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December 31, 2010

Seven Bethlehem University Alumni Receive Full Scholarships To Study In Italy

ItalyCongratulations to our Alumni Abeer Hawash (BU’09), Reema Shaheen (BU'09), Haya Handal (BU’10), Khulod Jarayseh (BU’10), Elias Halabi (BU’07), Khalid Hamdan (BU’09) and Khader Hosh (BU’10); all of whom which received full scholarships provided by H.O.P.E. Onlus Organization - Italy to complete the International Master in Management and Preservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage in the Near East at the Università del Piemonte Orientale in Italy for the academic year 2010-2012.

H.O.P.E. Onlus is a non profit organization, established in Italy in 2006, which aims to assist disadvantaged people to build a better life that is based on peace, dialogue and unity; despite religious, ethnic, social and economic differences. H.O.P.E. Onlus plans and implements medium and long term sustainable projects in partnership with local institutions and international agencies.

The International Master in Management and Preservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage provides instruction on the theoretical background of preservation and management of cultural heritage, in addition to several practical educational activities carried out on building sites, archeological sites, and in museums. The program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the field in addition to the essential tools which can help our graduates to start their own microenterprises after returning home and contribute to the preservation of the unique and ancient heritage of Palestine.
Haya Handal, who graduated in July 2010 with a major in English thinks that this scholarship will introduce BU students to different cultures and different aspects of cultures.

Abeer Hawash, who graduated in 2009 with a major in Hotel management, had this to say:  “This kind of master program will help me to develop ideas in order to protect our heritage and monuments, which are very important to the Palestinian identity and presence.”

Evidence of the appreciation of Palestinian culture and architecture can be seen throughout the campus as much of the campus is composed of recently restored buildings that date back 100 years; within which our students study for their undergraduate degrees. A special section of the university library is also dedicated to the display and preservation of literature and artifacts related to Palestinian heritage and can be visited during library opening hours.

We wish these fine graduates a productive and memorable time as they pursue their studies!


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