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15 October, 2012

Bethlehem – Britain – Portland Connected!

International Time Zones Bridged by Bethlehem University graduate

“A first-class career requires a first-class education,” says Jacob Sleibi, a 2011 graduate of Bethlehem University who is currently pursuing the Masters of Finance degree on scholarship from the University of Bradford School of Management in the UK.

Jacob SleibiOn Saturday, 13 October 2012, Jacob Sleibi participated with Brother Jack Curran, Vice President for Development, in the Education Forum of the USA Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. While Brother Jack was with the Lieutenancy at their Annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, Jacob connected with the group via Skype to share about his experience at Bethlehem University and his experience of life in Palestine. 

“I know that my Bethlehem University degree in Computer Information Systems and minor in Business was top-notch,” Jacob reflected. “The idea of continuing my education in the UK first came after the second visit to London in July 2011 at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster for the Christians in the Holy Land Conference at Lambeth Palace.”  

While working in Bethlehem following his graduation from Bethlehem University, Jacob began his search for a Masters program in Finance in order to broaden his perspectives and deepen his knowledge. Being admitted into a university with a high ranking is not an easy process. For example, universities in the UK require both an outstanding academic and English language background. 

Jacob Sleibi“I am so fortunate to have had such a quality and well-structured undergraduate education at Bethlehem University. My teachers were among the best!” Jacob exclaimed. 

While at Bethlehem University, Jacob was able to study for a semester at the University of Delaware in the United States through a grant from the US State Department. He also spent the following summer in Washington DC as an intern at the Washington Report on the Middle East as part of the New Story Leadership program. 

“I believe that education is a basic need for every Palestinian looking for a better future in Palestine, especially in Bethlehem, the Holy city, where sustainable development is a must,” Jacob says. 

While studying in Bradford, Jacob plans to broaden his perspective and knowledge, as well as apply what he learns in day-to-day situations. To this end, he says continuing his studies at the Bradford School of Management is one of the best decisions he has made. 

The University of Bradford has one of the top 100 Business Schools worldwide, according to the Financial Times. The University emphasizes teaching methods of research, critical thinking, and cutting-edge technologies, with access to the trading room inside the school to bridge theory with reality. The 12 modules of the Masters of Science in Finance provide the framework for a challenging and intensive education that affords students an opportunity for specialization in the business economic environment.


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