Bethlehem University

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Bethlehem University
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Motto Indivisa manent
Motto in English
Remain Undivided
Established 1973
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Chancellor Most Rev. Giuseppe Lazzarotto
Vice-Chancellor Brother Peter Bray
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 3,200 (Fall 2013)
Location Bethlehem, Palestinian National Authority
Alumni appx 14,000
Affiliations ACCU

Bethlehem University (Arabic: جامعة بيت لحم‎) is the first university founded in the West Bank, Palestinian National Authority. Bethlehem University traces its roots to 1893 when the De La Salle Christian Brothers opened schools in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Nazareth, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.

Mission Statement[edit]

Bethlehem University is a Catholic co-educational institution in the Lasallian tradition whose mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of Palestine and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge.

The University emphasizes excellence in academic programs and the development of students as committed people prepared to assume leading positions in society. The University aspires to fostering shared values, moral principles and dedication to serving the common good.[1]


  • Faculty of Arts

Ms. Hanadi I. Soudah-Younan, the Acting Dean of Arts

  • Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub, Faculty of Business Administration

Dr. Fadi Kattan, Dean

  • Faculty of Education

Dr. Hala Rashed, Dean

  • Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

Ms. Mariam Samara Awad,Dean

  • Faculty of Science

Dr. Haifa Konkar, Dean

  • Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism

Mr. Nabil Mufdi, Director

  • Graduate Programs
    • Masters in International Cooperation and Development (MICAD)
    • Masters of Biotechnology
    • Masters in Tourism Studies [2]

Institutes and centers[edit]

  • Brother Vincent Malham Center
  • Palestinian Traditional Music Archive
  • Cardinal Martini Leadership Institute
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Hereditary Research Laboratory
  • Institute for Community Partnership (ICP)
  • Library
  • UNESCO Biotechnology, Educational and Training Center
  • Water And Soil Environmental Research Unit

Current and former faculty[edit]

  • Alma Jadallah former Visiting Professor, creator of program in conflict resolution.
  • Qustandi Shomali Professor, chair of the Arabic Language Department

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Universities and colleges in the West Bank at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 31°42′53.50″N 35°11′55.0″E / 31.7148611°N 35.198611°E / 31.7148611; 35.198611