An-Najah University Status and Response
In Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, An-Najah National University stands at the forefront of global efforts to understand the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the Palestinian Community.
We are working at the University to continue to deliver world-class teaching and research, from cutting edge research to new modes of teaching and assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of coronavirus pandemic, the University has been implementing protective measures, following health authority guidelines to assure the safety for its students, employees, and local community.
Also, the University has been offering its material and human resources to continue serving the local and international community throughout the pandemic.
As part of its community responsibility, the University has contributed to the fight against the pandemic by providing the Palestinian Ministry of Health with an advanced medical device used to diagnose COVID-19. The aim of this step was to reduce pressure on the country’s health system.
An-Najah's Medicine scientists and researchers have launched several research projects as part of the global response to COVID-19. Some aim to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease; others aim to understand how it spreads and how people’s immune systems respond to it as well as present recommendations for safe and effective practice of interventional cardiology during COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, the University organizes a series of Webinars titled: 'Palestine During COVID 19: Impact, Response, and Co-Existence'. The aim of these webinars is to tackle both the immediate and long term effects of COVID-19 on Palestine and discuss the obstacles to e-learning in the Palestinian higher education institutions.
In the same context, the University signed several MOUs, which aim to reinforce cooperation in terms of scientific and research projects in medical fields, especially with regards to detecting proteins and genes that indicate how the Corona virus functions, and trying to find an efficient cure for this pandemic.
In response to the same problem, the University is committed to supporting its students, and ensuring that education and research can continue on through this challenging time.
In many respects, the University shifted to remote instruction rhymes. Video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and many other applications are being used heavily. This reality has forced a crash course for online learning plans and technology for students and faculty.
Aa such, the University has made all of its learning resources freely accessible for all to give academics, and students increased access to learning resources during this difficult period. This was done by the University's E-Learning Center which obtained the ISO 9001:2015 Certification. The Centre offers competency development training to the academic staff and e-courses as well open courses for the University students.
It is worth mentioning that a crisis committee was implemented to propose solutions and evaluate the impacts of the pandemic for the University.