Al-Quds University

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Al-Quds University is a Palestinian
Palestinian people
The Palestinian people, also referred to as Palestinians or Palestinian Arabs , are an Arabic-speaking people with origins in Palestine. Despite various wars and exoduses, roughly one third of the world's Palestinian population continues to reside in the area encompassing the West Bank, the Gaza...

 university
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 with campuses in Jerusalem, Abu Dis
Abu Dis
Abu Dis is a Palestinian town in the Jerusalem Governorate, bordering Jerusalem. Abu Dis is due east of the Jerusalem municipal border. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics , the town had a population of approximately 12,100 in mid-year 2006.-Ottoman era:Abu Dis was one of the...

, and al-Bireh
Al-Bireh
al-Bireh or el-Bira is a Palestinian city adjacent to Ramallah in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem. It is situated on the central ridge running through the West Bank and is above sea level, covering an area of...

. It was founded in 1984, but its official constitution was written in 1993 when Mohammed Nusseibeh, its first Chancellor and Chancellor of the College of Science and Technology, announced its formation.

Its founding constituent colleges included the colleges of Science and Technology, Paramedical Sciences, Arts and Religious Studies. Its School of Medicine, associated with the city's Maqasid hospital, was the first college to be founded directly under the banner of Al-Quds in 1993, and is the first Palestinian medical school. Al-Quds is governed by a Board of Trustees. The founding board was headed by Mohammed Nusseibeh and included Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem is the Sunni Muslim cleric in charge of Jerusalem's Islamic holy places, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.-Ottoman era:...

 Sheikh
Sheikh
Not to be confused with sikhSheikh — also spelled Sheik or Shaikh, or transliterated as Shaykh — is an honorific in the Arabic language that literally means "elder" and carries the meaning "leader and/or governor"...

 Ikrema Sabri, Adnan al-Husayni
Adnan al-Husayni
Adnan Ghaleb al-Husayni is the governor for Quds Governorate, Waqf supervisor and member of Palestinian Authority Higher Council of Tourism. He belongs to the well-known al-Husayni clan of Jerusalem where he was born.-History:...

, Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat
Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also Erakat; Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt, born April 28, 1955 in Jordanian controlled East Jerusalem was the Palestinian chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 12 February 2011...

 and others as members. The first president, Hatem Husseini was followed by the current acting president, Sari Nusseibeh
Sari Nusseibeh
Sari Nusseibeh , and raised in Jerusalem, is a Palestinian professor of philosophy and president of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem...

.

The University, the only Arab University in Jerusalem, provides higher education and community services within the Jerusalem area and to the neighboring towns, villages and refugee camps in the West Bank.

It has ten academic faculties on four campuses: Arts, Science and Technology, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Law, Qur'an and Islamic Studies, Health Professions, Engineering, and Jurisprudence. These faculties accommodate more than six thousand students from the Jerusalem area and from the districts of Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Bethlehem is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank of the Jordan River, near Israel and approximately south of Jerusalem, with a population of about 30,000 people. It is the capital of the Bethlehem Governorate of the Palestinian National Authority and a hub of Palestinian culture and tourism...

, Hebron
Hebron
Hebron , is located in the southern West Bank, south of Jerusalem. Nestled in the Judean Mountains, it lies 930 meters above sea level. It is the largest city in the West Bank and home to around 165,000 Palestinians, and over 500 Jewish settlers concentrated in and around the old quarter...

, Jenin
Jenin
Jenin is the largest town in the Northern West Bank, and the third largest city overall. It serves as the administrative center of the Jenin Governorate and is a major agricultural center for the surrounding towns. In 2007, the city had a population of 120,004 not including the adjacent refugee...

, Jericho
Jericho
Jericho ; is a city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories. It is the capital of the Jericho Governorate and has a population of more than 20,000. Situated well below sea level on an east-west route north of the Dead Sea, Jericho is the lowest permanently...

, Nablus
Nablus
Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...

, Ramallah
Ramallah
Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem, adjacent to al-Bireh. It currently serves as the de facto administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority...

, Tulkarem, and Qalqilia. The university continues to deliver educational services and engage students in positive learning experiences, so that they may envision and hope for a better future. The University maintains two Jerusalem campuses and administrative offices in the American Colony and in Beit Hanina
Beit Hanina
Beit Hanina is a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem on the road to Ramallah. It is bordered by Hizma to the east, Shuafat to the south, Beit Iksa and Nabi Samwil to the west, and Bir Nabala, al-Jib, Kafr Aqab and ar-Ram to the north. The total area of Beit Hanina is 20 sq. kilometers...

, though since the Second Intifada many classes have been moved to other campuses in Abu Dis
Abu Dis
Abu Dis is a Palestinian town in the Jerusalem Governorate, bordering Jerusalem. Abu Dis is due east of the Jerusalem municipal border. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics , the town had a population of approximately 12,100 in mid-year 2006.-Ottoman era:Abu Dis was one of the...

