Bethlehem University

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Bethlehem University
BU Logo.jpg
Indivisa Manent
Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
De La Salle Brothers
Academic affiliations
International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU)
ChancellorMost Rev. Monsignor Leopoldo Girelli
Vice-ChancellorBr. Peter Bray FSC, EdD
Administrative staff
c. 409
Undergraduates3,414 (fall 2020)

Bethlehem University (Arabic: جامعة بيت لحم) is a Catholic university in the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank, Palestine. It is the first university founded in the Disputed Palestinian Territories.


Established under Israeli Occupation in 1973, the 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 and to 1964's Pope Paul VI's visit to the Holy Land in which he promised the Palestinian people a university, a centre for Ecumenical Studies (Tantur Ecumenical Institute) and a school for children with special educational needs (Effetá Paul VI School).


The university consists mostly of Muslim students, but maintains a number of Christian students that is by far greater than the average Christian presence in Palestinian society.[1]


  • Executive Vice-president
    • Fr. Iyad Twal, Vice-president
  • Vice-president for Academic Affairs
    • Dr. Irene Hazou, Vice-president
  • Faculty of Arts
    • Ms. Hanadi I. Soudah-Younan, Dean
  • Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub, Faculty of Business Administration
    • Dr. Fadi Kattan, Dean
  • Faculty of Education
    • Br. Alejandro González Cerna FSC, Dean
  • Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences
    • Ms. Mariam Samara Awad, Dean
  • Faculty of Science
    • Dr. Michel Hanania, Dean
  • Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism
    • Mr. Nabil Mufdi, Director
  • Dean of Research Office
    • Dr. Jamil Khader, Dean
  • Dean of Students Office
    • Mr. Adnan Ramadan, Dean

Graduate programs[edit]

  • Masters in International Cooperation and Development (MICAD)
  • Masters of Biotechnology
  • Masters in Tourism Studies
  • Master in Community Social Work [2]
  • Masters in Oncology and Paliative Care Nursing
  • Higher Diploma in Neonatal Nursing
  • Higher Diploma in Emergency Nursing
  • Higher Diploma in Education. Teaching Christian Religion
  • Higher Diploma in Education. Upper Basic Level - Teaching Science
  • Higher Diploma in Education. Upper Basic Level - Teaching Mathematics
  • Higher Diploma in Education. Upper Basic Level - Teaching Social Studies
  • Higher Diploma in Education. Upper Basic Level - Teaching English Language
  • Higher Diploma in Education. Upper Basic Level - Teaching Arabic Language

Institutes and centers[edit]

  • Brother Vincent Malham Center of Arabic Language for Foreigners
  • Palestinian Traditional Music Archive
  • The Arabic School for Overseas Students & Diplomats
  • Cardinal Martini Leadership Institute
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Hereditary Research Laboratory
  • Institute for Community Partnership (ICP)
  • Zbierski Library
  • UNESCO Biotechnology, Educational and Training Center
  • Water And Soil Environmental Research Unit
  • Palestinian Museum of Natural History
  • Palestinian Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability
  • Zoroub Teaching Resource Center

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission and History". Bethlehem University. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  2. ^ "جامعة بيت لحم - جامعة بيت لحم". 3 November 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Bethlehem University at Wikimedia Commons

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