Feature: Artificial Intelligence Championship Winner

Graduate Profile: Rana Khair Winning the Inspiration Award and People’s Choice Award at the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Family Challenge in California, USA, was an unforgettable experience. It was a challenge that I went through with my eldest daughter, Selina.  Selina and I, Rana Khair, created an app called “My Drawings Speak Up” that analyzes children’s […]

Christmas Midnight Mass Celebrated at Chapel

Bethlehem University held its Christmas Midnight Mass at the University’s Chapel of the Divine Child which was presided over by Father Iyad Twal, Chairperson of the Department of Humanities. Though the beautiful Chapel at Bethlehem University always exudes a warm atmosphere, this spirit is particularly alive on Christmas Eve, when worshippers give thanks to the […]

Merry Christmas from Bethlehem

The following is an email from Brother Belayneh Medhanit, FSC, Vice President for Advancement at Bethlehem University. Dear Friends, Supporters, and Graduates of Bethlehem University, As we approach Christmas, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.I am sending you a video message of our Vice Chancellor, Brother Peter Bray, […]

Swiss Delegation on Campus for a Visit

The Deputy Head of Mission at the Representative Office of Switzerland, Kirianoff Crimmins Laetitia, visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 12 December 2019. Brother Belayneh Medhanit, Vice President for Advancement, and Isaac Sahhar, Assistant Vice President for Advancement, welcomed the Deputy Head on campus. Brother Belayneh explained the latest development plans of the University including the […]

Women’s Basketball Team Wins Championship

Bethlehem University Women’s Basketball Team won the Palestinian Universities Basketball Championship that took place at Al-Quds University on Saturday, 7 December 2019. The day was filled with enthusiasm, competitive spirit and thirst for victory. Our team won first place after beating Beirzeit University’s team in the final match.   The Director of the Athletics Department […]

Students Participate in Model United Nations Conference

Fifteen Bethlehem University students participated in the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference that was held at the Caesar Hotel in Ramallah on Friday and Saturday, 29-30 November 2019. The Palestinian Institute of Public Diplomacy (PIPD) and German NGO Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) organized the Palestine Universities MUN Conference 2019.  The Conference was attended by MUN […]

Dean of Research Attends Meeting on Collaborative Research

Prof. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research, attended a meeting, organized by the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, to explore possible future collaboration and cooperation with the Royal Society of London, at the Ministry of Higher Education on Thursday, 05 December 2019, in Ramallah. The Royal Society of London, which was established in 1660, is the UK’s independent […]

Bethlehem University Holds Fundraising Gala Dinner

Bethlehem University held a fundraising gala dinner on Friday, 29 November 2019, which brought together around 200 guests and dignitaries to celebrate the continued success of the University and to support the new “Georgette Salameh Center”. Development Officer Ms. Shahinda Nassar, who served as Master of Ceremonies, welcomed the guests and acknowledged the presence of […]

New Issue of Bethlehem University Journal is Out

The Office of the Dean of Research announces the publication of the new issue of the Bethlehem University Journal, which is a special issue in the humanities, media, and literary studies that deals with Palestinian studies. The volume includes articles by different Palestinian scholars from various Palestinian universities, including Dr. Said Ayyad, Dr. Omar Abed Rabo, and Ms. Shada Abu […]

Dean of Research participates in the French Palestinian Day in Paris

Dean of Research Professor Jamil Khader participated in a meeting about academic and research collaboration between Palestinian and French universities in Campus France in Paris from 18 to 19 November 2019. The meeting was also attended by various representatives from Palestinian and French universities, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, and the Palestinian Academy for […]

Book Launch: “The Ever Elusive Past”

Under the auspices of the Danish House in Palestine, the Faculty of Arts, and the Department of Humanities, the Office of the Dean of Research held an event to launch the new book “The Ever Elusive Past: Discussions of Palestine’s History and Heritage”, by the Danish researchers Thomas Thompson and Ingrid Hjelm on Thursday, 21 […]

