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BZU Timeline

YEAR

PROGRESS

1924

Nabiha Nasir (1891-1951) establishes an elementary school in Birzeit town.

1930

Birzeit School becomes a coeducational high school.

1932

Birzeit School changes its name to Birzeit High School.

1942

Birzeit High School changes its name to Birzeit College.

1953

Birzeit offers first-year university-level courses in arts and science.

1961

Birzeit College offers second-year university-level courses in arts and science; grants first associate degrees the following year.

1967

Elementary, preparatory, and high school curricula is cancelled.

1972

An autonomous Board of Trustees is formed to assume full responsibility for the Institution. In the first of many repressive measures, Israel closes the campus by military order for two weeks.

1975

Birzeit College changes its name to Birzeit University.

1976

Birzeit University is accepted in April as a member of the Association of Arab Universities. At its graduation ceremony in July, it awards its first BA and BS degrees.

1977

Birzeit University is accepted as a member of the International Association of Universities. The first graduate program (in Education) is developed.

1978

The Faculty of Commerce and Economics is established.

1979

The Faculty of Engineering is established. The university is closed twice by Israeli military orders  for more than two months.

1980-1982

The university is closed four times for more than eight months.

1984-1987

The university is closed seven times for a total of more than 11 months.

1988

The university is closed for the 15th time; the closure lasts for 51 months (until April 29, 1992). During this period, the university operates underground with small study groups in makeshift arrangements outside  campus. Many students require 10 years to complete their four-year degree programs.

1994

The MA program in Education is re-activated, and the MA program in International Studies is offered.

1996

The Faculty of Graduate Studies is established.

2004

The Faculty of Law and Public Administration is established.

2006

The Faculty of Information Technology is established.

2008

The Faculty of Nursing and Allied Health Professions is established. Today it is the Faculty Of Nursing, Pharmacy And Health Professions.

2010

The Faculty of Education is established

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