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On Sunday, April 30, 2023, An-Najah National University, in partnership with the Palestinian Student Scholarship Fund (PSSF), launched the second annual conference of the PSSF in Palestine. The event was attended by Prof. Rami Hamdallah, Vice Chairman of An-Najah University’s Board of Trustees, Prof. Abdel Nasser Zaid, President of the University, his deputies, assistants, and faculties’ deans, Dr. Kherieh ‎Rassas, An-Najah's Vice President for International and External Relations, and President of the UNIMED, Eng. Ali Atta, Chairman of the PSSF’s Board of Directors, PSSF’s board members and contributors, presidents and representatives of various Palestinian universities from the West Bank, national and legal personalities, and students benefiting from the PSSF’s scholarships.


Prof. Zaid commenced the conference by delivering a speech that welcomed the attendees and emphasized the robust strategic relationship between the Palestinian universities and the PSSF, based on collaboration and mutual support. He highlighted the PSSF's success in overcoming obstacles for students and improving access to higher education, contributing to the excellence of Palestinian education.

The first session of the conference featured a dialogue between PSSF members, Palestinian university presidents, and business leaders, chaired by Dr. Saida Affouneh, the President's Assistant for Digitalization and E-Learning at the University. They discussed the impact of scholarships on Palestinian society, the importance of investing in the new generation, stabilizing Palestinian youth on their homeland, and supporting education to contribute to the advancement of development and knowledge.

In the second session of the conference, Eng. Ghazi Murtaja, Director of the Media Center at the University, presided over a discussion on the impact of science on the development of civilizations and the ways in which modern technology, particularly artificial intelligence, can enhance education and media. Eng. Murtaja presented a remarkable robot, created by artificial intelligence, which efficiently managed the conference session.

Eng. Atta expressed his gratitude to An-Najah University for hosting the conference and commended the University's unwavering commitment to education and its investment in students to contribute towards the Palestinian state. He also elaborated on the establishment of the PSSF and its mission of supporting students through educational scholarships to pave the way for a brighter future.

In addition to the conference sessions, an exhibition of captivating paintings by students from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University was also on display. 

Furthermore, the Deanship of Student Affairs choir delighted attendees with a selection of traditional songs that were received with great appreciation.

Following the conference sessions, PSSF members, Palestinian university presidents, and attendees engaged in discussions regarding potential collaborations.

Several meetings were arranged as part of the conference, including a gathering between An-Najah National University students who received scholarships from PSSF and its members, and a discussion at the Media Center on potential joint collaborations. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the Hisham Hijjawi College of Technology to learn about its educational system, specializations, and available resources.

The conference concluded with an awards ceremony to honor the PSSF members and presidents of participating Palestinian universities for their efforts in supporting education and advancing development in Palestine.

The conference was a success, and its activities demonstrated the importance of investing in education and the role of the PSSF in supporting Palestinian students' right to education under the principles of sustainable development.


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