Nursing Students Receive Farida Al-Budeiri Award

The Tarek Juffali Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences organized a ceremony to honor the nursing students who won the Farida Abu Dayyah Al-Budeiri Award on Thursday, 7 November 2019. Dean of the Faculty Ms. Mariam Awad welcomed and thanked Al-Budeiri family and Mr. Adel Al-Budeiri for annually honoring the top nursing student. She also […]

Prof. Graham-Brown Visits Campus and Gives Lecture

Professor Robin Graham-Brown, KC*HS, National Membership Officer at the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) – Lieutenancy of England & Wales, visited Bethlehem University from 31 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences Ms. Mariam Awad welcomed Prof. Graham-Brown on campus and briefed him […]

BU Hosts the IX Palestinian International Chemistry Conference

Bethlehem University hosted the Ninth Palestinian International Chemistry Conference on 1-2 November 2019. The conference was organized by the Palestinian Chemical Society in coordination with Palestine Academy for Science and Technology and Bethlehem University, During the opening session, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Chair of the Conference Dr. Michael Hanania welcomed the attendees […]

PSSF Board Visits Campus to Meet with Students

On Tuesday, 29 October 2019, a delegation from the Palestine Students Scholarship Fund (PSSF) visited Bethlehem University to meet with students who receive the PSSF scholarships. The delegation comprised of Malek Al-Massad, Ali Ata, Khalil Khalil, Khalil Ismail, Ziad Farhan, and Muhammad Al-Asfar. Vice President for Financial Affairs Youil Anastas, Students Finance Manager Sandy Bassous, […]

IALU Board Meeting Held at Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University hosted the meeting of the Executive Board of the International Association of La Salle Universities (IALU) on 24 and 25 October 2019. Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University Brother Peter Bray welcomed the Board on campus and told them that their presence here gives hope to students that they are not forgotten by the […]

70s and 80s Alumni Reunion Held on Campus

Bethlehem University Alumni Relations Office organized a reunion for the 70s and 80s graduates on Friday, 25 October 2019, on campus. With much excitement, former students gathered to be part of this meeting which included remembering the beautiful memories at the University with colleagues and teachers. Alumni Relations Officer Haneen Musleh said the University always […]

Bethlehem University, Higher Education Minister Discuss Future Cooperation

The Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research H.E. Prof. Mahmoud Abu Mouis visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 24 October 2019. Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Sansour, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Irene Hazou, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Muna Matar, Deans and members of the Student Senate met with the […]

Committee of Churches Affairs Visits Campus

President of the Higher Presidential Committee of Churches Affairs, H.E. Dr. Ramzi Khoury, the Director General of the Palestinian National Fund, and General Manager of the Committee Ambassador Amira Hanania visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansour; Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Isaac Sahhar; Chair of the Printing […]

Vice Chancellor Meets Samir Aweidah

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Mr. Samir Adel Aweidah who visited campus on Monday, 21 October 2019. Brother Peter presented to Mr. Aweidah the latest development which included the engagement of the Samir Aweidah Clinical Simulation Center with the community. They both visited the Cardinal Foley Hall (Nursing Building), where the Samir Aweidah Clinical Simulation Center will be […]

Debate Team Wins the Palestine Debate Tournament

The Bethlehem University Debate Team won the final round of the debate tournament against the Arab American University debate team on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at Ceaser Hotel in Ramallah. The tournament was organized by Filastiniyat Organization, in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Palestinian Universities where nine Palestinian […]

Bethlehem University Delegation Visits Hebron

A delegation from Bethlehem University visited Hebron on Wednesday, 16 October 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray met with Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abdo Hamza Idris and a number of its board members. He also met with the President of the Palestinian Businessmen Forum Muhammad Herbawi and a number of its […]

Bethlehem 2020 Press Conference

Bethlehem University held a press conference on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, to announce its projects for the celebrations of Bethlehem as the Capital of Arab Culture for 2020. Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Sansour, Chairman of the Bethlehem University Committee for the Bethlehem 2020 celebrations, gave a brief speech on the cultural significance of this […]

