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13 December 2014

Ambassador of Finland and Diaconia University visit Bethlehem University

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has been working with Diaconia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland on a three year project that aims to enhance the quality of using technology in teaching at Bethlehem University.


Last Wednesday, December 3rd, the Ambassador of Finland in Ramallah Ms. Pirkko-Liisa Kyostila and the Ambassador’s Development Cooperation Coordinator Ms. Karita Laisi together with representatives from Diaconia University, Prof. Pirjo Hakala, Ms Eila Hunnula, and Mr Kimo Turtiainen visited Bethlehem University and met with Br. Peter Bray, Dr. Irene Hazou,  Dr. Rabab Tamish, and Mr. Philip Daoud.

The positive feedback from the Representative Office of Finland on the progress of the project reflected the success of the team of the project at achieving the projected objectives of the project. Dr. Rabab Tamish and Mr. Walid Attallah have established a unit on Visual Production for T&L in which they developed 15 visual media videos to support the teaching of courses in English, Business, Education, Occupational Therapy, Biology and Hotel Management. In addition, Mr. Philip Daoud and five teachers have shown successful and creative teaching methods at  using  iPad in their courses.

The Innovative Teaching In Higher Education Project has the potential to affect the culture of teaching and learning at the university level, using technology to enrich the academic lives of BU students, especially considering the unstable political circumstances that restrict their mobility and abilities to live a normal academic life.



Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine