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Birzeit University (BZU) (Arabic: جامعة بيرزيت) -often abbreviated as BZU- is a non-governmental public university located in Birzeit, near Ramallah. BZU was the first university to be established in Palestine. It has the highest admission averages among other Palestinian universities, and is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Palestine and the Middle East. Birzeit University has 9 faculties, including the Graduate Faculty. These offer 47 BA programs for undergraduate students and 26 MA programs for graduate students.
- 1 About
- 2 History
- 3 Board of Trustees
- 4 Administration
- 5 Faculties
- 6 Undergraduate Programs
- 7 Graduate Studies Programs
- 8 Academic profile
- 9 Notable people
- 10 International Students
- 11 New Master Courses
- 12 International Summer Work Camp
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Birzeit University was the first institution of higher education to be established in Palestine. It intends to provide students with the opportunity to realize their academic aspirations and encourages them to be productive citizens and active members of their community.
The University plays a central role in developing what it believes to be the most valuable national resource in society: people. New graduate and undergraduate programs in information technology, engineering, sciences, social policy, economics, and management are being developed to assist in meeting this objective. Presently, the University Campus is being expanded so that it can meet the growing higher education needs of Palestine, with its various institutes and centers continuing to conduct intensive policy-oriented research to assist in the economic, social, and human development of Palestine.
Birzeit girls school was founded in 1924 by Nabiha Nasir as an elementary school for girls from Birzeit and the surrounding villages. It was one of the first schools in the region. In 1930, it broadened its scope to become a co-educational secondary school, and in 1932 it was renamed Birzeit Higher School. In 1942, the name was changed to Birzeit College. In 1953, a freshman higher education class was incorporated, followed by a sophomore class in 1961.
The year 1948 was a turning point in the history of Birzeit College. By the spring, the political situation looked precarious, and Birzeit administrators worried that the school year (which normally ended in June) would be interrupted by events that might be triggered by the planned withdrawal of British forces and the end of the Mandate that had been established in 1917. The administrators decided to complete the semester curriculum by April. The graduation ceremony was scheduled for April 30 and was to be held under the auspices of Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni, the chief commander of the Palestinian forces. But that was not to be; he was killed on April 8 by the Haganah (Jewish paramilitary forces) at the battle of al-Qastal while defending that hill on the outskirts of Jerusalem. In 1975, Birzeit College changed its name to Birzeit University. Birzeit University was accepted in April 1976 as a member of the Association of Arab Universities.
Board of Trustees
Birzeit University is governed by an autonomous Board of Trustees composed of educators and professionals from the Palestinian community. The board appoints the president of the university. It also confirms the appointment of vice-presidents and deans upon the recommendation of the president. The board approves the budget and general development plans presented to it by the university council.
Following is a list of the names of the board members:
Dr. Hanna Nasir, Chairperson
Dr. Mamdouh Aker, Deputy Chairperson
Dr. Camille Mansour, Secretary General
Mr. lyad Joudeh, Treasurer
Dr. Khalil Hindi, ex-officio, University President
Dr. Suad Al Amiry
Mrs. Nahla Assali
Dr. Ismail El- Zabri
Mr. Basim Khoury
Mr. Iyad Masrouji
Mr. Samir Abdul Hadi
Miss. Nada Al Nashif
Dr. Zuheir Alami
Mr. Waddah Brqawi
Mrs. Leila Chahid
Mr. Samih Darwazah
Dr. Anis Kassim
Mrs. Samia Khoury
Mr. Ayoub Rabah
Mr. Riad Al Sadek
Mrs. Rima Tarazi
The university follows a semester system, with two four-month semesters beginning in Autumn and Spring, and shorter two-month two semesters in summer. Support comes from numerous Palestinian, Arab, and international foundations, as well as from various individuals.
Through Its nine faculties, including the Graduate Faculty, Birzeit University offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs in various fields, where students can choose from 47 Bachelor of the Arts programs and 26 Master's of the Arts programs. Each faculty is constituted from several academic departments that offer specialized courses in all fields. In addition to majors, interested students who want to pursue an extra set of courses in areas different than their majors can be enrolled in minor courses.
Although the official language of instruction is Arabic, the university offers several courses in English. The educational system is based on four semesters - two summer semesters, one fall/winter semester and one spring/summer semester.
- Faculty Of Education
- Faculty Of Nursing, Pharmacy And Health Professions
- Faculty Of Arts
- Faculty Of Engineering
- Faculty Of Science
- Faculty Of Business Administration And Economics
- Faculty Of Information Technology
- Faculty Of Law And Public Administration
- Faculty Of Graduate Studies.
- Accounting, Minor Program
- Accounting, Bachelor Program
- Arabic Language and Literature, Minor Program
- Arabic Language and Literature, Bachelor Program
- Architectural Engineering, Bachelor Program
- Audiology and Speech Therapy, Bachelor Program
- Biochemistry, Minor Program
- Biology, Bachelor Program
- Business Administration, Bachelor Program
- Business Administration, Minor Program
- Business Economics, Bachelor Program
- Chemistry, Bachelor Program
- Chemistry, Minor Program
- Civil Engineering, Bachelor Program
- Computer Science, Minor Program
- Computer Science, Bachelor Program
- Computer Systems Engineering, Bachelor Program
- Doctor of Pharmacy, Bachelor Program
- Economics, Minor Program
- Economics, Bachelor Program
- Education, Minor Program
- Education For the Secondary Level/ Subject Area Track, Diploma Program
- Education For the Upper Basic Level/Subject Area Track, Diploma Program
- Electrical Engineering, Bachelor Program
- English Language and Literature, Bachelor Program
- English Language and Literature, Minor Program
- Finance and Banking, Minor Program
- Finance and Banking, Bachelor Program
- French Language, Minor Program
- French Language, Bachelor Program
- Gender Law and Development, Post Graduate Diploma
- Geography, Minor Program
- History, Minor Program
- Law, Bachelor Program
- Major Computer Science, Bachelor Program
- Major English Language and Literature/Minor Translation, Bachelor Program
- Major Geography/Minor History, Bachelor Program
- Major Geography/Minor Political Science, Bachelor Program
- Major History/Minor Palestinian Archaeology, Bachelor Program
- Major History/Minor Political Science, Bachelor Program
- Major Mathematics / Minor Statistics, Bachelor Program
- Major Media-Journalism/Minor Political Science, Bachelor Program
- Major Media-Journalism/Minor Sociology, Bachelor Program
- Major Media-Radio Broadcasting/Minor Television, Bachelor Program
- Major Physics / Minor Mathematics, Bachelor Program
- Major Physics/Minor Computer Science, Bachelor Program
- Major Physics/Minor Electronics, Bachelor Program
- Major Political Science/Minor Economics, Bachelor Program
- Major Political Science/Minor Public Administration, Bachelor Program
- Major Psychology/Minor Education, Bachelor Program
- Major Psychology/Minor Sociology, Bachelor Program
- Marketing, Bachelor Program
- Marketing, Minor Program
- Mathematics, Bachelor Program
- Mathematics, Minor Program
- Mathematics Applied To Economics, Bachelor Program
- Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor Program
- Mechatronics, Bachelor Program
- Nursing, Bachelor Program
- Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor Program
- Palestinian Archaeology, Minor Program
- Philosophy, Minor Program
- Physics, Bachelor Program
- Physics, Bachelor Program
- Physics, Minor Program
- Political Science, Minor Program
- Primary Health Care, Post Graduate Diploma
- Psychology, Minor Program
- Public Administration, Minor Program
- Public Administration, Bachelor Program
- Sociology, Minor Program
- Sociology, Bachelor Program
- Statistics, Minor Program
- Teacher Preparation, Diploma Program
- Teaching / General Track, Diploma Program
- Teaching / General Track, Diploma Program
- Teaching / Subject Area Track, Diploma Program
- Teaching / Subject Area Track, Diploma Program
- Translation, Diploma Program
- Translation, Minor Program
- Upper Elementary School Teacher Program - Teaching of Mathematics, Bachelor Program
- Upper Elementary School Teacher Program - Teaching of Science, Bachelor Program
- Upper Elementary School Teacher Program - Teaching of Social Studies, Bachelor Program
- Upper Elementary School Teacher Program - Teaching of Technology, Bachelor Program
- Women'S Studies, Minor Program
Graduate Studies Programs
- Applied Chemistry, Master Program
- Applied Statistics, Master Program
- Arab and Muslim History, Master Program
- Arabic Language and Literature, Master Program
- Business Administration, Master Program
- Clinical Laboratory Science, Master Program
- Community and Public Health, Master Program
- Community Psychology, Master Program
- Computing, Master Program
- Contemporary Arab Studies, Master Program
- Democracy and Human Rights, Master Program
- Economics, Master Program
- Education, Master Program
- Gender and Development Studies, Master Program
- Geography, Master Program
- International Studies, Master Program
- Law, Master Program
- Mathematics, Master Program
- Physics, Master Program
- Sociology, Master Program
- Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, Master Program
- Water and Environmental Engineering, Master Program
- Water and Environmental Sciences, Master Program
New graduate and undergraduate programs in information technology, engineering, sciences, social policy, economics, and management are being developed. The University campus is being expanded. At the same time, Birzeit University's various community Centers and Institutes engage in policy-oriented research to assist in the economic, social and human development of Palestine. The university offers numerous undergraduate and post-graduate degrees through its seven faculties: Arts; Commerce and Economics; Engineering; Nursing-Pharmacy and Allied Health; Sciences; Law and Public Administration; Information Technology; and Graduate Studies.
The Graduate Studies programs offers post-graduate diplomas and masters degrees in the following fields: Contemporary Arabic Studies; Arabic Islamic History; Education; Sociology; International Studies; Democracy and Human Rights; Economics; Law; Community and Public Health; Water and Environmental Engineering; Water and Environmental Sciences ; Gender, Law and Development; Business Administration; Applied statistics; Scientific Computing; Urban Planning And Design; and Medical Laboratory Sciences.
The university also offers two High Diplomas in: Primary Healthcare (Supervision and Training); and Gender, Law, and Development. In addition to its academic programs, the University has a wide range of institutes, centers, and programs that aim to develop and support the community-oriented programs that contributes to the achievement of sustainable development in Palestine.
Currently, there are a number of professors who are also appointed as ministers in the current Palestinian government. Thirteen members of the Palestinian negotiating team in U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace talks were faculty members of Birzeit University. Hanan Ashrawi taught literature there.
The Palestine and Arabic Studies (PAS) Program was established over 20 years ago at Birzeit University. Through PAS, international students benefit from accredited courses in Palestinian history, culture, the Palestine question and the Arabic language.
Students can take full advantage of the university facilities and interact with local students through clubs, societies, social events and recreational activities. Students will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of extracurricular lectures and schedule visits to places of historical, cultural and political interest, as well as volunteer for social projects.
More information about classes and how to apply to PAS is available on the program website.
New Master Courses
- Social Media Marketing
This course is newly offered in the second semester of the academic year 2012-2013, discussion of social media tools that can be used by companies in the marketing process, in addition to the preparation of a number of projects relating to subject with a discussion of the most important case studies and offers by Dr. samah Abu assab. Refer to the new page of this course.
- Innovation Management
This course has been offered for the past few years as part of the Masters studies at Birzeit University. The course encourages students to act on their creative ideas and create new businesses or initiatives. It was provided by Dr. Sabri Saidam. He encourages students to do innovative projects.
- Entrepreneurship and new venture
This course is newly offered in the first semester of the academic year 2012-2013 and aimed to explain the relationship between Entrepreneurship and Small businesses and to explain a ideas around this subject It was provided by Dr. Bashir Rayes. He encourages students to do creative and innovative projects on many different issues, especially the preparation of business plan extensively.
- Financing entrepreneurial enterprise
This course is newly offered in the first semester of the academic year 2012-2013, This course aims to lay the foundations and methods of financing entrepreneurship ideas whether internal or external financing method, and offering many cases study on the local and global level, teaches this course Dr Anis Hijjah.
- Managing Family Business
Many family businesses remain so for years if not decades, but how do you ensure that the next generation continues to grow your business and serve your loyal customers when you come to retire or move-on? This course will discuss it and will be provided to students on the first semester in 2013 by Dr. Nojoud Habash.
International Summer Work Camp
Since 1981, Birzeit University (BZU) has been organizing International Summer Work Camps, aiming to achieve BZU’s mission, build generations that are open to the world, provide an opportunity for cultural exchange, introduce the Palestinian cause, and reinforce the Palestinian core values of caring, respect, peace, and acceptance of the other. The camps focus on community-oriented volunteer projects in schools, municipalities, and civil society organizations. They introduce participants to several geographical places in the West Bank. The International Summer Work Camps include voluntary work, visits to Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps, and other Palestinian universities. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for foreign participants to meet Palestinian families, political and community leaders, as well as Palestinian academics.
- Williams, Daniel (1992-04-21). Major Palestinian University to Reopen: Israel: The Birzeit campus on the West Bank will be the last of six closed four years ago to resume operations. 21 April 1992. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1992-04-21/news/mn-598_1_west-bank.
- Official site
- Friends of Birzeit University
- The Palestine and Arabic Study Abroad Program at Birzeit