Category: Bethlehem University News

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. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Rare Book at BU Library, dates back to 1891

Bethlehem University library has a book that features Palestine. This rare book written in English is entitled: “Among the Holy places, A Pilgrimage through Palestine” and was published by T. Fisher Unwin (first edition January 1, 1891; 386 pages). A very interesting historical volume with fascinating photographs and illustrations. The author, REV. James Kean, M.A., […]

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 […]

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 […]

Biogas Unit constructed by PIBS Volunteers

Volunteers at Bethlehem University built a Biogas Unit at the Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS).  The PIBS and its EU-funded Biodiversity Center continue to develop usable modules for education and for saving our environment. In this case, organic waste (such as kitchen waste) is digested by anaerobic bacteria (without oxygen) which then produce Methane […]

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 […]

Bethlehem University, Environment Quality Authority Sign MoU

Bethlehem University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Environment Quality Authority on Monday, 07 December 2020, at the Palestine Museum of Natural History. The Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and the Head of the Environment Quality Authority Mr. Jameel Mattor signed the MoU in the presence of the Director General of Natural Resources […]

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, […]

Creative Physical Education Classes Online

With the beginning of the new academic year, similar to other departments, the Athletics Department started their classes of physical education with remote delivery. With this transition, the Athletics Department Director, Samar Moussa, submitted an initiative to the Entrepreneurial Education in Emergency Forum (EEEF) on “The role of a physical education course in spreading health […]

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 […]

Mrs. Wedad Abu Dayyeh Academic Excellence Award Conferred upon Rona El-Yousef

On Friday, 4 September 2020, Bethlehem University organized a reception to confer upon Rona Sami El-Yousef the Academic Excellence Award in Hotel Management and Tourism established by Mrs. Wedad Abu Dayyeh. The Vice Chancellor, Br. Peter Bray, opened the ceremony by welcoming Rona’s family, Mr. Hani Abu Dayyeh, and members of the Executive Council.  Br. […]

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 […]

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Peer Initiative

CETL Fall Peer initiative hosted on 21 November 2019 Dr. Ahmad Fasfous  from the Department of Social Science to talk about integrating principles of psychology in the teaching process.   Dr. Ahmed gave a brief introduction to theories and terms and explained the importance of being aware of how memory whether short or long influence the […]

CETL In-Depth Peer Initiatives: Learner-Centered Teaching and Learning Spring 2020

No. Subject Date/ LocationB-107 Facilitated by 1  Flipped Classroom Monday 27/01/2020Thursday 30/01/202011:00-13:00 Dr. Huwaida Rabie,Mr. Alex. HadwehMr. Elias Mukarker  2 Problem-BasedLearning Monday 03/02/2020Thursday 06/02/202011:00-13:00 Ms. Paola HandalDr. Hala Nassar 3  Project-Based Learning Monday 10/02/2020Thursday 13/02/202011:00-13:00 Dr. Ahmad FasfousMs. Paola Handal  4  AssessmentStudent Card & Course Individualization   Monday 17/02/2020Thursday 20/02/202011:00-13:00 Dr. Suhail OdehMr. Mahdi Kleibo […]

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 […]

Vice Chancellor Meets ABU Executive Director

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray met with the Executive Director of the Association Bethlehem University (ABU) Switzerland Oliver Schneitter Ashton on Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Brother Peter thanked Mr. Schneitter for the work they are doing to promote the mission of Bethlehem University. Brother Peter also presented the University’s latest development projects. Mr. Schneitter also […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

New Exhibit Opens at Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University in partnership with Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil held an opening ceremony of the Ethnography Exhibit under the patronage of Bethlehem Governor, Mr. Kamel Hamid, on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President, emphasized the role of Bethlehem University in promoting cultural work through academic […]

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 […]

Bethlehem University Launches Yunus Social Business Centre

The Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration held “Bethlehem University Social Business Day” on Friday, 14 December 2018, to launch the Yunus Social Business Centre. Master of Ceremonies Dean of the Faculty Dr. Fadi Kattan welcomed the attendees and the guests who were coming from the University of Florence. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Duke University Professor Gives Lecture on Campus

