Bethlehem University is a Catholic co-educational institution in the Lasallian tradition whose mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of Palestine and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge.
The University emphasizes excellence in academic programs and the development of students as committed people prepared to assume leading positions in society. The University fosters shared values, moral principles, and dedication to serving the common good.
The historic visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land in 1964 was the spark that ultimately lead to the creation of Bethlehem University. This visit was a great boost to the local people and stimulated religious devotion and Christian pride. Pope Paul VI desire was to do something to help the Palestinian people, but it was very unclear what that would be. Ultimately, Pope Paul VI desire lead to the creation of Bethlehem University.
Founded in 1973, Bethlehem University is open to students of all faith traditions. It is the first university established in the West Bank and can trace its roots to 1893 when the De La Salle Christian Brothers opened schools in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Nazareth, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.
The Equestrian Order annually donates to the general fund of the University and several Lieutenancies have created scholarship programs to assist individual students.
More information can be found on their website at:https://www.bethlehem.edu/home