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The amphitheater at An-Najah National University
An-Najah National University
Established 1977
Type Public
President Prof. Rami Hamdallah
Faculty 19 faculties
Staff 465
Students 16,500
Location Nablus, West Bank,, Palestinian National Authority
Campus Urban

An-Najah National University is a Palestinian non-governmental public university governed by a board of Trustees. It is located in Nablus, in the northern West Bank. The university has over 16,500 students and 300 professors in 19 faculties. It is the largest and most prestegious Palestinian university.



An-Najah traces its roots to 1918, when it was founded as the An-Najah Nabulsi School. It became An-Najah College in 1941 and a two-year community college in 1963. It was upgraded to An-Najah National University in 1977, starting with two colleges: the College of Arts and the College of Science.

In 1988, during the First Intifada, the campus was declared a "closed military area" by Israel and did not reopen until 1991.

It has grown rapidly in recent years with many former students becoming professors after completing their PhD’s.

Of the 13 members of the university student council (including one in Israeli army custody), eight belong to the Islamic Block. Like all the other Palestinian universities, An-Najah National University was accused by the Israeli authorities of having a relationship with terrorism.

An-Najah's record of community work has been a major motive for building solidarity links with it. Alongside the extent to which the Israeli occupation affects the An-Najah[1].

Student body

Most of the students are Palestinian, but there are also students and professors from all over the world. A variety of languages are spoken on campus, including English, Hebrew, French, Spanish, and Arabic.


The University president is Professor Dr. Rami Hamdalla. The Vice-President for Academic Affairs is Professor Dr. Maher Natsheh and the Vice-President for Administration Affairs is Dr. Shaker AlBitar.

Courses taught

The University has sixteen Scientific Faculties and Humanities Faculties.

The Scientific Faculties include:
The Humanities Faculties include:

Cooperation and Foreign Exchange

The university of An-Najah has several partner universities. These account with their exchange students for a significant part of the foreign students at An-Najah. Another number of foreign students are drawn to An-Najah for the courses in Arabic for foreigners offered by the university.

An-Najah is a partner of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building. Each year, 2500 of An-Najah's undergraduate students participate in volunteer programs run through the MMEP's Community Service Centre in Nablus.

There is a twinning between An-Najah National University and the University of Essex Students' Union since 1991 and the University of Manchester Students' Union since 2006 in spite of substantial opposition. A very wide campaign also was held to cancel either have the An-Najah Union sign a declaration denouncing terrorism or to cancel the twinning in 2007 but the campaign was heavily defeated when it came to a vote.[2]. An-Najah is also currently twinned with the London School of Economics union.

Partner universities are:

  • Fachhochschule Darmstadt (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt), Darmstadt, Germany

West Bank affiliated institutes


External links

See also

Coordinates: 32°13′13.34″N 35°14′40.09″E / 32.2203722°N 35.2444694°E / 32.2203722; 35.2444694


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