Bethlehem University hosted Dr. Rebecca Stein, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, on campus on Monday, 3 December 2018. Students, Faculty, and Staff attended the lecture which was on the intersection of new media technologies and the Israeli military occupation. Dr. Stein’s lecture addressed the question: what can the study of digital media […]

Renewable Energy Project Launched at Bethlehem University

The New Urban Resources “NUR” project was launched at Bethlehem University on Thursday, 30 November 2018. The NUR project is the result of a cooperation agreement between Bethlehem and Turin municipalities and is co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation for a 3-year period. Luigi Bisceglia, VIS Representative and coordinator of the MICAD program, […]

Community Gathers for Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bethlehem University held its annual Christmas tree lighting and Christmas party on Thursday, 29 November 2018. The ceremony took place in De La Salle building where dozens of students, faculty and staff gathered. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray wished Bethlehem University community God’s blessings this Christmas season. Brother Peter and the Student Senate’s President lit […]

Cultural Heritage Protection Project Launched at the Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History – Bethlehem University held a launching event for the “Building the Capacity to Protect the Palestinian Land and Heritage through Museology and Ecotourism” Project on Tuesday, 27 November 2018. The project is funded by the British Council through the Cultural Protection Fund and is implemented by the Museum in […]

Bethlehem University Students Featured on the Front Cover of Scientific Magazine

Four Bethlehem University students were featured on the front cover of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Spring-Summer 2018 magazine. ICTP is one of the prominent scientific centers in Italy. The students, who run a science outreach program in the West Bank called Science4People, illustrated physics through simple experiments that can be done with […]

Bethlehem University Awards Honorary Doctorate to Suad Juffali

As a tribute to her contribution to education, civic services, and philanthropic activities, Bethlehem University presented Mrs. Suad Husseini Juffali with an honorary doctorate in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 30th October 2018. Bethlehem University recognized Mrs. Juffali for her longstanding and steadfast support of the University’s educational mission and disabled students with financial […]

Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism Reunion

The Alumni Relations Office at Bethlehem University organized a reunion for the graduates of the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism in the auditorium on Friday, 19 October 2018. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray, the Director of the Institute Mr. Nabil Al-Mufdi, Executive Council members, professors, and students welcomed the graduates. Alumni Relations Officer Haneen […]

Palestine Students Scholarship Fund Representatives Meet Recipients

A delegation from the Palestine Students Scholarship Fund visited Bethlehem University Campus to meet with students who receive scholarships on Thursday, 18 October 2018. The delegation comprised of Vice President Amir Darwish, Malek Al-Massad, Ali Ata, Khalil Khalil, Mohammed Abdullah, and Ziad Farhan.  Vice President for Advancement Brother Denis Loft and Development Officer Shahinda Nassar welcomed the […]

Groundbreaking Ceremony of Bethlehem University Tourism Institute

Implemented by UNRWA Bethlehem University celebrates start of work in the “Bethlehem University Tourism Institute”, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development On Tuesday, 25 September 2018, Bethlehem University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new “Bethlehem University Tourism Institute”, constructed on property purchased by the university in 2013. […]

Chairman of the Palestinian Community in Chile Meets Vice Chancellor

Maurice Khamis, a longtime friend and supporter of Bethlehem University, visited campus on Monday, 3 September 2018. Mr. Khamis is the elected chairman of the Palestinian Community in Chile who is joining a group of Chilean Parliamentarians in their visit to Palestine. During the visit, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and Mr. Khamis visited the John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall project site, […]

Chilean Parliament Delegation Visits Campus

A delegation from the Chilean Parliament visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 30 of August. The delegation included Mr. Maurice Khamis, elected chairman of the Palestinian Community in Chile, and ten members of the Chilean Parliament from different political groups.  Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, welcomed the delegation and briefed them about Bethlehem University and its mission to […]

