English Department Instructors Present at TESOL 2024

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

Bethlehem University Integrates Histopathology into Medical Lab Sciences

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

Gratitude and Updates: A Virtual Gathering with the Sacramento Council

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

ICP Concludes Two Training Courses, Graduate 17 Students

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

Bethlehem University Students Shine in Award-Winning Film

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

Results of Spring Semester 2024 Sports Activities and Competitions

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

Holy Land Commission Visits Bethlehem University

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

Occupational Therapy Students Host Intergenerational Activity at Saint Nicolas Home

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

Gender Equality Webinar Highlights Director of Athletics

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

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

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

Bethlehem University Marks the Successful Conclusion of the Media Literacy Project

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

Occupational Therapy Program Hosts Workshop on Disability Rights

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

Bethlehem University Faculty Members Undertake Inspiring Visit to Bedouin Communities

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

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

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

Training Course on New Media Practices

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

Student Ambassadors Deepen Understanding of Lasallian Values at Bethlehem University

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

Occupational Therapy Students Organize Activity at Aida Camp

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

Steadfast Amidst Turmoil: Bethlehem University’s Commitment to Education

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

Bridging Continents: Bethlehem University and Virginia Wesleyan Students Connect Virtually

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

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

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

Reopening of the Training Restaurant

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

Empowering Student Ambassadors at Bethlehem University

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

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

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

English Department at NILETESOL 2024 Conference in Cairo

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

AI Training Program for Faculty and Staff

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

Media Education Course Concludes at Bethlehem University

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

Visions for Education Under Occupation: Brazilian Perspectives

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

Bethlehem University Engages with Local High School Students

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

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

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

PIBS Inspires National Pride in Children through Independence Day Event

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

Bethlehem University Concludes the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and Dedicates New Building

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

Renowned Author Lisa Suhair Majaj Visits Bethlehem Univeristy

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

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Fadel Jobran-Alsawayfa

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

Students Excel in Vocational Training Program in Lourdes, France

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

Tourism Innovation Hub Graduation Ceremony

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

Bethlehem University’s Golden Jubilee Alumni Gathering

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

President of World Federation of Occupational Therapy Visits Bethlehem University

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

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

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

Bethlehem University’s Notable Participation in the PCPC-2023

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

New Academic Year, a New Beginning at BU

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

Rector of the Catholic University of Chile discusses strengthening educational partnerships

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

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

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

Introducing the Global Shapers Bethlehem Hub

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

Bethlehem University Hosts Delegations for Workshop on Muslim-Christian Coexistence

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

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

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

Brother Vincent Malham Center Summer 2022/2023 graduation ceremony

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

Bethlehem University Celebrates 47th Graduation Ceremonies

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

Educational Summer Camp for Students

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

Leveraging Canva for Engaging English Language Teaching

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

Inclusive Media Literacy Education in Palestine

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

Twal Represents Bethlehem University at IALU International Leadership Conference

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

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

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

Bethlehem University Participates in Diak University’s International Week

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

Zbierski Library Honors Student Facilitators

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

Bethlehem University Participates in the EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting

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

Renowned Palestinian-American Comic Mona Aburmishan at Bethlehem University

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

Career Day Connects Students with Leading Companies

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

Bethlehem University’s Arabic School for Foreigners Celebrates Graduation Ceremony

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

Faculty Member Participates in “TESOL PALESTINE” Conference

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

International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East

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

Department of Software Engineering Hosts Workshop on Docker

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

Inspiring Session with Prominent Egyptian Journalist

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

Bethlehem University Welcomes Australian Representative

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

Tourism Innovation Hub Empowers Youth with Disabilities for Tourism Careers

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

Bethlehem University Celebrates Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle

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

Bethlehem University, Palisco Association Sign MoU

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

Architectural Drawing Training Held on Campus

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

Student Cell Activity on “Nutrition and Health”

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

Software Engineering Students Participate in Programming Contest

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

Turathuna Team Plants Trees for Green Initiative

The Turathuna team, driven by their passion for promoting a sustainable and eco-friendly environment, planted Olive, Lemon, Bay Leaf, and Rosemary Trees in the university garden.  The trees were donated by the Environment Education Center at Talitha Kumi School in Beit Jala, and  Mr. Munir Salsa. The team expresses gratitude to students Bashar Jarayseh, Joana […]

Bethlehem University Instructor Presents at TESOL 2023 Convention

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

Athletic Department Hosts First Basketball Skills Tournament

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

Student Cell Activity at Zbierski Library

The Zbierski Library held a student cell activity on Thursday, 30 March 2023, on “Mental Health and Relaxation Techniques.” Ms. Elizabeth D’Souza, the Library Director, introduced the student, Sandy Kara’a, and thanked her for preparing the activity. She emphasized the importance of the topic and extended a warm welcome to all the participants. Sandy presented […]

