Within the context of the academic cooperation between An-Najah National University and Lancaster University, Professor Keith Hanley of Lancaster University visited the Department of English at An-Najah National University. The visit lasted one week (29 May to 6 June). During his visit Professor Hanley gave a series of lectures on nineteenth century English literature, oriental and postcolonial literature, and the differences between the educational systems in Palestine and the UK. The English Department students and staff found the lectures both novel in their orientation and thought provoking.
Professor Hanley also held different meetings with An-Najah administration, British Council, and the Chair and the staff of the Department of English. He attended some lectures at the Department of English and he expressed his admiration of the standard and quality of Education that the Department of English at An-Najah offers to its students.
Prof Hanley’s visit aimed at fostering cooperation between the two institutions and discussing proposals for some joint research and the initiation of some educational programs. Dr. Ekrema Shehab, the head of the English Department said that he and the staff members of the Department of English are very content with the outcomes of the visit and the level of cooperation between the two institutions.
Dr. Shehab expressed his readiness to offer every possible help to support the exchange of research and educational proposals between the two institutions. It is worth mentioning that several staff members at An-Najah obtained their graduate degrees from Lancaster and several students form An-Najah are still pursuing their graduate studies there.
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