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Under the Higher Education Scholarships for Palestinians (HESPAL) program, Professor Rajaa Shaheen from An-Najah University has been selected to receive a scholarship for a doctoral degree in Britain.


Rajaa was born and raised in her beloved city of Nablus, within a family environment that cultivated a profound appreciation for knowledge and education, fueling her enthusiasm for diverse areas of medical science. Opting to specialize in pharmacy, she found the perfect blend of theoretical understanding and practical application in this field at An-Najah National University, where she graduated alongside a cohort of accomplished peers. Yet, her intellectual curiosity remained insatiable, so she decided to pursue a Master's degree in Toxicology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, culminating her academic journey with distinction.

She further elaborated on her academic journey, highlighting her immediate engagement upon returning from abroad to An-Najah National University, where she passionately immersed herself in teaching medical and health science students, supporting them, assisting them, and enhancing their research capabilities and pursuit of knowledge. Her delight knew no bounds when she was granted the prestigious HESPAL scholarship, a collaborative effort between the British Council, British universities, and An-Najah National University. 

“Currently, I am a candidate for a Doctoral degree at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, specializing in the field of Pharmacology. This field adds depth to my academic exploration in pharmacy and toxicology, broadening my scientific horizons, while simultaneously refining my ability to impart pharmaceutical knowledge to students in the medical and health sciences.” Since her enrollment in the doctoral program, Rajaa has been actively involved in state-of-the-art laboratories, collaborating with international pharmaceutical companies to pioneer advancements in drug development and exploration.

Rajaa provided further details, elucidating her path of scholarly exploration and professional development, “I've seamlessly integrated into the local community, forging strong bonds and representing Palestine significantly amidst challenges facing the Palestinian people, particularly Palestinian women. I'm dedicated to honing my skills each day, aspiring to utilize them for the benefit of knowledge-seeking students upon my return to Palestine.”


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