Athletic Department Holds Fifth Annual Tennis Tournament

The Athletic Department at Bethlehem University, in cooperation with Mr. Issa Rishmawi, former President of the Palestinian Tennis Association and the University’s volunteer tennis coach, has organized the Fifth Annual Tennis Tournament to honor the memory of the late Brother Cyril Litecky. On Friday, 11 October 2019, the final game was held in the presence […]

Congratulations to Cardinal Fitzgerald

Congratulations to His Eminence Michael Cardinal Fitzgerald, a longtime friend and supporter of Bethlehem University, on the announcement of his creation as a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church at a public consistory on Saturday, 5 October 2019. Cardinal Fitzgerald was called forward by Pope Francis who gave him his red biretta and ring. He was […]

Vice Chancellor Meets ABU Executive Director

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray met with the Executive Director of the Association Bethlehem University (ABU) Switzerland Oliver Schneitter Ashton on Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Brother Peter thanked Mr. Schneitter for the work they are doing to promote the mission of Bethlehem University. Brother Peter also presented the University’s latest development projects. Mr. Schneitter also […]

Two Groups of the EOHSJ Visit Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University hosted on Tuesday, 17 September 2019, the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ)- USA Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy and EOHSJ- USA Eastern Lieutenancy. Her Excellency Valencia Yvonne Camp, DGCH, Lieutenant of EOHSJ- USA Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy led a group of 45 people including Michael J. Ruck, Sr, KSG, KGCHS and Lady […]

Bethlehem University, Lions Club Discuss Possible Cooperation

President of the Lions Club in Bethlehem and Partner of Deloitte audit firm, Samir Sahhar, visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.  Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansur, and Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Isaac Sahhar, welcomed the guest and showed him around campus. Several aspects of cooperation were discussed during the meeting that aimed at providing […]

Bethlehem University Alumna Appointed First Female Undersecretary of Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed a presidential decree appointing Ambassador Dr. Amal Jadou (BU’95) as Undersecretary of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday, 15 September 2019. By this decree, Dr. Jadou became the first Palestinian woman to fill this post. Dr. Jadou was born in the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. She has a […]

Mass to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Priesthood

The Jesuits of the Near East Province and the De La Salle Brothers at Bethlehem University held a mass on Saturday, 14 September 2019, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Father Peter DuBrul’s ordination to the priesthood this year. Faculty, staff, students, and friends of Father Peter attended the Mass that was held in the Chapel of the […]

Fall 2019 Cultural Performances Held on Campus

The Dean of Students Office organized an event for cultural performances on Thursday, 12 September 2019, in the Amphitheater. Wajd Musical group, Majdal group for Dabka and Folklore, Layali drama group, and BU graduate the musician Ibrahim Abu Laban performed in front of a large number of students. Bethlehem University brings a wide range of […]

Holy Mass Marks Beginning of Academic Year

Bethlehem University celebrated the beginning of the new academic year 2019-2020 by holding the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, 5 September 2019.  The main celebrant of the mass was His Eminence Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine and a member of the Bethlehem University International Board of Regents, together […]

Bethlehem University and IFMSA Sign Agreement

A delegation from the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) in Jerusalem visited Bethlehem University to sign a service agreement.   The agreement includes providing students from the IFMSA with the Basic Life Support (BLS) Course at the American Heart Association International Training Center for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Clinical Simulation Center at the […]

Bethlehem University Mourns the Death of Cardinal Silvestrini

Bethlehem University mourns the death of His Eminence Achille Cardinal Silvestrini, the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Cardinal Silvestrini, a longtime friend and supporter of Bethlehem University, passed away peacefully in Rome on Thursday, 29 August 2019, at the age of 95. He was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental […]

