Dr. Abu Saif and briefed him with the mission and history of Bethlehem University. They discussed the current preparations to celebrate Bethlehem as the Capital of Arab Culture for […]

Prominent Businessman Visits Bethlehem University

Chilean businessman of Palestinian origins, Dr. Álvaro Saieh Bendeck, visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 2 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Dr. Saieh and introduced him to Bethlehem University through an introductory tour of the campus, followed by a luncheon in the Institute of Hotel Management. Dr. Saieh expressed his admiration of the […]

Over 60 Jobs Offered at Bethlehem University’s Annual Career Day

Sponsored by Al-Mashreq Insurance Company On Wednesday, 17 April 2019, the Dean of Students Office organized the annual career day at the auditorium in which more than 35 companies and organizations participated. Around 400 work interviews were held with senior students and graduates during the event that aimed to increase employment opportunities for Bethlehem University […]

Bethlehem University, Cardinal Wyszyński University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Bethlehem University and the Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday, 15 April 2019 in the Executive Conference Room. The general purpose of this agreement is to promote collaborative research, other educational developments, and to further mutual understanding.  The signing was done by Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President, and […]

Second Annual Workshop on Software Engineering

The Department of Software Engineering at Bethlehem University held its second annual workshop on Software Engineering on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at Furno Hall. Information technology professionals and software engineers from the private sector attended the workshop in addition to members of faculty, staff and students. The workshop was sponsored by PALAst, ProGineer Technologies, iconnect […]

Social Sciences Department Holds Seventh Annual Conference

“Development in Palestine: Trends and Alternatives” The Social Sciences Department at Bethlehem University held its seventh annual conference entitled “Development in Palestine: Trends and Alternatives” sponsored by the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) on Tuesday, 02 April 2019.   This year’s conference aimed at creating a thinking space to deal with and criticize development concepts. It […]

International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Discussion Held on Campus

Bethlehem University hosted the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist discussion on Thursday, 7 February 2019. The second panel discussion on this year’s shortlist was held in Furno Hall with IPAF judge Zhang HongYi, Chair of Trustees Professor Yasir Suleiman, and Prize Administrator Fleur Montanaro. In his welcoming remarks, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]