Bethlehem University

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Bethlehem University is the first university founded in the West Bank
West Bank
The West Bank ) of the Jordan River is the landlocked geographical eastern part of the Palestinian territories located in Western Asia. To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the state of Israel. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan...

, Palestine
Palestine is a conventional name, among others, used to describe the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands....

. Bethlehem University traces its roots to 1893 when the De La Salle Christian Brothers opened schools in 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...

, Jerusalem, Jaffa
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, Nazareth
Nazareth is the largest city in the North District of Israel. Known as "the Arab capital of Israel," the population is made up predominantly of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel...

, Turkey
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, Lebanon
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, Jordan
Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

, and Egypt
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Current and former faculty

  • Qustandi Shomali
    Qustandi Shomali
    Qustandi Shomali , is a professor of history at Bethlehem University.-His studies:He worked as an Arabic teacher in Algeria from 1965–72; received a B.A in Arabic literature from Oran University in Algeria in 1971, worked as editor of the Arab World Review in Canada from 1972 to 1975 and as...

     Professor, chair of the Arabic Language Department
  • Alma Jadallah
    Alma Jadallah
    Alma Jadallah Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah is an internationally known specialist in conflict resolution.-Professional Contributions:National and international conflict resolution practitioner and scholar with more than a decade of experience in education, research, monitoring and evaluation, training...

     former Visiting Professor, creator of program in conflict resolution.

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See also

  • 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...