Dr. Prof. Emad Abu Kishek
Presindet of Al-Quds University
Dr. Imad Abu Kishek is the 4th President of Al-Quds University (AQU) and a Professor of Public Policy. He was elected President of AQU in 2014. Previously, Professor Abu Kishek was a member of AQU’s senior leadership since 1999, serving as the Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs (1999-2011), and as the University’s Executive Vice President (2011 – 2014).
Under Professor Abu Kishek’s leadership, AQU saw the introduction of several academic programs that remain unique to the entire Middle East region. He also led the expansion of the University’s campus within and around the Old City of Jerusalem, in addition to the establishment of several successful programs that seek, inter alia, to align the learning outcomes with the needs of the society. Professor Abu Kishek is also leading several initiatives that seek to foster an ecosystem conducive for social innovation and entrepreneurship among AQU students and the Palestinian youth more broadly. The Al-Quds Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship is one example of such initiatives.
Under Professor Abu Kishek’s presidency, AQU has broadened its international cooperation with universities and institutions of higher education from across the globe.
Those efforts have led to the conclusion of various partnerships and cooperation agreements, which culminated in the establishment of several joint centers and research initiatives. Examples of such programs include the Confucius Institute, the Indian Center of Excellence, the Al-Quds Academy for Global Justice (in partnership with former ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo), and the Competitiveness Initiative (as a result of a cooperation agreement with Harvard).
Professor Abu Kishek is the representative of the presidents of Palestinian universities at COMSATS. He is also the elected representative of Palestinian universities in the Federation of Universities in the Islamic World. In addition, Professor Abu Kishek is a board member of several regional and international institutions such as the Jerusalem Endowment, the Al-Quds Academy for Scientific Research, the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission, and the National Palestinian Academy for Administration. He is also a member of the Palestine National Council, and the Council for Waqf and Islamic Affairs and Holy Sites.
Professor Abu Kishek holds a PhD in Public Policy from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Al-Quds University.
Motasem Hamdan is a professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine. He has bachelor and master degrees in health management from Hacettepe University in Turkey between 1990-1996 and a doctoral degree in Medical and Social Science (Health Policy) from the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium in 2003. He joined Al-Quds in 1998 and was among the founding members of the School of Public Health, was a dean of public health between 2012-2019.
Prof. Hamdan is an expert in health policy and health system development and has a profound experience in the Palestinian health care system and international health organizations. He served as senior health policy advisor to the Palestinian Ministry of Health and consultant for many of national and international health organizations. He was the national program officer in the WHO office for Palestine between 2007-2011. Prof. Hamdan is an author of more than 25 peer reviewed articles, member of editorial boards of many internationally refereed journals and serves on a variety of national and international advisory boards.
Prof. Hasan Dweik, Professor in Polymer and industrial Chemistry and , currently the Executive Vice President at Al-Quds University. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Aston University in United Kingdom in polymer science and Technology in 1983. He held several administrative positions at the university, as VP for science and society ,VP for communications and development ,VP for academic affairs , he also served as Dean of Faculty of Science & Technology, Head of Department of Chemistry and Chemical technology and Head of the Department of Food Technology.
He has participated in more than 120 international conference & meetings, and member of World Science Forum based in Paris.
Hussein Jaddu is a Professor of Control Systems in the Department of Electronics Engineering at Al Quds University. He joined Al Quds University in 1992 as a lecturer and served the university in a number of academic and administrative roles, including: Assistant professor (1998-2005), associate professor (2005-2014), professor (2014-to date), head of Electronics Engineering Department (2002-2005), Dean of the the Faculty of engineering (2005-2009), Assistant Vice president for academic affairs (2009-2012) and Vice President of Administrative and Financial Affairs (2012 to date).
Prof. Jaddu obtained his Bsc with distinction in Electrical Engineering from Bir Zeit University in 1987 and his MSc with distinction in Digital Systems from Hertfordshire University in England and he obtained the Phd with distinction in Information Systems from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1998. In 2004 he promoted to associate professor and in 2014 promoted to professor.
His research interest includes control theory, computational methods, optimal control, wavelets. He published more than 40 papers.
Dr. Safa Nassereldin is a well-recognized Palestinian leader and highly energetic educator, business and community leader who is engaged in multiple roles and initiatives through the Palestinian and Regional scene. She didn’t let anything get in her way to achieve her dreams. Now she seeks to inspire and empower other girls and youth in general.
