Key Facts and Figures

  • Founded in 1924 as a girls’ school
  • Became Birzeit University in 1976 – the first university to be established in Palestine 
  • Located in proximity to Ramallah, at the town of Birzeit
  • University campus covers 800 dunums (80 hectares), with 25 buildings currently on-site
  • In 2015-16, 12,101 students are registered at Birzeit University:
    • 10,710 undergraduate
    • 290 graduate and doctoral
    • 101 diploma and special students
    • 64% female, 36% male
  • 2,184 students graduated from Birzeit in 2014-5 (40 Diploma, 1,784 Bachelors, 360 Masters)
  • More than 32,000 graduates overall as of June 2015
  • 529 faculty members, 56% of whom hold a Doctoral degree
  • 189 researchers and research assistants 
  • The main library, the Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim Library, contains over 147,000 volumes and serves as the Regional Center of World Bank and UNESCO publications
  • Three branch libraries for Law, Development Studies and Women’s Studies
  • Naseeb Aziz Shahin Theatre
  • Michel and Sanieh Hakim Astrological Observatory
  • Birzeit University Museum