Category: Weekly Bulletin

Students Develop Three Mobile Applications for Startups

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

Through the support of Bethlehem University Yunus Social Business Center

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

Launching the Incubation and Acceleration for 32 Startups

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

Software Engineering Department Hold Graduation Projects Exhibition

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

Bethlehem University, Al-Aqsa University sign MoU

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

Bethlehem University Launches Golden Jubilee Logo

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

EntreprenHer challenge: Women and Social Entrepreneurship

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

Al-Qubeibeh Nursing Students Hold Workshops

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

Creative Writing Contest Reading Session Held

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

Yoga Session at Library

Student Cell Activity -YOGA in the Library Student Cell at BU Library entitled “Youth, the Leaders of Tomorrow” had an activity on the 12th of May 22 from 11 AM to 12 PM on the ground floor in the quiet study area. Student Cell member, Razan Miqdadi led students to a Yoga session which was […]

Grand Master of the EOHSJ Visits Bethlehem University

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

Bethlehem University Inaugurates the First Mobile Museum

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

Women from AEI-Pax Christi visit the BU Library

Eighteen women from Arab Educational Institute – Pax Christi headed by Sumud Story House Coordinator Mrs. Claudette Mubarak visited the BU Library on the morning of Monday, March 28, 2022.  They were welcomed by the Turathuna team headed by Mary Morcos.  After orienting them with the different facilities of the Library they gathered at Turathuna […]

British Council Visit to Bethlehem University

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

Rapprochement Centre Training Programs

In cooperation with the Dean of Students Office, the Rapprochement Centre continues to offer different training programs for university students in the Bethlehem area sponsored by the Oxfam organization. On Sunday, 2 February 2022, Bethlehem University students received the last session of the training programs in administration skills and decision-making. New training programs on photography […]

Drama Workshops Held on Campus

The Dean of Students Office, in cooperation with Alqasaba Theatre, organizes a three months workshop for 20 Bethlehem University students. The students participated in the first two sessions which were about introducing drama and some ice-breaking activities to know each other and be prepared to work together.

From One Generation to Another

The meetings of the Holy Land Trust’s program Generation to Generation resumed by the beginning of the new semester. The students discussed their achievements in the previous year and talked about their resolutions for the coming year. They also discussed the role of women in their families in comparison to the role of men.

OT Students Meet International Students Online

The senior students of the Occupational Therapy program continue to participate in the University of Southern California’s pen pal scheme. This project brings together different occupational therapy students from universities from around the world.  The latest online zoom meeting saw students in breakout rooms having in-depth discussions and sharing experiences about occupational therapy in their different countries.

Midnight Mass Held at Chapel of the Divine Child

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

BU present at the International Arab Conference on Information Technology

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

Asian Youth Para Games-2021 Bahrain

Ms. Bateel Muammar, Physiotherapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Tarek Ahmad Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, was invited as an international classifier for The Asian Youth Para Games 2021- took place at Manama, Bahrain from Sunday, 28 November to Wednesday, 8 December 2021. Ms. Bateel Muammar is the first and the only Palestinian woman who has an […]

Students Awarded for Participating in Challenge

Dean of Students Mr. Adnan Ramadan and Director of the Athletics Department Mrs. Samar Al-Araj Mousa awarded a number of female students who participated in the Walking Steps Challenge initiative on Thursday, 16 November 2021. Several female students took part in the initiative this semester and were given medals and certificates of honor for their […]

Webinar: Environmental research leading to conservation and sustainability in Palestine

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

Bethlehem University Holds Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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

Bethlehem University Sports Teams Rank High in Championships

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

Swiss Research Grant Webinar

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

Students Give a Lecture on Breast Cancer

A group of third-year nursing students held an awareness lecture on breast cancer for the girl guides of the Shepherds Scouts Group – Beit Sahour on Saturday, 30 October 2021. The lecture was entitled “Examine and reassure us because your health matters to us.” The lecture was held in cooperation with the Al-Maha Cancer Society […]

