Category: Bethlehem University News

Lasallian Dialogue on Racism: A Global Pandemic

Prof. Jamil Khder, Dean of Research and the editor-in-chief of the Bethlehem University Journal, served on a live stream panel titled, “Global Perspectives on Racism,” which was held on Thursday, 24 September 2020. On this panel, speakers from various Lasallian universities from the United States, Guatemala, the Philippines, and Palestine spoke about the various dimensions of […]

Bethlehem University Mourns the Death of Brother Régis-Claude Robbe, FSC

Bethlehem University mourns the death of Brother Regis-Claude Robbe, FSC, the Former Provincial of Proche-Orient District. Brother Robbe passed away peacefully in Cairo on Friday, 18 September 2020, at the age of 83. He spent most of his life serving Lasallian Schools in the Middle East. He visited Bethlehem University in 2012 accompanying Brother Álvaro […]

Bethlehem University Welcomes New Students on Campus

The Office of the Dean of Students at Bethlehem University held orientation days for 964 new students who were admitted for the 2020/2021 academic year. These face-to-face orientation days were the second element of the new student orientation to introduce them to the Deans and faculty members. A day for each Faculty was held separately […]

Professor Qumsiyeh Donates Award Money to PIBS, Bethlehem University

Prof. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Director of Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University received the prestigious “2020 Paul K. Feyerabend Award—a World of Solidarity is Possible” Prof. Qumsiyeh said he accepted the award on behalf of the team at the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability […]

New Academic Year 2020-2021 Begins Amid Pandemic

The fall 2020 semester at Bethlehem University began on Monday, 14 September 2020. This year, the safety of staff, faculty members, and students vis-a-vis the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread is top priority. Bethlehem University has planned for the semester based on the instructions and decisions of competent authorities, headed by the Higher Education Council, the Ministry […]

Mrs. Wedad Abu Dayyeh Academic Excellence Award Conferred upon Rona El-Yousef

On Friday, 4 September 2020, Bethlehem University organized a reception to confer upon Rona Sami El-Yousef the Academic Excellence Award in Hotel Management and Tourism established by Mrs. Wedad Abu Dayyeh. Vice Chancellor, Br. Peter Bray, opened the ceremony by welcoming Rona’s family, Mr. Hani Abu Dayyeh and members of the Executive Council.  Br. Peter […]

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 following are her contact information: Email:  edsouza@bethlehem.edu Office number is ext. 2024. Our warm congratulatory wishes to Elizabeth  as […]

Book dates to 1907 at BU Library

The Historical Geography of the Holy Land: especially in relation to the history of Israel and of the early Church by George Adam Smith, D.D. (a short overview) This rare book on its 4th edition dated MCMVII (1907) published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, offers the readers an interesting treatise on the history of Palestine […]

New Programs Offered for Class of 2024

Bethlehem University received hundreds of applications for the newly offered programs that were launched with the Fall 2020 cohort. The Office of Academic Affairs has gained accreditations from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for a Master’s Degree in Oncology and Palliative Care, a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a Minor in […]

Bethlehem University Holds Virtual Orientation

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in March 2020, Bethlehem University has undertaken a series of new procedures to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, for the first time, Bethlehem University held a virtual orientation for the newly accepted students for the academic year 2020-2021. The virtual orientation, organized by the Office of the Dean of […]

Bethlehem University Mourns the Passing of Mr. Jose Said

Bethlehem University mourns the passing of Mr. Jose Siad, a true friend and supporter in the mission of education. Mr. Said has supported Bethlehem University through the Belen 2000 Fundacion for many years. His recent donation was for the construction of the Nursing building, soon to be completed.  The Physiotherapy Clinic in the ground floor will be named after the […]

Call for new start-ups, already existing businesses, and social businesses

Do you have an innovative idea or business? Are you thinking to develop your business to something else to overcome the economic crisis? Do you want to establish a business that also benefits the society providing a missing product/service or creating employment? The Bethlehem Business Incubator (BBI) and the Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) of […]

Register to the Master in Tourism Studies Program

It is possible now to register to the Master in Tourism Studies Program (MRTS). The program is a two-year postgraduate course which aims at providing an in-depth analysis of the main academic and technical issues whose knowledge represents an asset for the development of the tourism industry in Palestine. The Master’s program is multidisciplinary: it […]

Father Iyad Twal Appointed Executive Vice President

The Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University, Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, announced Saturday 27 June 2020 that the university decided to appoint Father Iyad Twal as executive Vice President, to replace Dr. Michael Sansur who has decided to take one year leave from the university after being in this position for nine years. Brother Peter mentioned […]

Bethlehem University News magazine – Spring 2020 is out

The Advancement Office announces the publication of the Bethlehem University News (BUN) magazine – spring 2020 issue. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the magazine is published online and will not be printed and sent by mail. In this issue of the BUN, we highlight some of the different achievements of students and our outreach to […]

