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Birzeit University wins prestigious Yasser Arafat Achievement Award

Nov. 12, 2018 12:40 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 12, 2018 3:18 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Birzeit University has won the prestigious Yasser Arafat Achievement Award for 2018 in a special ceremony, on Saturday, at the Ramallah Cultural Palace, in central occupied West Bank, commemorating the 14th anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.

The Yasser Arafat Achievement Award honors institutions and personalities who are distinguished by their exceptional work, and recognizes real achievements in national, cultural, social, economic, scientific, or academic areas of work.

The Secretary General of the Palestinian President's Office, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yasser Arafat Foundation, Nasser al-Qudwa, presented the award to the Chair of Birzeit University's Board of Trustees, Hanna Nasir.

Nasir expressed his pride at "receiving such a prestigious award on a day when all of Palestine commemorates the death of an iconic leader who inspired and still inspires all Palestinians to attain their freedoms and rights."

Nasir said, "This award is given to Birzeit University just a couple of days after it was ranked as one of the best 50 universities in the Arab region according to the QS world ranking."

Nasir remarked that as he was entering the ceremony, he noticed the mural at the entrance of the palace, where Nabiha Nasir, the co-founder of Birzeit School in 1924, sits next to 60 other prominent Palestinian personalities.

"Thanks to Nabiha Nasir, Birzeit School was founded, and then developed into a college and then a university. She was a prominent activist in the movement for women's rights, and the values that the school was built on including academic freedom and intellectual diversity, which were solidified in the school by Nabiha, are still the driving spirit of Birzeit," he said.

During the ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yasser Arafat Foundation, Nasser al-Qudwa, talked about the Foundation's mission of preserving the heritage of Arafat through the visible and written archive.

Al-Qidwa said "The committee that works on the Yasser Arafat Achievement Award is just one thing that we do to continue his legacy of benevolence to support the advancement of Palestinians to achieve the national project and build a democratic Palestinian society."

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