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28 January, 2011

Libyan ambassador mr. Mahmoud Al-Barghouthi Visits Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University is honored by visiting dignitaries

Mahmoud Al-BarghouthiOn Tuesday 18th of January, Bethlehem University was honored to host the Libyan Ambassador to Jordan, Mr. Mahmoud Al-Barghouthi  along with Palestinian Ambassadors Mr. Hafez Al-Nimir - former Palestinian Ambassador to Poland and Mr. Atef Odeh – Palestinian Ambassador to Libya . Guest Relations Officer, Mr. Demitri Awwad greeted the dignitaries, who were taken on a brief tour of the university grounds before being welcomed to a coffee hour and meeting with university representatives.  

During the meeting, which was hosted by Mr. Mousa Darwish - Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, Dr. Haifa Konkar - Dean of the Science Department and Mr. Mahmud Hammad - Dean of Students, the visiting dignitaries expressed respect for what Palestinians have accomplished here and the positive impact Palestinians have made in other parts of the Middle East, such as the roughly 430,000 Palestinians who reside in Libya, many of whom which hold central positions in the country. Mr. Mousa Darwish spoke of the recent developments the university has begun, such as the current work in the Educational building and its goal of enriching teachers throughout the region with the latest technology and teaching techniques.

Mahmoud Al-BarghouthiMr. Mousa also mentioned the strong relationship that exists on campus between Christian and Muslim students, all of who are a great example of the tolerance and understanding of both faiths in the area. Mr. Mahmoud emphasized the positive relationship between Libya and Palestine and voiced support for the importance of the work of Bethlehem University, saying “I believe a student with education is like fish with water, both must coexist.”

We thank Mr. Al-Bargouthi for his visit, as well as the representatives of Palestine, Mr. Odeh and Mr. Al-Nimir. It is such visits which help spread the good word of Bethlehem University and its mission, which is to build the Palestinian leaders of the future.


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