An-Najah University Welcomes Delegation from Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations
On Monday, August 7, 2023, An-Najah National University had the honor of hosting a distinguished delegation from Vietnam, highlighted by the presence of Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, and Former representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, and Ambassador Nguyen Quang Khai, Chairman of Vietnam's Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian People, along with several officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam.
The visit took place in the presence of esteemed guests including His Excellency Saadi M.H. Salama Altumaizi, Palestine's Ambassador to Vietnam, and Mr. Youssef Al-Zoubi, Director General of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, North Branch.
Mr. Raed Debiy, President's Assistant for Community Affairs at the University, extended a warm welcome to the delegation, expressing the University's deep appreciation for the enduring relationship between Vietnam and Palestine, spanning over six decades. He underscored Vietnam's unwavering support for Palestinian rights, including its recognition of the State of Palestine in 1988. Mr. Debiy also provided an overview of An-Najah National University's history, tracing its journey from humble beginnings to becoming the nation's premier academic institution.
Emphasizing the University's commitment to evolving academic programs, he highlighted their alignment with the demands of the fourth and fifth industrial revolutions, as well as shifts in the local, regional, and global job markets. The University's impressive international rankings, positioning it among the top universities in the Arab world and globally, were proudly showcased. Moreover, An-Najah's consistent leading position among Palestinian institutions in international rankings was emphasized, despite the challenges posed by occupation-related obstacles, such as checkpoints and settler-related incidents, faced by both students and staff.
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga expressed her profound admiration for the accomplishments of An-Najah National University. She commended the institution as a beacon of development and success, suggesting it serves as an exemplary model for countries worldwide. Expressing interest in collaborative endeavors within research and academics, she highlighted the potential for fruitful partnerships in these fields.
Notably, the delegation's visit coincided with the thirty-fifth anniversary of Vietnam's recognition of the State of Palestine in 1988, a significant milestone following Palestine's declaration of independence in Algeria. This occasion further underscored the enduring bond between the two nations.