Orientation Days for New Students

On Wednesday and Thursday, August 15th and 16th, Bethlehem University held its annual orientation for all new students. The auditorium was packed as the student body of Bethlehem University continues to increase. Around 1040 new students were accepted this academic year. Organized by the Dean of Students Office, Wednesday’s event started with introducing the new […]

Czech Republic Representatives on Campus for a Visit

A delegation from the Representative Office of the Czech Republic in Ramallah visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 2 August 2018. The delegation included Mr. Pavel Bobek, Deputy Head of Mission, and Candida Novák Horňáková, Development Cooperation and Economic Affairs Coordinator. Brother Denis Loft, Vice President for Advancement, welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the […]

Chinese Delegates Visit Bethlehem University Campus

On Friday, 13 July 2018, Bethlehem University welcomed Dr. Zachariah Abudabbouseh, professor at Northwest University in China, along with 10 Chinese delegates. The visitors were welcomed by Brother Denis Loft, Vice President for Advancement, and Ms. Amjaad Musleh, Guest Relations Officer. Brother Denis thanked the delegation for visiting Bethlehem University and hoped to establish collaboration […]

Palestinian Diaspora Delegation at Bethlehem University for a Visit

On Wednesday, 11 July 2018, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation “HCEF” brought a delegation of Palestinian youths living in the diaspora for a visit to Bethlehem University. The program, known as “Know Thy Heritage”, celebrated the return of 14 Palestinian youths living in the diaspora from 7 different countries – Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, […]

Bethlehem University Signs MOUs with 8 IT Companies

On Wednesday, 18 July 2018, Bethlehem University signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with eight Information Technology companies in Palestine. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem Univeristy, signed the MOUs together with the representatives of the companies. The aim was to provide software engineering students with opportunities of internships during their studies. This was supported […]

Chilean Professional Women Delegation Visits Campus

Bethlehem University welcomed a Chilean professional women delegation to campus on Tuesday, 3 July 2018. The delegation was welcomed by Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, Brother Denis Loft, Vice President for Advancement and Ms. Amjaad Musleh, Guest Relations Officer. The delegation was accompanied by Mr. Salim Hodali (BU’05), Manager of the Representative Office of Bank […]

Bethlehem University Celebrates 42nd Graduation Ceremony

Bethlehem University conferred degrees on 712 graduates on 25 and 26 June at the University’s 42nd annual graduation ceremony. Dr. Said Ayyad, Chairman of the Arabic Department, served as Master of Ceremonies and opened the commencement ceremony with Palestine’s national anthem. Dr. Ayyad welcomed the attendees and wished the graduates a bright future. Following the University […]

Ukrainian Delegates Visit Campus

On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, Bethlehem University welcomed H.E. Mrs. Myroslava Shcherbatyuk, Director-General for the Middle East and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ukraine. Joining her was H.E. Mr. Mykola Leschenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Palestine. The visitors were welcomed by Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Irene Hazou, Academic Vice President, Brother […]

Bethlehem University, Monetary Authority Sign MoU

Bethlehem University and the Monetary Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in the Executive Conference Room. The general purpose of this agreement is establishing a joint cooperation to serve the academic sector through joint activities including banking and finance awareness lectures. It also aims to organize practical training programs […]

Korean Delegation on Campus for a Visit

The Korean Representative to Palestine, H.E. Young-sam Choi, and a delegation from the Representative’s Office visited Bethlehem University on Monday, 21 May 2018. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor, Brother Denis Loft, Vice President for Advancement, Dr. Irene Hazou, Academic Vice President, and Dr. Mazin Qumsieh, Director of Palestine Museum of Natural History, welcomed the delegation […]

An additional floor added to the Bethlehem University Faculty of Nursing in Al-Qubeibeh

On Thursday 10 May 2018, Bethlehem University, together with the United Nations’ Development Program/Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP) and the German Representative Office celebrated the inauguration of the additional floor at Al-Qubeibeh Nursing School, built with funds from the KFW Entwicklungsbank in Germany. On 10th May 2017 the German Representative Office in […]

