Life at BZU
Birzeit University has always maintained two parallel paths: the continuous advancement of the academic process, whether by introducing more specializations or by founding the facilities and buildings required for expansion, and the promotion of a political, literary, artistic, and democratic culture among students through extra-curricular and curricular activities.
Among those activities is the annual student council elections. The university, out of its belief in the importance of democratic procedures, organizes annual student elections, during which students form a student council consisting of 11 elected members.
The university also endeavors to integrate students in their communities and promote active citizenship. To that end, the university has incorporated a voluntary work program into graduation requirements for all students since 1972. Each student is required to complete 120 volunteer work hours before graduation.
Birzeit Nights, a national celebration of Palestinian heritage and culture, is also one part of the university’s strategy to incorporate students into the broader Palestinian society. Proceeds generated by the festival will be used to support the student fund at the university.
The university also encourages cultural and art activities as one way of achieving its goals and values. Several campus clubs promote public freedoms and support art, literature, and science education.