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 […]

Formula of success, Aviation era after the pandemic

A group of 10 brilliant ardent students studying Aviation Economics lectured by Airlines Economics Expert Rene Zambile and professor at the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism at Bethlehem University, came out with the following ideas to be passed over to IATA through Mr. Mohammad Apesh Senior Staff at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) […]

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Peer Initiative

CETL Fall Peer initiative hosted on 21 November 2019 Dr. Ahmad Fasfous  from the Department of Social Science to talk about integrating principles of psychology in the teaching process.   Dr. Ahmed gave a brief introduction to theories and terms and explained the importance of being aware of how memory whether short or long influence the […]

CETL In-Depth Peer Initiatives: Learner-Centered Teaching and Learning Spring 2020

No. Subject Date/ LocationB-107 Facilitated by 1  Flipped Classroom Monday 27/01/2020Thursday 30/01/202011:00-13:00 Dr. Huwaida Rabie,Mr. Alex. HadwehMr. Elias Mukarker  2 Problem-BasedLearning Monday 03/02/2020Thursday 06/02/202011:00-13:00 Ms. Paola HandalDr. Hala Nassar 3  Project-Based Learning Monday 10/02/2020Thursday 13/02/202011:00-13:00 Dr. Ahmad FasfousMs. Paola Handal  4  AssessmentStudent Card & Course Individualization   Monday 17/02/2020Thursday 20/02/202011:00-13:00 Dr. Suhail OdehMr. Mahdi Kleibo […]

Two Faculty Members Win Research Grants in Quebec

Dr. Jamil Khader and Dr. Zein Al-Abideen Al-Awawdeh awarded research grants Dr. Jamil Khader, Dean of Research and Professor in the English Department, and Zein Al-Abideen Al-Awawdeh, Associate Professor in the Arabic Department, were awarded research grants through the Palestine Quebec Science Bridge (PQSB). The Bridge is funded by the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, […]

Bethlehem University Education Alumna Brings Her Elementary Pupils to the Library

“Sowing Hope, Touching Hearts” Ms. Nour Al-Madboh, a 1996 Education graduate of Bethlehem University, along with her co-teacher, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Mr. Mohammad Sadek has come to the University Library on two occasions to orient their young pupils with what a learning resource center is all about. The young third-grade pupils were toured around the Library, noiselessly, as they […]

Faculty and Staff Meet to Inaugurate New Semester

Bethlehem University held its faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, to mark the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. Opening prayer and reflection were led by Brother Peter Iorlano, Coordinator of Institutional Values, based on the Lasallian theme for 2020 “Great Things Are Possible”. Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice President for Academic Affairs, presided […]

Feature: Preserving Folk Art

“Dancing Dabke is the only thing that helps me get out of the depression of passing checkpoints,” said Nour Bakri a fourth-year student from Jerusalem who is majoring in Business Administration. “When I hear the sound of music, I disengage from the whole world; I start to move my legs without even realizing it.” Nour […]

Alumni Children’s Christmas Party Held on Campus

The Alumni Relations Office organized the annual alumni Christmas party for the graduates and their children in the auditorium on Friday, 3 January 2020. The alumni were greeted by Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray, Vice President for Advancement Brother Belayneh Medhanit, FSC, and Alumni Relations Officer Ms. Haneen Musleh. Ms. Haneen welcomed the alumni on […]

For the Love of Education: Art Club Supports Orphans

“I eagerly await Fridays so I can play with the children and put smiles on their faces,” Christine Handal said. Christine, a third-year student majoring in Primary Level Education, took part in the Faculty of Education’s Art Club during the 2019 spring semester. The Art Club was established in 2014 by students in the Faculty […]

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, […]

FoBU-GB Board of Trustees Chair Visits Campus

Dr. David Smith, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Bethlehem University – Great Britain (FoBU-GB), visited Bethlehem University on Monday, 27 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray met Dr. Smith and welcomed him on campus. They discussed the final arrangements for Brother Peter’s visit to London, Glasgow, and Liverpool in June. […]

University Community Remembers Brother Anton De Roeper in Memorial Mass

Bethlehem University community celebrated the life and remembered the dedication of Brother Anton De Roeper, FSC, in a memorial mass on Friday, 24 May 2019, in the Chapel of the Divine Child. Father Mamdouh Abu Sada presided over the memorial mass assisted by Father Peter DuBrul, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Brother Anton passed away […]

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 […]

Chilean MPs visit Bethlehem University campus

A delegation from the Chilean Parliament led by MP Sergio Gahona visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 23 May 2019. The delegation included seven members of the Chilean Parliament from different political groups in addition to members of the Palestinian community in Chile. Executive Vice President Dr. Michael Sansur welcomed the delegation and briefed them about […]