She headed the Ministry of Telecom & Information and Technology for two years and successfully introduced positive change by enabling a competitive environment for Telecom. She is currently Vice President for Jerusalem Affairs at Al-Quds University. She holds a strong vision for the Palestinian Community through Education and learning. She was awarded the Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour from the Republic of France Nov. 2017 as well as Arab Women Achievers 2019.
She was also the President of the FTTH Council MENA. She worked as Advisor and Technical Assistant to the Minister for three years as well as E-gov General Coordinator and team leader for the National Team for Systems and Information Security. She lead the effort of preparing the National ICT strategy, the e-government Policy document and roadmap in cooperation with OECD.
She is also an active board member in the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence, Head of the Stimulation and Exploration Committee, board member of the Innovation Support Fund and TÜBİTAK joint Committee, Palestinian Incubator for Energy, Palestine Education for Employment EFE, Girls in Tech, Scientific committee and IT committee in the Association of Engineers, Elected member of the General Union of Palestinian Engineers as well as AlQuds Holding and Alquds Endowment Fund board member.
On personal level, Dr. Nassereldin is wife, mother of two daughters and living in Jerusalem. She obtained solid education; she holds Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering 2003, from ENSEIRB, Bordeaux (France), Masters of Signal and Image Processing 1996 from ENSEEIHT (France), Bachelors in Electronic Engineering (Al-Quds University, 1994) High school – Scientific Stream, Schmidt’s Girls College, Jerusalem 1986. She also holds several certificates in technology as well as business innovation.
Dr. Abdel Nour already has more than 28 years of academic and administrative experience at Al-Quds University (AQU), a major Palestinian Higher Education Institution (HEI). Throughout the years he did put all his efforts in the development of Electronics Engineering; he enabled the capacity building of academic staff members in the fields of Digital Signal Processing and Communications, stimulated the research activity in both fields, and initiated the nationally well-known Master Programme of Electronic and Computer Engineering in cooperation with the University of Bordeaux I in France.
Dr. Abdel Nour had consecutively been Chairman of the Electronic Engineering Department, Dean of the faculty of Engineering, Dean for Admission and Registration, and Dean of Post Graduate Studies. At present, he is the Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has been involved in the institutional setting, policies, and growth of a dynamic university that is imposing itself on the National level and is seeking a place on the global scene. At present, and in his capacity of Vice President for Academic Affairs (as of September 2012), Dr. Abdel Nour is leading a set of reforms in several fields and at all levels to transform learning in AQU; one major project is the introduction in 2015 of the dual studies system in three fields of specialisation (a project financed by the German Government).
At the National level, Dr. Abdel Nour had been the first Palestinian National TEMPUS Office Coordinator for 20 months with all what this position entails in terms of undertaking raising awareness campaigns, promoting cooperation with European Universities, facilitating the design of new projects, evaluating projects submitted to ETF, and monitoring on-going projects. He also undertook consultancy activities such as the development of benchmarks and program specifications for the IT & Electrical Engineering Fields in Palestine, and mapping Vocational Education and Training and preliminary analysis of the VET system. At present (2015) he is leading four Palestinian universities, including AQU, in the development of graduate courses and innovation activities in the field of Food and Agri-Business (a project funded by the Dutch Government).
Dr. Rania Abu Seir is an Associate Professor of Hematology at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Health Professions, and the Assistant President for Medical and Health Affairs at AQU reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the President’s senior leadership team.
Dr. Rania Abu Seir is a leader, educator and researcher dedicated to improve health and health education by training future health care professionals and contributing to the scientific knowledge base through high-quality scientific research.
Throughout her 20 years at AQU, Dr. Rania has continuously worked on capacity building projects that aims to improve education and scientific research. She managed the World Bank Project for quality improvement of competency-based-education and training of health professions, through which she supervised the curricula development at the Faculty of Health Professions, and she is a member at the Academic Development Committee at Al-Quds University.
Dr. Abu Seir undertook several consultancy activities. She supervised and consulted on several capacity building projects in scientific and clinical research at the Palestinian Medical Technology Association (PMTA), Augusta Victoria Hospital, Arab Istishari Hospital, and Thalassemia Patients’ Friends Society (TPFS). She consulted with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as an external reviewer for the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission (AQAC) to evaluate new programs submitted by other universities. She developed and taught several intra- and extra-curricular courses to different programs according to international standards for several curricula development projects.
Dr. Rania has been a leader researcher in the fields of cancer, hematology and blood banking, and other fields of medical laboratory sciences. In addition, she is a member in several prestigious scientific international organizations and has represented Palestine and the university at several national and international conferences.
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