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On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Representative of the Republic of Poland to ‎Palestine, Dr. Aleksandra Bukowska-McCabe, visited An-Najah University. She met ‎with Prof. Maher Natsheh, Acting President of An-Najah to discuss possible means ‎of cooperation.‎

The delegation was received by Dr. Mohammad Al-Amleh, Vice President for ‎Academic Affairs, Dr. Rasha Khayyat, Scholarships Coordinator at An-Najah, Dr. ‎Basil Mansour, Head of the Employees Union, Mr. Mohammed Kubari, Acting ‎Director of the Public Relations Department, Mr. Rafique Gangat, Dr. Shirin ‎Shawer and Ms. Aya Abdulwahhab from the International Office. ‎

The visit focused on learning more about An-Najah and discussing ‎possible means ‎of mutual cooperation between the Government of Poland and An-Najah National ‎University in the realms of student and staff scholarship programmes and‏ ‏‎joint ‎exchange programmes in a way that ‎serves both ‎parties.‎

Prof. Natsheh welcomed the delegation and briefed them on An-Najah’s history, ‎students, staff, academic programmes and campuses. He explained in detail the ‎political and financial obstacles that higher education in Palestine faces, in terms of ‎attracting international students and staff to Palestinian universities. He also talked ‎about the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Institute at An-Najah.‎

In addition, he talked about the cooperation agreements the University has with a ‎number of European universities, in terms of developing joint research projects and ‎boosting student and staff exchange programmes. He expressed his interest in ‎developing more relations with universities in Poland, upgrading academic and ‎research exchanges, as well as student exchanges, and suggested having native ‎speakers teach Polish at An-Najah.‎

Finally, Prof. Natsheh talked about the University's academic achievements, most ‎important of which is being ranked first in Palestine according to Webometrics ‎Ranking of World Universities, and referred to the European Union Projects which ‎An-Najah participates in, such as the Erasmus+ programme.‎

In turn, Dr. Bukowska thanked An-Najah for welcoming her and for the hospitability ‎in which she was received. She also stressed the importance of academic cooperation ‎between Palestine and Poland and mentioned that she is ready to offer support for ‎staff and students scholarships and joint research production.‎

Dr. Bukowska was impressed with the Hisham Hijjawi College of Technology and ‎the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Institute at An-Najah and she assured Dr. Maher ‎that she ‎would encourage universities in Poland to cooperate in research, ‎exchanges ‎and scholarships with An-Najah.‎

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