Board of Trustees Chair Retires after 22 Years of Dedicated Service

Mrs. Claudette Habesch, Chair of the Board of Trustees, has stepped down from Bethlehem University Board of Trustees after their meeting on Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Mrs. Habesch has been on the Board for 22 years as a member including the last 3 years as Chair of the Board. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray said […]

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 […]

Former Vice Chancellor, Brother Anton De Roeper FSC passes away

Bethlehem University mourns the death of Brother Anton De Roeper, former vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University.  Brother Anton passed away peacefully on Saturday 18 May 2019 in the UK, a few days short of his 85th birthday.Brother Anton first came to Bethlehem University in 1977 as a lecturer, leaving in 1979 to lecture at Hopwood, Liverpool before returning to […]

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 […]

EOHSJ – Victoria Lieutenancy Visit Campus and Engage with Students

Members of the Victoria Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) visited Bethlehem University as part of their pilgrimage tour to the Holy Land on Monday, 13 May 2019. Leading the group was Lieutenant Emeritus William Kininmonth, KC*HS, who along with his group, were greeted by Brother Denis Loft, Vice […]

Sr. Marie-Paul Farran, O.S.B. (1930– 2019)

As you walk through the second floor of the De La Salle building, you cannot but be amazed by the three icons written by Sr. Marie-Paul Farran, O.S.B..  The triptych was dedicated in August of 2010. Sr. Marie-Paul passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the age of 89 in Jerusalem leaving a legacy […]

New Release: An Etymological Lexicon of Foreign Words in Palestinian Arabic

The Institute of Oral Cultural Heritage of the Palestinians / Bethlehem University published a new book titled “An Etymological Lexicon of Foreign Words in Palestinian Arabic”. The book deals with the etymology of foreign words in the Palestinian dialect. The words were collected in the last two decades from informants in different locations in Palestine […]

EOHSJ – USA Western Lieutenancy Group on Campus for a Visit

Following the visit of H.E. Michael Scott Feeley, Lieutenant of the Western Lieutenancy, last April, Deacon Sir Ryan Adams led a pilgrimage group of members of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) on a visit to Bethlehem University on Thursday, 9 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Consul General of Belgium Meets Vice Chancellor

Bethlehem University was very pleased to welcome to campus Mrs. Danielle Haven, Consul General of Belgium in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray briefed the Consul General of the latest development plans of Bethlehem University. He also thanked the Consul General for the support of the Belgium people through the […]

Palestinian Minister of Culture Visits Bethlehem University

The newly appointed Palestinian Minister of Culture, Dr. Atef Abu Saif, visited Bethlehem University on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Michael Sansur, welcomed Dr. Abu Saif and briefed him with the mission and history of Bethlehem University. They discussed the current preparations to celebrate Bethlehem as the Capital of Arab Culture for […]

Prominent Businessman Visits Bethlehem University

Chilean businessman of Palestinian origins, Dr. Álvaro Saieh Bendeck, visited Bethlehem University on Thursday, 2 May 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed Dr. Saieh and introduced him to Bethlehem University through an introductory tour of the campus, followed by a luncheon in the Institute of Hotel Management. Dr. Saieh expressed his admiration of the […]

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 […]

Honors Day Recognizes Outstanding Students

Bethlehem University honored outstanding student achievements during the annual Honors Day ceremony organized by the Dean of Students Office on Thursday, 2 May 2019. The two students with the highest GPA in the fall 2018 semester from each faculty received award plaques for their achievement, and certificates were distributed to all students with 3.5 GPA […]

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 […]

Bethlehem University, Cardinal Wyszyński University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Bethlehem University and the Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday, 15 April 2019 in the Executive Conference Room. The general purpose of this agreement is to promote collaborative research, other educational developments, and to further mutual understanding.  The signing was done by Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President, and […]

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 Commitment; […]

Faculty of Nursing Holds Alumni Open Day

The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences along with the Alumni Office held a reunion for all the faculty’s alumni on Tuesday, 2 April 2019. The open day aimed to empower nurses in the field of health work and to strengthen the management and leadership skills of senior students. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. […]

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 […]

Creative Writing Competition Winners Announced

Bethlehem University’s English Department announced the winners of its third Creative Writing Competition on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Chairperson of the Department, Ms. Hanadi Younan, thanked the competition committee and announced the winners of this year.    The 1st prize winner in Poetry was Eslam Dabank from the […]

New Volume of Bethlehem University Journal is out on JSTOR

The new volume of the Bethlehem University Journal (BUJ) has just come out and can be accessed on JSTOR by clicking here.This is a special issue that deals with different aspects of education and pedagogy in Palestine, the region, and the world, and includes articles on plagiarism at Bethlehem University, vocational training, and violence.  BUJ is also […]

