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On March 7th, the International Development & External Affairs Office, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, hosted a special recognition ceremony to commend the outstanding contributions of the Student Ambassadors from the Virtual Exchange Collaborative at An-Najah National University.


Integral to the success of the Virtual Exchange Collaborative, the Virtual Exchange Ambassadors played a crucial role in enhancing the program's effectiveness and expanding its reach. Their responsibilities encompassed overseeing virtual exchange programs across various faculties, managing registration processes, responding to inquiries, and conducting orientations to elucidate the goals of the VE program. Furthermore, they underwent specialized cross-cultural dialogue facilitation training, leading sessions with international participants.

During the initial stages of the invasion of Gaza and subsequent genocide, the Ambassadors significantly boosted student participation in virtual exchange programs. They adeptly navigated several topics, offering support sessions and continuous follow-up, particularly focused on helping An-Najah students contextualize the historical aspects of Apartheid and current realities for their international virtual exchange peers.

The Ambassadors also facilitated small group virtual discussions with students from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Elon University, aimed at raising awareness of the on-ground situation.

Dr. Alkhayyat, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, expressed, "It is inspiring to see the Virtual Exchange Ambassadors step up and provide support to their peers during such a devastating period."

The honored Virtual Exchange Ambassadors are:

  • Beesan Walid Jian – Senior Ambassador
  • Tala Nidal Odeh
  • Hammam Salah Jallad
  • Ahmed Mufid Alakhras
  • Yazan Moalla
  • Hala Eyad AbuHantash
  • Sara Alajmeh
  • Honorary Ambassador: Zaina Hurani

Under the leadership of Mrs. Alia Gilbrecht, the Virtual Collaborative has been a dynamic part of the university's commitment to global education, integrating virtual exchange and COIL programming. Since formalizing VE projects in 2017, the initiative has impacted 1,065 students and recent graduates by Fall 2023. The academic year 2022-2023 alone witnessed the engagement of 455 students. The Virtual Exchange Collaborative is overseen by the International Development & External Affairs Office in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.


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