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On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Non-Resident Ambassador of the Republic of ‎Indonesia for the State of Palestine, Honorable Mr. Andy Rachmianto, visited An-‎Najah National University. He met with Prof. Maher Natsheh, Acting President of ‎An-Najah to discuss possible cooperation opportunities. The visit was organized by ‎the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Palestine.‎

The delegation was received by a number of the University vice presidents and ‎assistants; faculty deans; heads of departments and a number of An-Najah’s ‎administrative and academic bodies.‎

The visit focused on learning more about An-Najah and discussing ‎possible means ‎of mutual cooperation in the realms of academic and cultural exchange in a way that ‎serves both ‎parties.‎

Prof. Natsheh welcomed the delegation and talked in details about An-Najah's ‎history and the political and financial challenges that encounter higher education in ‎Palestine. He also commended the role of the Republic of Indonesia in supporting ‎the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people. He added that the University ‎mission is to provide high quality education, encourage scientific research projects, ‎and serve the Palestinian community.‎

He then briefed the delegation on the University's academic developments and the ‎national and international achievements according to global rankings. He further ‎talked about its diverse academic programmes, scientific centres and An-Najah ‎National University Hospital.‎

He thanked the delegation for their visit and expressed hope that they will establish ‎cooperation in many programmes, especially dispatching Palestinian students to ‎Indonesian universities. Professor Natsheh also stressed the importance of having ‎joint exchange programmes for students and staff.‎

In turn, Mr. Rachmianto thanked An-Najah for their hospitability and talked about ‎the importance of the cooperation between Palestine and Indonesia. He mentioned ‎that Indonesia pays great attention to education and aims to receive students from ‎different parts of the world. He also discussed further means of academic ‎cooperation with An-Najah through cultural exchange and joint programmes and ‎commended An-Najah's academic progress on different levels.‎

After the meeting, and through coordination with Dr. Raed Neerat, Head of the ‎Political Sciences Department at An-Najah, Mr. Rachmianto gave a lecture to the ‎students and staff members of the Political Sciences Department on the development ‎of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Palestine.‎

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