Patrons of Bethlehem University Foundation Visit Campus

Bethlehem University was delighted to welcome a group of patrons and friends of the Bethlehem University Foundation on campus on Thursday, 28 February 2019. Led by John Schlageter, the Foundation’s Executive Director, the pilgrimage was directed by Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, […]

Alumna to Represent MENA at G(irls)20 Summit in Japan

Bethlehem University alumna and 2018 Valedictorian, Lara Kasbari, has been selected to represent the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) at the 10th annual G(irls)20 Summit in Japan in May. “G(irls)20 is coming to Japan for the 10th annual Global Summit. 20+ young women from around the world will arrive in Tokyo for a […]

International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Discussion Held on Campus

Bethlehem University hosted the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist discussion on Thursday, 7 February 2019. The second panel discussion on this year’s shortlist was held in Furno Hall with IPAF judge Zhang HongYi, Chair of Trustees Professor Yasir Suleiman, and Prize Administrator Fleur Montanaro. In his welcoming remarks, Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Grand Master of EOHSJ Visits Bethlehem University

The Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) His Eminence Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien and the Governor General of the EOHSJ His Excellency Ambassador Leonardo Visconti di Modrone visited Bethlehem University on Monday, 4 February 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray welcomed His Eminence and the group members whose presence […]

President of Malta Visits Campus and Gives Lecture

President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca visited Bethlehem University campus and gave a lecture on “Tourism for Peace” on Thursday, 31 January 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray and the Executive Council welcomed President Coleiro Preca and the delegation accompanying her. Brother Peter thanked Malta’s President for her visit as it “helps to keep hope […]

Spring 2019 Semester Begins with Faculty and Staff Meeting

Bethlehem University faculty and staff gathered for a meeting on Wednesday, 16 January 2019, after the Christmas and New Year’s break to mark the beginning of the new Spring 2019 semester. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Irene Hazou presided over the meeting which began with a reflection by Brother Peter Iorlano, Coordinator of Institutional […]

Christmas Party for Children of Alumni Held on Campus

The Alumni Relations Office organized the annual alumni Christmas party for the graduates and their children at the auditorium on Friday, 4 January 2019. The alumni were greeted by Vice President for Advancement Brother Denis Loft, FSC, and Alumni Relations Officer Ms. Haneen Musleh. Brother Denis wished everyone a new year full of happiness and […]

Bethlehem University Launches Yunus Social Business Centre

The Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration held “Bethlehem University Social Business Day” on Friday, 14 December 2018, to launch the Yunus Social Business Centre. Master of Ceremonies Dean of the Faculty Dr. Fadi Kattan welcomed the attendees and the guests who were coming from the University of Florence. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray […]

Faculty of Science Holds Science Fair

The Faculty of Science held its two days science fair on Friday and Saturday 20-21 April 2018. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, representatives of the Bethlehem office of the Ministry of Education, faculty, staff, and students attended the opening ceremony. Dr. Michel Hanania, Dean of the Faculty of Science, welcomed the audience […]

Celebrating Women at Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University celebrated International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day  on Thursday, 15 March 2018 at the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism. The Office of Human Resources and Administrative Affairs invited all female employees to a buffet prepared by the Institute. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray expressed gratitude to everyone  for their hard work and […]

Gala Dinner to Expand Nurse Education Facility

On Friday 24 November 2017, Bethlehem University held a Gala Dinner to raise funds for a new building to be called the John Patrick Cardinal Foley Hall. The event, sponsored by the Bank of Palestine, was held at Nissan Hall in Bethlehem and attended by a number of Palestinian business people and officials, in addition […]

Workshop on Breast Cancer Awareness

Bethlehem University’s Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences in cooperation with the Public Health Center in Bethlehem held a breast cancer awareness workshop on Monday November 6, 2017. Furno Hall, where the two hour workshop was held, was full of students, faculty and staff in addition to guests who were interested in the subject.  Dr. […]

Religious Studies Department Holds Annual Mandate Mass

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, the Religious Studies Department at Bethlehem University held its 16th annual Mandate Mass for its graduates in the Chapel of the Divine Child. The mass was held to celebrate the graduates as they are about to begin their careers as religion teachers. Father Iyad Twal, Director General of the Latin […]

Physiotherapy Workshop at Bethlehem University

In cooperation with the Holy Child Center, the Physiotherapy Program at the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences organized a therapeutic week for the assessment and treatment of children with neurological conditions in Palestine. The week included a two day workshop at Bethlehem University titled Assessment Tools and Outcome Measures for Pediatric Neurotherapy. Ms. Jane […]

Opening Renovated Bethlehem University Library

On February 24th the  renovated University Library yesterday was festively opened in the presence of  the International Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees as well as Mr. Thomas Staal, the USAID-ASHA representative. H.E. Excellency Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine was also present, as well as His Beautitude Fouad Twal, the […]

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