Recruitment Committee Visit La Salle High School

The Recruitment Committee at Bethlehem University visited La Salle High School New Gate in Jerusalem and offered details about the University and its various programs. Around 80 students from the eleventh grade attended the sessions from both the literary and scientific streams. Mr. Mahdi Kleibo, a member of the committee, explained to the students the […]

English Language Training Course Completed

The Institute for Community Engagement and Partnership (ICP) at Bethlehem University held a graduation ceremony on Thursday, March 23, 2023, for participants who successfully completed the “English Language II A1 – A2” training course. This English language training course is part of an agreement signed between the ICP and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan […]

Bethlehem University Graduate at TEDinArabic Summit

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

Student Cell Activity Held at the Library

The Zbierski Library held a student cell activity on Thursday, 23 March 2023, on “Child Labor.” Nine students participated in the session which was led by the student, Maram Sandoka. There was a good discussion and interaction among the staff and the students about the topic and possible solution. It was good to see that […]

High School Students Visit Bethlehem University

The Recruitment Committee at Bethlehem University welcomed Tawjihi (high school) students from the Orthodox Shepherds’ High School in Beit Sahour and the Bethlehem Evangelical Academy in Beit Sahour last week on campus. The program included a film about the University followed by an explanation of the services and activities offered by the University to students. […]

Arabic School for Foreigners Holds Cultural Activity

The Arabic School for Foreigners at Brother Vincent Malham Center held a cultural activity entitled “Our Heritage is Our Identity” on Wednesday, 22 March 2023. The students, who are enrolled in Arabic courses, were introduced to two popular Middle Eastern dishes (Maqluba and Mujadara) and learned how to prepare them. The Director of the Arabic School for Foreigners, Ms. […]

Dean of Research in Romania for Erasmus+ Mobility Program

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

High School Students Visit Campus

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

Website Development Skills Workshop Held on Campus

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

Recruitment Committee Welcomes Tawjihi Students

The Recruitment Committee at Bethlehem University welcomed Tawjihi students from Terra Sancta Girls School Sisters of Saint Joseph Bethlehem and Bridge International School in Jerusalem last week. The program included a film about the University followed by an explanation of the services and activities offered by the University to students. The students then toured campus […]

Bethlehem University Welcomes Delegation from Pompeu Fabra University

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

Physiotherapy Students Heal Palestine International Marathon Runners

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

Vice Chancellor Receives Honorary Doctorate

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

Graduate Competes in International Hospitality Competition

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

Bethlehem University Students Participate in Youth Conference

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

Mandate Mass for Ramallah Graduates

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

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Quality Assurance

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

Students Archaeological Excursion to Jordan

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

PIBS library adopts Library of Congress System

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

Palestinian Public University Presidents Meet at Bethlehem University

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

Senior Physiotherapy Students Exhibit their Adaptive Equipment

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

Four OT Students to travel to California

The University of Southern California (USC), Department of Occupational Therapy, has offered a scholarship to allow four Occupational Therapy students from Bethlehem University to travel to California to join their 2023 summer program. Bethlehem University Students have previously participated many times in this program and USC is keen to continue their participation. The Occupational Therapy […]

Audio Production Presentation Held at Zbierski Library

The Zbierski Library held a student cell activity on Thursday, 12 January 2023, on “Audio Production.” Ms. Elizabeth D’souza, Library Director, introduced student cell member, Arama Sleibi, and welcomed the students encouraging them to interact with one another. Sleibi presented an overview on the basics of audio production in an informative PowerPoint presentation. She also […]

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

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

Participation of BU graduate Hassan Al Butmeh in the TASFED World Competition for Culinary Arts

The Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism at Bethlehem University is proud to announce the participation of their graduate, Hassan Al Butmeh, in the TASFED World Competition for Culinary Arts, which took place in Istanbul with the participation of 23 countries from around the world. Mr. Butmeh won the Gold medal for preparing and serving […]

Training Workshop at BU About Human Sexuality

The Counselling office in cooperation with Muntada Al Jinsaniyeh implemented a training workshop at BU about Human Sexuality for 3rd and 4th year students from different departments. This training took place from October 22nd until December 10th, 2022. 16 female students attended the 40-hour training to develop self-awareness to deal with gender from moral and […]

Student Cell Activity in the Library

The student Cell activity - “Time Management” was held on Thursday, 8th of December 2022 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the Library Building. Student cell member, Razan Miqdadi displayed the PowerPoint and led the session, which was very informative and useful. 15 students participated in the session and there was very good interaction with [...]

