Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Abdulsalam Khayyat is the Vice President for Academic affairs at An-Najah National University. Dr. Khayyat is an associate Professor of Epidemiology, a Public Health expert in Palestine and the wider MENA region. Dr. Khayyat is a scientific collaborator at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel in Switzerland and Honorary senior researcher in the Population Health Sciences in Bristol Medical School at Bristol University, UK.
Dr. Khayyat obtained his PhD and post-doctoral studies from Basel University. He also got his training at several international organization including Novartis Institute for Biomedical Sciences and the Swiss tropical and Public Health institute. His research work focuses on the area on Non-Communicable disease including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mental health, as well as Health Policy and Management. Dr. Khayyat is leading several international research and intervention studies in Palestine.
He was Head of the Public Health Department from 2017 to 2021, where he was also the coordinator of the Master of Public Health and Public Health Management. He was the chair of biomedical department from 2020-2021 and co-founded An-Najah Global Health Institute. Dr. Khayyat served as consultant for many local, regional and international organization and medical facilities.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs is committed to implementing the academic mission of the University through administering an array of undergraduate and graduate programmes and maintaining standards for student achievement, faculty development and curricular innovation throughout the faculties and departments. The Office of Academic Affairs works closely with instructors and administrators in defining the academic priorities for the University, as well as advising the general student body and the professional development of educators. Along with deans and department heads, the Vice President oversees, reviews and revises all existing academic programs so that An-Najah graduates depart the University with the best possible education. Additionally, the Vice President facilitates academic policies, procedures and standards for both students and faculty.
The Vice President of Academic Affairs and his staff are dedicated to encouraging students and faculty members to engage in creative activities, applied research and service and outreach activities in order to provide optimum service to the University and the society.