. Other campuses operate in al-Bireh
Al-Bireh
al-Bireh or el-Bira is a Palestinian city adjacent to Ramallah in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem. It is situated on the central ridge running through the West Bank and is above sea level, covering an area of...

 next to Ramallah
Ramallah
Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the central West Bank located 10 kilometers north of Jerusalem, adjacent to al-Bireh. It currently serves as the de facto administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority...

 and Tubas
Tubas
Tubas or Toubas is a small Palestinian city in the northeastern West Bank, located northeast of Nablus, a few kilometers west of the Jordan River. A city of over 16,000 inhabitants, it serves as the economic and administrative center of the Tubas Governorate. Its urban area consists of 2,271 dunams...

.

The university faces a major, unprecedented financial and operational crisis brought about by the dire economic and social situation presently prevailing in the area. Steady subsidies are not available, and the university is unable to charge its students full tuition fees commensurate with real costs. Recent contributions from Arab governments alleviated the crisis somewhat, enabling the university to pay a portion of the salaries of its 723 support staff employees and faculty members. This temporary, one-time assistance made it possible to re-start the present academic year.

Faculties


Deanship of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Admin. & Economic Science

Faculty of Da'wa & Religious Studies

Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Health Professions

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Public Health

Faculty of Qur’an and Islamic Studies

Faculty of Science & Technology

Honors College

medicine school

  • Proph. Hisham Darwish
  • Hani Abdeen
  • Abdul Salam Abdul Ghani
  • Dina Bitar
  • Fahmi Jubran
  • Ghassan Balousha
  • Mahmoud Zaatra
  • Rula Abdul Ghani
  • Sabber Al Alloul
  • Suhail Hammdan
  • Suhair Ereqat
  • Yasin Tayem

The barrier


On October 1, 2003 a major campaign protesting the planned route of Israel’s barrier was inaugurated by University officials, which was to have cut directly through the university campus. Meetings were held on campus by students and staff held lectures and the case was presented directly to Washington officials by the university president Sari Nusseibeh
Sari Nusseibeh
Sari Nusseibeh , and raised in Jerusalem, is a Palestinian professor of philosophy and president of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem...

. The route of the wall was to have cut across 65 dunams of university land, one-third of the campus grounds. Two fields would have been destroyed along with the garden and parking lot, further the university’s main entrance would have been closed. Eventually, Israel changed the route of the barrier after pressure from the United States administration and meetings with the university’s lawyers.

Partnership with Brandeis University


Brandeis University
Brandeis University
Brandeis University is an American private research university with a liberal arts focus. It is located in the southwestern corner of Waltham, Massachusetts, nine miles west of Boston. The University has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students. In 2011, it...

 and Al Quds have enjoyed sister institution status since 1998 when Jehuda Reinharz of Brandeis and Sari Nusseibeh decided to formalize the ´Brandeis-Al-Quds Partnership´. Cooperation and institution building is a fundamental part of this partnership. In 2008 and 2009 Brandeis and Al Quds Students met in Istanbul as part of the Brandeis-Al-Quds Summer Institutue to discuss the theoretical concept of a ´good society´ through literature, political documents, and travel journals. In May 2009, a Brandeis delegation of four undergraduates and eight faculty members visited Al Quds University to strengthen the partnership and explore future cooperation. Al Quds students are expected to visit Brandeis in the fall of 2009.

Partnership with Bard College


In February 2009, Bard College
Bard College
Bard College, founded in 1860 as "St. Stephen's College", is a small four-year liberal arts college located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.-Location:...

 announced the first dual degree program between a Palestinian university and an American institution of higher education. The College entered into a collaboration with Al-Quds University involving an honors college, a masters program in teaching and a model high school.

Al-Quds University Centers and Institutes


  • Al-Quds human rights clinic
  • Al-Quds nutrition and health research institute
  • American studies institute (affiliated with Faculty of Arts)
  • Center for chemical & biological analysis
  • Center for human rights & humanitarian law
  • Center for jerusalem studies
  • Center for radiation science and technology
  • Child institute
  • Community action center
  • Center for development in primary health care
  • Ethnomusicology research and studies center
  • Institute of archaeology
  • INSAN center for gender and women's studies
  • Institute of area studies
  • Institute of business and economic studies (SKITCE
    SKITCE
    The Said Khoury IT Center of Excellence is the information technology center at Al-Quds University. The center was established in 2003 with the help of the American Near East Refugee Aid . The costs of establishing the center were donated by Mr. Said Khoury...

    )

  • Institute of forensic medicine
  • Institute of modern media
  • Islamic research center
  • Issam sartawi center
  • Jericho local urban observatory centre
  • Language resource center
  • Medical research center
  • Palestine center for traumatic stress studies
  • Said Khoury IT center of excellence
  • Science and technology center
  • Science discovery center

See also


  • :Category:Al-Quds University alumni
  • List of Palestinian universities
  • Education in the Palestinian territories
    Education in the Palestinian territories
    Education in the Palestinian territories refers to the educational system in Gaza and the West Bank administered by the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Enrollment rates amongst Palestinians are relatively high by regional and global standards. This reflects the great values...


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