“Draw a Smile” Campaign

The Dean of Students Office organized a campaign called “Draw a Smile” in which university students visit several organizations for children with disabilities and children in need. Their first visit took place on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, to the Jemima organization and they performed different activities that helped draw a smile on the children’s faces.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Students Visit Schools

The Physical and Occupational Therapy students held an awareness interactive activity for students in various schools in the Bethlehem area on Thursday, 4 November 2021. The students spoke about their specialization, their study journey, and concepts related to community needs. This activity was held as part of the PHTH 330 course which aims at encouraging students to […]

Workshop on Good Research and its Traits

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

Students Participate in Model United Nations

On Friday, 12 November 2021, thirteen Bethlehem University students participated in the Palestine University Model United Nations (PUMUN) program in Ramallah. Each student represented a different country and worked together to find ways to overcome the economic problems that occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the program, students were honored and […]

Debate Club Qualifies for Final Round

Under the supervision of the Dean of Students Office and in cooperation with Falestinyat organization, the Bethlehem University Debate Club students participated in the Palestine Debate Tournament in Ramallah last week. The team won the first and second rounds and will participate in the final round of the tournament on Wednesday, 17 November 2021.

Seminar On Depression

Under the supervision of The Dean of Students Office, the Afaq student group organized a seminar about depression titled “Take Care of Yourself” on Thursday, 28 October 2021. Doctor Abed Alrahman Khawaja discussed a lot of ways to help students feel better about themselves and answered their questions.

Library Liaison Annual Meeting

The Annual Library Liaison meeting took place on 28th October’21 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM in the Garden Level of the Library – L005. Ms. Elizabeth D’souza, Library Director, welcomed Fr. Iyad Twal and all the representatives of different departments to the meeting. Dr. Irene Hazou expressed her desire to attend but could not make […]

Deir Beit Gamal: Heritage, Community Engagement, and Research

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

Bethlehem University Magazine is Out!

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

Bethlehem University and Latin Patriarchate launches “Afaq” project

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

Workshop on Publishing Research Projects

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

Students Conduct Awareness Workshop on Breast Cancer

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

Physiotherapist Students Participate in the Open Day

Physiotherapist students participated in the open day held on Thursday, 21 October 2021, by implementing a physical activity awareness campaign as part of the PHTH 330 course supervised by Ms. Manar Jaber The students’ campaign was divided into 4 groups targeting different physical activities areas including: Physical fitness and flexibility Posture analysis and exercises for […]

Occupational Therapy Students Community Service Day

Bethlehem University first-year occupational therapy students helped Al-Malath clients in Beit Sahour to pick their olives on Saturday, 23 October 2021, to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day. After finishing the olive harvest, the student therapists and the clients enjoyed breakfast together. World Occupational Therapy Day is dedicated to service and celebrated annually on 27 October. 

Workshop on Spinal Cord Injury

On Sunday, 17 October 2021, first-year Occupational Therapy students visited Abu Rayya, the national centre for spinal cord injury. The Head of the Department Ms. Rasha Abed gave the students an introduction to the centre’s work. The students then toured the different departments and heard from the Physiotherapy, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy staff. The discussion […]

Colloquium on Inclusive Education

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

First Pilgrim Group Since Start of COVID-19

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

Representative of Malta in Palestine Visits Campus

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

Lecture on Sensory Input for Children with Autism

On Thursday, 14 October 2021, Mr. Anan Ghabbash, Instructor in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, gave a voluntary lecture to a group of mothers who have children with autism from the Autism Superhero – Palestine organization. The lecture, which was the role of Occupational Therapy in sensory input for children with autism, was […]

Physical and Occupational Therapy Department Day Out

The Physical and Occupational Therapy Department faculty members and students met on Thursday, 14 October 2021, to share experiences of the program and enjoy the traditional Palestinian breakfast in the campus garden. This event aimed at giving the students an opportunity to know each other and to enjoy the student experience at Bethlehem University.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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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