President's Assistant for Community Affairs
Dr. Maher Abu Zant was born in Nablus, Palestine. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Tanta University in Egypt and a master's degree in sociology, social development division from Cardiff University in the U.K. He completed his post-graduate studies in the UK where he received his doctorate degree from the University of Wales in 1989 in social development. After that, he returned to Palestine and worked as Head of the Research and Studies Department at the Labour Studies Centre in Ramallah and Director of the Jerusalem Family Counselling Centre successively. Then, he joined An-Najah National University staff in 1991 and was lecturer at the Sociology and Social Work Department then head of the department for 12 years. Afterwards, He occupied other positions such as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Vice President for Social Affairs, and Director of the Administrative Control Department. Currently he is the president's Assistant for community affairs.
In addition, he is member of several charitable societies in Palestine.
Research interest: social development, social problems, perversion and crime
Duties and Responsibilities
The President’s Assistant for Community Affairs Office aims at developing the university role and performance in serving the Palestinian society and local communities. It also works hard to unite the visions and strategies of the university’s faculties, scientific centres, facilities and departments to promote its social responsibility in realization of the university’s vision and mission in partnership and cooperation with governmental, nongovernmental and private institutions.