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14 October 2019

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Advancement Office


Fundraising Gala Dinner

Tickets for the Fundraising Gala Dinner, which will be held on Friday, 29 November 2019, at 7:30 pm at Nissan Banqueting Hall, Bethlehem, are available now at the Advancement Office.

The cost of a ticket for Faculty/ Staff and their partners is 150 NIS.
The cost of a ticket for guests is 200 NIS.

Please contact Rania Hazboun through email: or call ext. 2265 for more information.


BU in the News

We would like to bring to your attention items about Bethlehem University that have appeared in the news recently. They have been uploaded to our website. Please follow the links below if you're interested in reading them.

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Dean of Research Office

  • In collaboration with the Dean of Students Office and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Office, the Office of the Dean of Research and the Research Council are pleased to invite you to a workshop titled, “Indigeneity in Palestine,” which will be held in Furno Hall at 11:00 am on Thursday, 17 October 2019. The workshop aims to develop a Palestinian defection of indigeneity within a comparative international perspective that draws on “distinct racial and cultural configuration of indigeneity and the ways in which it has been shaped by European settler colonialism and conquest since the 15th century.” The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Amal Eqeiq, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature at Williams College and Eman Ghanayem, a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign whom we will be hosting via skype.

  • We would also like to invite you to the screening of the film, “Fanon: Yesterday/ today” by the director Hassane Mezine at 2:00 pm in Furno Hall on Thursday, 17 October 2019. We will host the director via skype after the film screening.

  • You can follow the latest updates on Call for Papers, and Grants and Fellowship Opportunities on the website of Dean of Research.

  • Please, find below an updated link to the New Faculty Accomplishments. Please, keep sending us your accomplishments so we can share them with Bethlehem University community: 

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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning in cooperation with ITU organized a series of workshops of E-Class. The informative sessions on 3rd; 4th; 7th October 2019 taught by Ms. Tina Hazboun, Instructional Technology Unit, targeted all departments and programs and made sure they are scheduled during free faculty hours so the faculty could attend.

The workshops introduced faculty members to E-Class; the learning management platform used at Bethlehem University. The registered participants learned how to navigate individual E-Class dashboards and accounts. They were also introduced to how to upload course materials such as outlines on their course pages, and how to create and take attendance using E-Class modules. These sessions were very informative and the aim was to encourage Bethlehem University faculty to use E-Class regularly. CETL with the ITU will organize workshops also during faculty hours on how to set up grading reports using E-Class.


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Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences


The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences has welcomed a group of doctors and nurses from Grenoble, France. The Dean of the Faculty Ms. Mariam Awad welcomed the group and explained the health system in Palestine, challenges faced, and the contribution of the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bethlehem University in enhancing the level of knowledge, skills, and attitude among its students and health care providers through the offered programs and activities.

The Coordinator of the Clinical Simulation Center Mr. Nouraldin Talbishi and Ms. Narmeen Qumsieh took them on a tour in the Simulation Center. They gave a detailed explanation of the new training mechanism through the nursing simulation. The visitors were impressed by the quality of education offered by the Faculty.

There is a memorandum of understanding of a student exchange program since 2014 between the Faculty and the Municipality of Grenoble, where each year the municipality receives between two to four students for training in hospitals.


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Dean of Students Office


Debate Team Qualifies for Finals

The Debate team, under the supervision of the Dean of Students Offices, won the semi-final round of the debate competition against the Hebron University debate team on Sunday, 13 October 2019 at Al-Quds University. The competition is organized by Filastiniyat Organization, in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Palestinian Universities. The round was distinguished by strong arguments and speeches. The final will be on Thursday, 17 October 2019, where the Bethlehem University debate team will compete against the Arab American University team who won against the Palestine Ahliya University. We wish our wonderful team represented by three students: Lama Wazwaz, Kate Kheir, and Salam Moreb all the best and success during the final. We are so proud of you. 

The debate competition was launched at Bethlehem University on Thursday, 10 October 2019. Four debate sessions were held between eight universities. Bethlehem University team qualified for the semi-finals after winning over the Palestine Polytechnic University team who won the debate competition for the past two consecutive years. 

The Dean of Students Office staff wishes to thank the staff from the different departments and offices including the Registrar, Maintenance, Instructional Technology Unit, and the Event Manager, for their active and professional contribution to the success of this activity which included a large number of representatives from Palestinian universities.


Awareness Seminar titled "You are Life”

The Progressive Student Action Front, under the supervision of the Dean of Student Office and in cooperation with Health Work Committees, organized an awareness seminar under the slogan “you are life”. The seminar, which was held on Thursday, 10 October 2019, was about the early detection of breast cancer.


Palestinian Heritage Day 

The Student Senate, under the supervision of the Dean of Students Office, organized a Palestinian Heritage Day. The Palestinian organization, Al Enma’, participated in this activity which was held on Thursday, 10 October 2019. 


“Look for Your Humanity” Activity

The Afaq group from the Social Activations Unit of the Dean of Students Office discussed the issue of family violence against girls through a social activity entitled “Look for your Humanity”. This activity aimed to give the opportunity for students, administrators, academics and staff to express their attitudes concerning the mentioned issue freely. Interviews were documented through videotaping and will be published in the near future.



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Athletic Department


On Friday, 11 October 2019, the final game of the Fifth Annual Tennis Tournament to honor the memory of the late Brother Cyril Litecky was held in the presence of Vice Chancellor Br. Peter Bray and the Athletic Department Director Samar Araj Mousa. The tournament was divided into two categories according to the participants’ age, under 35 years old, and over 35. For the first category, Mr. Ahamd Ayyad won first place for the fifth consecutive year, and Mr. Issa Taysir came in second. For the second category, Dr. Walid Shaheen won first place, while Mr. Ayman Al-Zain came in second.

Br. Peter Bray thanked and honored the winners and all the participants along with Mr. Issa Rishmawi and Mrs. Araj Mousa. The Athletic Department also honored Mr. Omar Mousa for his support of the Palestinian university sports and also honored the family of the late Mr. Amin Zeit, who founded the Athletic Department at the University. It was decided to make an annual football tournament for the University students to honor the memory of the late Mr. Amin Zeit.

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External Academic Relations Office


We would like to draw your attention to the "latest announcements" listed for this week. They can be found under the External Academic Relations Office heading at the following link: Click here for more information 


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