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The International Development and External Affairs Office at An-Najah University hosted a delegation from Dundee University. The delegation’s aim was to gain a better understanding of Nablus and promote better collaboration between An-Najah and Dundee.

The delegation included Sir Vincent Fean, Former UK CG ; Prof. Divya Jindal-Snape from the School of Education and Social Work at Dundee; Ms. Sharon Sweeney, Student Funding Officer and Mrs. Merna Kassis, Scholarships and Higher Education Coordinator at British Council.


The purpose of the meeting was to seek out new promising areas of collaboration in terms of academic and research exchange.

Prof. Maher Natsheh, An-Najah President welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the collaboration programs An-Najah University has with several institutions around the world and the student scholarship policy and procedure.

Dr. Kherieh Rassas, Vice ‎President for International Development and External Affairs, emphasized on the importance of non-academic exchange and the importance of equipping An-Najah's students with 21st century skills which forms a platform for blended learning and e-learning.

The delegation was also introduced to the University's latest international rankings and scientific research and academic developments.

The delegation in turn valued the collaboration and friendship between Dundee and Nablus and discussed further opportunities for collaboration beyond the MOU they signed with An-Najah University.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Shaker Bitar, Vice ‎President for Administrative Affairs; Dr. Nidal Dwaikat, President's Assistant for Planning, Development and Quality Assurance; Dr. Maher Abu Zant, President's Assistant for Community Affairs; Dr. Saida Affouneh, Dean of Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training, Prof. Naji Qatanani, Dean of Graduate Studies and Prof. Waleed Sweileh, Dean of Scientific Research.

Moreover, the delegation met with students and professors from the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training to discuss collaboration possibilities in terms of scientific research and student scholarships. The meeting also included two presentations on modern teaching and learning methods and Dundee scholarship programs. In addition, Ms. Sweeney screened two videos for two PhD candidates from An-Najah to Dundee.

The delegation visit was concluded with a tour of the New Campus where they met with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Director, Dr. Abdulkareem Daraghmeh. Moreover, they visited An-Najah Centenary Museum to learn about the University's history as well as the Old City of Nablus.

On the second day of the visit, the delegation had a meeting with Dr. Saida Affouneh, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training and a group of Islamic banking professors to set pillars of collaboration for future exchange programs and joint research.


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