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28 April 2017

Australian Members of Parliament Visit Bethlehem University

On Tuesday, April 26, 2017, Bethlehem University welcomed a delegation of Australian Members of Parliament to campus. The delegation included the Honorable Mark Coulton, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative and co-chair of the Parliament of Friends of Palestine, Mrs. Robyn Coulton, Ms. Maria Vamvakinou, co-chair of the Parliament of Friends of Palestine, Mr. Ken O’Dowd, Member of the House of Representatives, Senator Lisa Singh, Senator for Tasmania, and Mr. Ross Hart, Member of the House of Representatives. The guests were joined by His Excellency Izzat Abdelhadi, Palestinian Ambassador to Australia, and Mr. Rabe Barghouthi, representative from the Palestinian Legislative Council. Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University welcomed the guests on behalf of Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD, Vice Chancellor.  In his opening remarks, Dr. Sansur emphasized the common interests in diversity, multiculturalism, and coexistence, and in social justice that the members of the delegation share with the University.

The delegation had the chance to meet with Student Ambassadors, who talked about their lives as students at Bethlehem University. Stressing the importance of education, the Honorable Mark Coulton said, “Education is the key to changing everything- [reducing] poverty, [bringing about] peace, etc.” Reflecting on the delegation’s experience in Palestine, Mr. Ross Hart complimented the Ambassadors saying, “Palestinian people, by their nature, embrace communication.” He shared a story from their time in Palestine expressing their appreciation for the warm welcome they felt from Palestinians.  

The delegation was briefed on the Development Plans of Bethlehem University over lunch prepared by the Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism which was followed by a tour of campus.

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