Student Profiles


Rasha in class Al Quds University November 2014
Rasha, Anne and Fadi at Al Quds University November 2014

Rasha is in her final year of a degree in Biology at Al Quds University Bards College. Bard College has partnered with Bard College located in Hudson US.

Degree courses have a similar structure to US degrees, i.e. the students study a major subject and a range of minors.

Rasha has enjoyed being able to broaden her knowledge by studying politics, media and other subjects as minors

After her degree course Rasha plans to study for an MSc in Bio Diversity. Because her country doesn't have much awareness of the importance of environmental issues 


Amal and Anne in IBDAA November 2014
Amal & Anne in class at Al Quds University November 2014

Amal is studying Medical Laboratory Sciences and would like to work in a hospital lab in Bethlehem

Anne joined Amal for two classes organic chemistry and cell biology.

Amal spoke of working very hard to prepare for many exams


Khalil and other students in hospital clinic Al Quds University November
Khalil & Anne in IBDAA

Anne joined Khalil for his practical session in a neonatal ward at Bethlehem Hospital. He and another student were looking after a newly born twin who had been born with a cleft palette

Khalil talked about choosing nursing so he would be able to look after sick people. 

He has had to break his studies a number of times to help his father supplement the family income


Nihal and Anne in IBDAA at Dheisheh November 2014
Nihal and Anne in dentistry class at Al Quds University

Anne joined Nihal for one of her classes, an introduction to dentistry at Al Quds University in November 2014. The class was taught by the Head of the Department. He delivered a very interactive lively session.

Nihal would like to open a dentistry practice in Dheisheh when she completes her degree


Anne and Nibal at Al Quds University
Nibal & Anne her home in Dheisheh November 2014

Nibal is studying Computer Science. She has 4 siblings and her father is employed. During Anne's recent visit they spent time swapping stories of different computer programming languages. Anne taught Computer Programming for many years at City College Norwich.

In November Nibal spoke of her plans to study for a masters degree specialising in games programming. On completion of her masters Nibal spoke of starting her own business producing computer games.

Marwah (pictured on the left) in Dheisheh March 2014

Marwah sitting on left hand side
Marwa & Anne in a lab November 2014

Marwa has five siblings and is studying medicine. She would like to work as a doctor, specialising in gynaecology, to be able to help the women of Dheisheh when she is qualified. Marwa's father is a social worker.

Marwa feels more girls have applied to our scholarship than boys, because girls work harder and achieve higher grades at school than boys!

In November Anne joined Marwa for one of her practical classes in a laboratory, picture included



Layla & Anne Al Quds University Nov 2014

Layla will be supported for two years until the completion of her Midwifery degree.  Layla chose midwifery because she enjoys being able to help women and their babies. Midwifery is not offered at Bethlehem University.

Layla is a volunteer with Diabetes Friends Society, especially in providing emotional support to children with Diabetes. And also in the area of palliative care especially in the care of young children with cancer and mothers who have developed breast cancer. 


Mai & Anne in her home in Dheisheh

Mai is being funded for the last year of her degree course. During the summer Mai volunteers in IBDAA helping with volleyball and basketball.



Anne and Fadi at Al Quds
Fadi in class Nov 2014

Fadi who has four siblings is studying biology and would like to go on to a master degree. His father has a weak heart and is unable to work, his mother works as a cleaner for UN in Jerusalem. When I visited their home in November 2014 his father was recovering from a recent heart operation. 

Fadi has volunteered with IBDAA football teams and now volunteers in other centres in Dheisheh who produce street theatre, dance to provide entertainment to local groups



Anne and Naba at Al Quds University

Naba has done exceptionally well and completed a four year degree in three years. Thanks in part to being able to concentrate fully on her studies because JAEP had paid her fees.

Naba started a MSc Physics also at Al Quds in September 2013