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Birzeit University Welcomes New PAS Students

January 20, 2016
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Public Relations Office - Birzeit University

On January 20, 2016, Birzeit University welcomed the new students in the Palestine and Arab Studies Program "PAS"; a program that focuses on teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.

Forty new students from different countries are enrolled in the program this semester. The students were given a tour in the university campus to introduce them to its faculties, facilities, institutes and centers.

PAS Director Tina Rafidi greeted the new students and briefed them on the specialized courses that PAS program offers such as Arabic language, Palestinian culture, history and politics. She also mentioned that “a study of Arabic opens up endless possibilities and opportunities for those who embark upon it; Arabic is both challenging and rewarding to learn”.

During the welcoming ceremony, the Public Relations Office screened an introductory film about Birzeit University and Voluntary Work Officer and Coordinator of the Right to Education Campaign spoke about the university’s history and the constraints imposed by the Israeli occupation on education in Palestine.

Ghada Omari, Voluntary Work Officer emphasized on the importance of volunteering in the University’s activities, calling PAS students to participate as it gives the opportunity to gain worthwhile experience, develop range of valuable skills and a great way of meeting new people.

Information about the PAS program and its offerings is available at the BZU website at

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