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28 March, 2011

Bethlehem University unveils the new Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business

Shucri Ibrahim DabdoubBethlehem, Palestine – Bethlehem University designates its business school the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business in honor of the late son of Mr. Ibrahim S. Dabdoub, Group CEO for the National Bank of Kuwait.

“Given the prominent and successful international career of Mr. Ibrahim Dabdoub, his ethical leadership and championing of corporate engagement with society, and his longstanding and generous support of Bethlehem University, it is an honor for me to declare the Faculty of Business will be known henceforth as the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business at Bethlehem University,” said Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University.

“My family and I are honored that Bethlehem University, located in our hometown in Palestine, has named the business school in the memory of my son,” said Mr. Ibrahim Dabdoub. “I have great admiration for the achievements of Bethlehem University, its academic excellence and dedicated faculty who provide top

quality education to meet the needs of Palestinian youth.  It is our hope that others will join us in supporting this important academic institution and the future of higher education in Palestine.”

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub was born and raised in Kuwait. He graduated from the New English School and earned a BA in Business Administration from Boston College in the United States. Married to Hind and father of Ibrahim and Maya, Shucri Dabdoub served as managing partner for Americana-Jordan, which achieved excellent growth since he took over. He was a loving son, brother, husband and father.
His mother Hilda was born in Bethlehem. Her father, Shucri’s grandfather, Elias Bandak, was the Mayor of Bethlehem for many years until his death in 1972.  Shucri’s sister, Tamara was born in Jerusalem and also graduated from Boston College. She earned a Masters degree from Boston University and she worked at Harvard University as well as JP Morgan in New York and London. She is married and lives in Amman, Jordan and has 2 children: Leah and Rakan.

“The generosity of Mr. Ibrahim Dabdoub, providing the single largest gift from an individual in the history of Bethlehem University, will enable us to move forward with a number of initiatives, including our plans for establishing a Masters in Governance and Public Administration,” said Dean Dr. Fadi Kattan. The first Masters degree at Bethlehem University was established in the Faculty of Business in 2005, a Masters in International Cooperation and Development.

“By preserving the memory of his late son, Mr. Dabdoub ensures the future success and education of generations of Palestinian students,” noted Mr. Fuad Kattan, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

A ceremony honoring the late Mr. Dabdoub and renaming the school will be held at the University’s campus during the Fall 2011 academic semester.

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