Colloquium on Violence

The Office of Coordinator of Institutional Values and the Religious Studies Department held a colloquium entitled “Violence:  How it forms us and how we can be self-critical about it” on Thursday, 3 May 2018. Brother Peter Iorlano, the Coordinator of Institutional Values, welcomed the attendees and hoped that the colloquium will enable the audience to […]

Students Prepare for Future at Career Day

Bethlehem University is working to support students and alumni as they shape their career paths and future livelihoods. The annual career day, held on Thursday 3 May 2018, brought potential employers together with students and graduates. Sponsored by the Arab Bank, more than 40 employers with around 70 job opportunities from the private, public, business, […]

Bethlehem University Holds Educational Business Market

The Faculty of Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub of Business Administration held its annual educational Business Market from Saturday, April 28 until Monday 30 April 2018. Senior business students implemented their final seminar projects in a real market environment where they set up their booths and sold various products. The auditorium was packed with visitors including many […]

Galilee Hospital Delegation Visits Campus

A delegation from Galilee Hospital in Nazareth visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 26 April 2018. Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansour, Vice President for Advancement, Brother Denis Loft, and Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, Mariam Awad, welcomed the delegation which included the Director of the Galilee Hospital, Eng. Salman Abu Ahmad, in addition to […]

Faculty of Science Holds Science Fair

The Faculty of Science held its two days science fair on Friday and Saturday 20-21 April 2018. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, representatives of the Bethlehem office of the Ministry of Education, faculty, staff, and students attended the opening ceremony. Dr. Michel Hanania, Dean of the Faculty of Science, welcomed the audience […]

“Why I Love Bethlehem University” Photo Exhibit

As part of the Francophonie events organized by the English Department’s French program at Bethlehem University, a photography exhibition entitled “why I love Bethlehem University” was opened  Thursday, 12 April, in De La Salle Hall. The Representative of Switzerland in Palestine, Mr. Julien Thöni, and the French Consulate’s Educational Cooperation Attaché in Jerusalem, Ms. Marie-Claude […]

Social Sciences Department Holds Sixth Annual Conference

“Psychology in Palestine: Reality and Future”  The Social Sciences Department at Bethlehem University held its sixth annual conference entitled “Psychology in Palestine: Reality and Future” under the patronage of the Palestinian Ministry of Health on Tuesday, 27 March 2018.   Representatives of various universities, non-governmental organizations and ministries working in the field of psychology and […]

High School Students at Bethlehem University for Orientation

Bethlehem University hosted an orientation day for high school students, organized by the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday, 28 February 2018. The orientation day, coordinated by the Recruitment Committee, aimed to introduce the students to different academic programs in Palestinian universities.  Over 1500 students from 39 schools in Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah attended […]

Norwegian Representatives Visit Bethlehem University

A delegation from the Representative Office of Norway – Palestine visited Bethlehem University on Thursday 22 February 2018. The delegation included Ms. Nina Hal Schjelderup, Head of Development, and Mr. Hans Oseas Langaker, Second Secretary of the Political Affairs. Mr. Isaac Sahhar, Assistant Vice President for Advancement, and Ms. Amjaad Musleh, Guest Relations Officer, welcomed […]

Brother Thomas Scanlan, FSC, Former Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University Passes Away

Brother Thomas, a De La Salle Christian Brother, was appointed by the Sacred Congregation of the Oriental Churches as the second Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University who served from January 1982 to December 1986, succeeding Brother Joseph Loewenstein, FSC, (Apr 1980-Jan 1982).  He was also on the founding board of the Bethlehem University Foundation. In his farewell […]

UPA Delegation Visits Bethlehem University

Hanna Rabah, Director of  Programs at the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), and Dalia Abu Fannouneh, Programs Coordinator, visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Isaac Sahhar, Assistant Vice President for Advancement, and Shahinda Nassar, Development Officer welcomed them and briefed them on the progress of UPA scholarship students. Shahinda acknowledged the important work of […]