Academic Year Kicks Off With Annual Faculty and Staff Meeting

On Tuesday, 27 August 2019, Bethlehem University’s faculty and staff gathered in the auditorium for the annual meeting to prepare for and start the new academic year 2019-2020. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Irene Hazou presided over the meeting and welcomed everybody back for the year. The meeting began with a reflection by Brother […]

Bethlehem University, Governorate Sign MOU

Bethlehem University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bethlehem Governorate on Wednesday, 7 August 2019. The MoU aimed to enhance cooperation between government and academic institutions in Bethlehem to serve the local community. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and His Excellency Bethlehem Governor Kamel Humeid signed the MoU in the presence of the Executive […]

A Delegation from the Representative Office of Ecuador Visits Campus

A delegation from the Representative Office of Ecuador in Palestine visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 24 July 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Dr. Luis Arellano Jibaja, the State Minister to the Ecuadorian Representative Office to Palestine, on his first visit to Bethlehem University. After a short introductory film about the University, Brother Peter […]

Vice Chancellor Meets Palestinian Prime Minister

Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray met with the Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh in the Prime Minister’s Headquarters in Ramallah on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. This is the first meeting with the Palestinian Government. Brother Peter invited Dr. Shtayyeh to the renaming of the University Library which will be held in April 2020. Dr. […]

FEATURE: “Students Think We Perform Magic’’

“The students’ reaction during science fairs is our source of motivation and inspiration. School students think we perform magic when they see the experiments,” group leader Randa Alobayyat said. Randa is one of twenty-five students who run a science outreach program in the West Bank called Science4People. The team demonstrates physics through simple experiments that […]

Friends of Bethlehem University-GB Charity Launched Publicly

The Friends of Bethlehem University – GB has been established as a charity and was publicly launched last June. During his visit, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, Brother Peter Bray, gave separate speeches at three events that were held in London at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Andrew Lansley; in Glasgow at Glasgow […]

FEATURE: Against all Odds

Success Story of Rula Eid After high school, I was at a crossroads: to get married or continue my education. These were the options my father gave me. I chose married life. A few months after my marriage, I got pregnant with triplets: two boys and a girl. However, I got divorced soon after I […]

Bethlehem University’s International Board of Regents Meets in Rome

The International Board of Regents of Bethlehem University met at the Generalate of the Christian Brothers de La Salle in Rome on 27-29 June 2019. Work during these three days was conducted by Professor Bart McGettrick, Chairman of the International Board of Regents; Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University; and Brother Robert […]

Bethlehem University Holds 43rd Graduation Ceremony

Bethlehem University conferred degrees upon 764 graduates during its 43rd commencement on Monday and Tuesday, 24 and 25 June 2019. The event took place at Auditorium in the Social Cultural Center in the presence of the Chancellor, H. E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli; Vice Chancellor, Br. Peter Bray; the Deans of the faculties; Faculty and Staff members; […]

CEU San Pablo University Delegation on Campus for a Visit

A delegation from the CEU San Pablo University visited Bethlehem University on Monday, 24 June 2019. The delegation was welcomed by Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Irene Hazou; Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Ms. Hanadi Soudah Younan; Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Ms. Mariam Awad; Chairperson of Arabic, Dr. […]

Bethlehem 2000 Foundation Visits Campus

A Chilean Palestinian delegation from the Bethlehem 2000 Foundation visited Bethlehem University last week. The delegation included the Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr. Alexis Sfier; Chairman of the Palestinian Community in Chile, Mr. Maurice Khamis; and members from the Foundation.  Executive Vice President, Dr. Michael Sansur; Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Mr. Isaac Sahhar, […]

FEATURE: New Discoveries in World Heritage Site

Palestine contains diverse habitats for such a small country and is biologically more diverse than some countries ten times its size. For the first time, the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University is carrying out projects that protect both people and nature. Several plant species are declining rapidly due to political […]

