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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BU Golden Jubilee Logo

You are invited to help us select the best logo for the Golden Jubilee of Bethlehem University. Back in October 2020, we launched a call for designs for the Golden Jubilee Logo. We received a number of suggestions and we would like you to participate in selecting the best logo which will be used through […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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