Ghassan Salameh at Bethlehem University

Ghassan Salameh, a Palestinian-American Businessman, gave a talk to faculty, staff and students at Bethlehem University on Friday, 19 January about his campaign “The Way to Bethlehem”. Ghassan explained the idea of the pilgrimage was to support Bethlehem University and raise awareness of its mission and contributions to educate the people of Palestine. He invited […]

A New Semester: Dream Big

With the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester, Bethlehem University held its Faculty and Staff Meeting on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 in the Auditorium at the Social Cultural Center. After an opening prayer and reflection led by Brother Peter Iorlano, Coordinator of Institutional Values, Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs, presided over the meeting, […]

Welcome to the new Chancellor of Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University extends a very warm welcome to Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, who is the newly appointed Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine, Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, and Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus. He is also the Chancellor of Bethlehem University. Mons. Girelli had previously served as Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia, Apostolic Nuncio to Timor-Leste, and Apostolic Nuncio […]

Physiotherapy Workshop at Bethlehem University

In cooperation with the Holy Child Center, the Physiotherapy Program at the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences organized a therapeutic week for the assessment and treatment of children with neurological conditions in Palestine. The week included a two day workshop at Bethlehem University titled Assessment Tools and Outcome Measures for Pediatric Neurotherapy. Ms. Jane […]

The Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism Participates in the Third International Young Chef Olympiad

On January 27, 2017, and for the first time in the history of the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, Chef Peter Hermantas and student Qutaiba Nasrallah were sent to India to represent Palestine at the Third International Young Chef Olympiad. Educational institutions from 48 other countries also participated. The competition was organized by the […]

Opening Renovated Bethlehem University Library

On February 24th the  renovated University Library yesterday was festively opened in the presence of  the International Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees as well as Mr. Thomas Staal, the USAID-ASHA representative. H.E. Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine was also present, as well as His Beautitude Fouad Twal, the […]

England and Wales Knights visited Bethlehem University and engage with OliveAid Project Beneficiaries

Knights and Dames of the Lieutenancy of England and Wales of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem visited on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 the Institute for Community Partnership (ICP) at Bethlehem University (BU) to look closely at the main contents and objectives of the “OliveAid Project”. Accompanying his Excellency David Smith were other […]

CNEWA President, Monsignor John Kozar Visits Bethlehem University

On Tuesday, 21 December 2011, Monsignor. John E. Kozar, newly appointed president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and the Pontifical Mission for Palestine and Israel, honored Bethlehem University with an introductory visit. Hosted by Vice Chancellor Br. Peter Bray; Executive President Dr. Michael Sansour and President for Development, Br. Jack Curran, Msgr. […]

A university in Bethlehem

There’s a university in Bethlehem — not the Bethlehem near Delmar, just outside of Albany; I’m talking about Bethlehem University in the real “little town of Bethlehem,” in the Holy Land! I’ve been at Bethlehem University for nine years. As a graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy and a parishioner of St. Pius X parish […]

Forum Theater Week at Bethlehem University: Take Two!

From November 21st to 24th, three French classes from the English department and from the Institute of Hotel Management were fortunate to be part of the second edition of the Human Rights week through theater. Following a week of practice and awareness of human rights with the teachers Anne Debeuckelaere and Virginie Lucas, the students […]

More than a Feast: Bethlehem University Community Celebrates ThanksGiving

Walking into the hotel management on the afternoon of Thursday, November the 24th, one wouldn’t imagine that they were in the heart of Bethlehem. As scents of Thanksgiving cooking wafted through the softly lighted and sturdy stone building, one could almost imagine him or herself at their grandmother’s house. This time, however, the feast of […]

Bethlehem University Awards Honorary Doctorate to Cardinal John Patrick Foley

Philadelphia, PA – Yesterday Bethlehem University in the Holy Land presented a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, to Cardinal John Patrick Foley, a longtime supporter of Bethlehem University and tireless advocate for the people of God and the Catholic Church throughout the world, and especially in the Holy Land. In 2007 His Holiness Pope Benedict […]

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