Bethlehem University participates in the Health Research Conference

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

Library Liaison Annual Meeting

The Annual Library Liaison meeting took place on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 in the Garden level of the Library –L005 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Ms. Elizabeth Dsouza, Library Director, welcomed Fr. Iyad Twal and all the representatives of the different departments to the meeting. Ms. Elizabeth, displayed the power point of the Library […]

Student Cell Activity in the Library

Student Cell at BU Library titled “Youth, the Leaders of Tomorrow” had an activity on Thursday, 24 November 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM.Ms. Elizabeth D’souza welcomed the group and encouraged the students to have this kind of activity in the library for more interactions among students.The first student activity for this academic year titled “Friendship” was […]

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

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

BBI & ARIJ concluded a 45-hour capacity-building program for youth groups

Bethlehem Business Incubator – Bethlehem University in cooperation with ARIJ, concluded a 45 hour capacity building program for youth groups that included trainings on digital marketing, innovation and design, and marketing principles. Participants submitted a marketing plan implemented within a project titled “Support the economy of the Palestinian agricultural and rural cooperatives led by women […]

Learning Chess at Turathuna

Encouraged by Ms. Elizabeth Dsouza and Ms. Samar Mousa, the Turathuna team organized the ‘Learning Chess’ activity in George Nasra Center on Thursday, November 17th, 2022, during the activity hour.  Seventeen female participants joined this activity which was coached by Maher Takrouri, who won several prizes in chess competitions. Two students joined to coach along with […]

Wadi Al Akhdar School visits BU Library

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, a group of 9 female students of 9th grade from Wadi Al Akhdar school, visited Bethlehem University Library along with their two teachers. Wadi Al Akhdar school is located in Wadi Fukin, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, 10  km west of Bethlehem. They were welcomed by Ms. Mary […]

English major sophomores visited Library

On 1 November 2022, a group of 27 sophomores visited the Library with Sawsan Shomali who introduces English major students to the process of and various steps in writing a research paper. Ms. Elizabeth Dsouza, Library Director, extended a warm welcome to the group and encouraged them to visit the Library as often as possible. […]

Tourism Innovation Bootcamp at Bethlehem University

The Tourism Innovation Hub at Bethlehem University organized the first Tourism Innovation Bootcamp as part of the launching of its Tourism Innovation Hub – TIH in partnership with UNESCO. The Bootcamp started with Panel discussion involving the private sector, nongovernmental organization and UNESCO to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the tourism sector with the […]

Grad Students Tour BU Library

On Friday, 28th of October 2022, at the request of Ms. Hiyam Sacca, the Library arranged for the tour for 12 students of the Master in Infectious Diseases; Prevention and Control program. Ms. Elizabeth Dsouza extended a warm welcome to the group and explained to them the available resources and services of the Library. Ms. […]

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

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

BBI & UNESCO Launch the Innovation Tourism Hub

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

Fourth Cohort Graduation of Theological Studies of Bethlehem University in Jordan

The Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University represented by the Vice President and Director of the Religious Formation Program in Amman, Father Iyad Al-Twal, had graduated a cohort of students last week. The graduation ceremony took place during a Mass that was presided over by His Eminence Bishop Jamal Daibes, the Latin Vicar in […]

Trip to Arab Al-Rashaydeh

Under the title “Know your Country”, the George Nasra Center organized a trip to the desert to Arab Al-Rashaydeh in the East of Bethlehem on Saturday 8th of October 2022 at 4:00 p.m. It was guided by Mr. Saed Shomaly, an author of several books on the region and its wildlife. Fourteen members of the […]

Updates From Dean of Research Office:

You can follow the latest updates about Grants, Fellowships, CFP, workshops, and other research-related activities on Special Announcements. Updated Faculty Accomplishments (articles, conference papers, lectures) can be found at this link. Please, keep sending us your accomplishments so we can share them with BU community. To read and access the Bethlehem University Journal, please visit […]

The Lutheran School visits BU Library

On Wednesday, 5 October 2022, a group of 32 students from The Lutheran School in Beit Sahour visited Bethlehem University Library with their teachers Ms. Haidi Asmari and Ms. Randa Jaraiseh. Ms. Mary Morcos along with members of the Turathuna Team and the Director of the Library, Ms. Elizabeth D’souza welcomed them as Ms. Mirna […]

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

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

The Hope School visits BU Library

On Tuesday, October 4th 2022, a group of 14 students from The Hope School in Beit Jala visited Bethlehem University Library with their teachers Ms. Dalia Abu Eita and Mr. Fuad Qasasfeh. Ms. Mary Morcos along with members of the Turathuna Team and the Director of the Library, Ms. Elizabeth D’souza welcomed them as Ms. Mirna […]

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

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

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

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

SIRA – Special Education School visits BU Library

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

Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) organized an Agriculture Hackathon

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

BBI & YSBC – Provision of Branding and Website Development Services

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

Students Develop Three Mobile Applications for Startups

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

Swiss Representative to Palestine visited Bethlehem University

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

Through the support of Bethlehem University Yunus Social Business Center

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

Launching the Incubation and Acceleration for 32 Startups

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

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 […]

Zurrub Center Holds Educational Workshops for School Teachers

Through the Zurrub Teacher Resource Center, the Department of Early Childhood Education organized five workshops from Thursday, 10 March 2022, until Monday, 21 March 2022, for 100 teachers from public and private schools. These workshops focused on how to use the game (How Do you Feel – شدة كيف حالك) in teaching and learning children […]

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 […]