Bethlehem University, Beit Jala Municipality to Promote Tourism

Bethlehem University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beit Jala Municipality on Friday, 14 June 2019, in the Municipality Headquarters. Vice Chancellor, Brother Peter Bray, and Beit Jala Mayor, Nicola Khamis, signed the MoU in the presence of the Director of the Institute of Community Partnership (ICP), Moussa Rabadi, and a number of the […]

15 Bethlehem University Students Visit Germany

The Department of Social Sciences at Bethlehem University has partnered with the Department of Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine – Westphalia (KatHO) in Germany for an academic exchange program that will continue for the coming 15 years. The Department’s Chairperson and program coordinator, Dr. Ferdoos Abed Rabbo Al-Issa, […]

Vice Chancellor Meets New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission

Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo, Mr. Ross Batchelor; and Desk Officer for Palestine at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Ms. Jennecca Evalu, visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 23 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and Development Officer Ms. Shahinda Nassar met the delegation and […]

Book Launching Ceremony Held on Campus

The Arabic Department at Bethlehem University held a launching ceremony for Sister Raymonde Cobin’s book “the world is my homeland and people are my brothers and sisters” on Monday, 20 May 2019. Chairperson of the Arabic Department, Dr. Said Ayyad, welcomed the attendees after playing the Palestinian anthem. He said the Department was proud that […]

Representative of Mexico in Palestine Visits Bethlehem University Draft

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Dr. Pedro Blanco, the Representative of Mexico in Palestine, on his first visit to Bethlehem University since assuming office in September 2018. Vice President for Advancement, Brother Denis Loft; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Irene Hazou; Communications Officer, George Rishmawi; and Brother Alejandro […]

New Exhibit Opens at Palestine Museum of Natural History

The Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University in partnership with Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil held an opening ceremony of the Ethnography Exhibit under the patronage of Bethlehem Governor, Mr. Kamel Hamid, on Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President, emphasized the role of Bethlehem University in promoting cultural work through academic […]

Educational Business Market Held on Campus

The Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration held its annual educational Business Market from Tuesday, 30 April 2019 until Friday, 3 May 2019. Dr. Fadi Kattan, Dean of the Faculty, said at the opening ceremony that senior students had worked for three months in groups supervised by their professors, where they negotiated with companies’ […]

Over 60 Jobs Offered at Bethlehem University’s Annual Career Day

Sponsored by Al-Mashreq Insurance Company On Wednesday, 17 April 2019, the Dean of Students Office organized the annual career day at the auditorium in which more than 35 companies and organizations participated. Around 400 work interviews were held with senior students and graduates during the event that aimed to increase employment opportunities for Bethlehem University […]

Second Annual Workshop on Software Engineering

The Department of Software Engineering at Bethlehem University held its second annual workshop on Software Engineering on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at Furno Hall. Information technology professionals and software engineers from the private sector attended the workshop in addition to members of faculty, staff and students. The workshop was sponsored by PALAst, ProGineer Technologies, iconnect […]

Bethlehem University Commemorates 300 years of De La Salle

On 7 April 2019, Bethlehem University faculty, staff, and the De La Salle Christian Brothers commemorated the 300th anniversary of the death of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Patron Saint of all teachers. The worldwide tercentenary campaign is titled “#300LaSalle: One Heart; One […]

Social Sciences Department Holds Seventh Annual Conference

“Development in Palestine: Trends and Alternatives” The Social Sciences Department at Bethlehem University held its seventh annual conference entitled “Development in Palestine: Trends and Alternatives” sponsored by the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) on Tuesday, 02 April 2019.   This year’s conference aimed at creating a thinking space to deal with and criticize development concepts. It […]

100th Endowed Scholarship Established

Bethlehem University has signed an agreement for its 100th endowed scholarship with Mr. Naim Jadue Ganem of Chile. Brother Denis Loft, Vice President for Advancement met and welcomed Mr. Jadue who visited campus during his visit to Palestine last Thursday. Mr. Jadue’s endowed scholarship was made in memory of his grandparents; Bishara Hanna Jadallah Hadweh and […]