The start of the 2023-2024 academic year at Birzeit University

The new academic year 2023-2024 was launched at Birzeit University, on Saturday, as the university received its students enrolled in the university’s various programs in the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral specializations from various governorates of the country, distributed among 9 different colleges, bringing the number of students enrolled to the university to about 14,000 thousand.

The university president congratulated Dr. Talal Shahwan, the university family, on the start of the academic year, wishing the students, professors, and employees a distinguished year, indicating that this semester begins as we approach the university’s centenary, whose roots go back to the year 1924, when it began as a primary school, and developed with the passage of time and the accumulation of giving and sacrifices, to become one of the most important institutions. Higher education in the region, a university that combines academics, pioneering activities, and engagement with society and its issues, to create for its family and its community a life experience unlike any other.

He said: “We will continue to work together to adopt initiatives for intellectual and knowledge production and to create specializations and programs that take into account academic development, local and regional conditions and changes, and are linked to modern global trends, within a national vision that is consistent with the university’s identity and mission. We will strive together to develop academic, administrative and technical cadres within strategic directions, and in The forefront is crystallizing and embodying the vision of educational and research development and effective digital transformation, and completing the automation of administrative and financial processes to increase effectiveness and enhance transparency and credibility. Developing public space at the university, maintaining infrastructure, continuing initiatives to develop the smart and green campus, and taking into account environmental considerations will constitute one of the university’s most important priorities. We will work to strengthen the university’s resources in a way that is consistent with its identity and role, and in a way that allows the implementation of future projects required to reach the desired goals.”

He addressed the students, saying: “Seriousness, perseverance, and determination are the right path to achieving your ambitions and goals. To help you achieve your goals, the university will continue to hone your knowledge, skills, and experiences, and to develop its programs and cadres to provide high-quality education. The doors of your university, with all its units and departments, will be open to all of you to facilitate your affairs, and solve The problems that you may face, in accordance with the applicable instructions and regulations. As is your custom with the university, it will continue to provide educational opportunities for students who are less fortunate economically, and to honor and reward the hardworking and creative ones. I would also like to emphasize the importance of your role in supporting your small community within the university, and your larger community at Our homeland is Palestine, by engaging in charitable volunteer work and building creative initiatives to contribute to bringing about societal change for the better.”

Regarding this year’s academic developments, the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wael Hashlamoun said that what is new this year is the launch of 3 new bachelor’s degree programs: Pharmacy, which is a program that seeks to prepare qualified pharmacists in order to build human capabilities in the field of pharmacy, contribute to developing the standards of the pharmacy profession in Palestine, and develop scientific research in this field to support development. Human, social and economic in Palestine and the region. The Medical and Laboratory Sciences Programme, which seeks to graduate qualified specialists with high scientific knowledge and practical skills to work in and lead development in medical laboratories, and to raise the level of medical laboratory services in particular and health services in general in Palestine.

He added: “The university also introduced a new master’s programme, the Critical Cultural Studies Program, which seeks to prepare male and female graduates capable of developing the Palestinian and Arab cultural issue and field with theoretical, critical and practical knowledge of cultural institutions, rooting critical knowledge in the various fields of culture, and linking it critically to the various contexts of its production and interactions.” “Especially in the context of the Palestinian and global struggle – in general – against all forms of hegemony and discrimination, at the levels of practice and discourse

Source: Maan News Agency