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For Immediate Release
18 May 2012                                                                                

Bethlehem University, Dabdoub Family, P.M. Salam Fayyad Gather to Celebrate Naming of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration

Bethlehem, Palestine – On Saturday morning, 12 May 2012, Bethlehem University named and blessed the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration, named in honor of the late son of Mr. Ibrahim S. Dabdoub, Group CEO of the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK). The Dabdoub family and Bethlehem University officials hosted many prominent leaders in the Palestinian and international community who gathered to celebrate the blessing and inauguration of the newly named faculty, including Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of Palestine, and Archbishop Antonio Franco, Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine and Chancellor of Bethlehem University.

The Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration is Bethlehem University’s first ever recipient of a major individual gift, bestowed in honor of Mr. Shucri Dabdoub, who passed away unexpectedly in 2010 while in Spain with his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Ibrahim Dabdoub, both Bethlehem natives, feel strongly about preserving their son’s memory and supporting higher education in the place of their heritage and primary education.

“Business is my life and education is my passion,” Mr. Dabdoub said. “It is also fitting that this faculty, a place of learning, inside the institution and the City that hold [Shucri’s] roots, will be a focal point of teaching and preparing young people to pursue a path in Shucri’s footsteps. My wife, daughter and I could find no better way to honor the memory of our beloved late son than to give the young men and women in Palestine an opportunity to obtain a first rate business education and thus the opportunity to improve their lives.”  

Bethlehem University was Palestine’s first university and the area’s only Catholic institution of higher learning. This gesture of such prominent support validates the excellent reputation of the University’s Faculty of Business Administration, unarguably one of the most competitive in the region, says Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University.

“The Dadboub family’s contribution to Bethlehem University signals to us and the world that this campus, which began as a high school where Ibrahim himself began his education, has the formula needed for young Palestinians to transform themselves and the world,” Brother Bray said. “Ibrahim’s leadership in the business world, especially in Kuwait, has been consistently credited as helping to steer the Kuwaiti economy in a positive direction.”

Dr. Fadi Kattan, Dean of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration and 1990 graduate of Bethlehem University, has witnessed the growth of Bethlehem University and the vital role it plays in Palestine and throughout the world.

“We come here for the chance to learn, to teach, to listen, and to be heard,” Dr. Kattan said. “We come … to broaden our horizons, to sharpen our vision, to enlarge our hearts, and to train our minds to solve problems and confront the challenges before us. We come to discover that which inspires us, to find what motivates us, and to connect our personal passions to a larger community interest. We come to discover new ideas, new ways of working, and new ways of thinking. Education is the most powerful and rewarding investment that was ever created.”

Palestinian officials have stressed the need for increased support for Bethlehem University, especially throughout the Arab world. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad commended Bethlehem University and the Dabdoub family for their dedication to developing higher education in Palestine.

The naming event also demonstrates how the Bethlehem University community unites to transcend the difficulties and challenges of life, and transform these challenges into constructive forces for change. Mr. Dabdoub described the painful experience of losing a son, saying, “It leaves a void in one’s heart. The memory is forever present in one’s mind. It was our desire therefore to keep Shucri’s memory alive in a way that celebrates life, which he loved so much, that lead us to provide an endowment to establish a new faculty of business here in Bethlehem.”


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