An-Najah National University
An-Najah National University (Arabic: جامعة النجاح الوطنية) is a Palestinian non-governmental public university governed by a board of Trustees. It is located in Nablus
Nablus is a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, approximately north of Jerusalem, with a population of 126,132. Located in a strategic position between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, it is the capital of the Nablus Governorate and a Palestinian commercial and cultural center.Founded by the...

, in the northern West Bank
West Bank
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. The university has over 16,500 students and 300 professors in 19 faculties. It is the largest 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-years community college
Community college
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 in 1963. It was upgraded to become 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
First Intifada
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, the campus was declared a "closed military area" by Israel
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 and did not reopen until 1991. During such time, the faculty of NNU stood to the challenge and continued in fulfilling the founders' vision in serving the Palstinian and Arab community by meeting with students at homes and local private places.

It has grown rapidly in recent years with many former students becoming professors after completing their PhD
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An-Najah's record of community work has been a major motive for building solidarity links with it.

Student body

Most of the students are Palestinian
Palestinian people
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, but there are also students and professors from all over the world. A variety of languages are spoken on campus, including Arabic
Arabic language
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, Hebrew
Hebrew language
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, English
English language
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, French
French language
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, and Spanish
Spanish language
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The university president is Professor Dr. Rami Hamdallah. The Vice-President for Academic Affairs is Professor Dr. Maher Natsheh and the Vice-President for Administration Affairs is Dr. Shaker AlBitar.

In 2010 six members of the faculty including Ghassan Khaled were arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces for being closely linked to a charity that is suspected of being a front for Hamas
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. In 2011, Abdel Sattar Qassem, a professor of political science at the university and critic of the Palestinian leadership was arrested by the Palestinian Authority following a complaint by the university president that Qassem had written an article critical of the university administration for refusing to comply with a court order rescinding its decision to expel four students. Qassem had been targeted in the past by Palestinian security forces, and was at one point shot and wounded.

Courses taught

The University has sixteen Scientific Faculties and Humanities
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The Scientific Faculties include:
  • Faculty of Science
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  • Faculty of Engineering
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  • Faculty of Agriculture
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  • Faculty of Pharmacy
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  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    Veterinary medicine
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  • Faculty of Information Technology
    Information technology
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  • Faculty of Human Medicine
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  • Faculty of Optometry
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  • Faculty of Nursing
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The Humanities Faculties include:
  • Faculty of Arts
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  • Faculty of Islamic Law
    Islamic law
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  • Faculty of Economics
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     and Administrative Sciences
  • Faculty of Educational Sciences
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  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Law
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  • Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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
University of Essex
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 Students' Union since 1991 and the University of Manchester Students' Union
University of Manchester Students' Union
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 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.
An-Najah is also currently twinned with the London School of Economics
London School of Economics
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Partner universities are:
  • Fachhochschule Darmstadt (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt), Darmstadt, Germany

See also

  • List of Palestinian universities
  • Education in the Palestinian territories
    Education in the Palestinian territories
    Education in the Palestinian territories refers to the educational system in Gaza and the West Bank administered by the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Enrollment rates amongst Palestinians are relatively high by regional and global standards. This reflects the great values...

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