A great many of former DAAD scholarship holders are working today at Palestinian universities. They hold lead positions as university presidents, vice presidents, deans, professors and lecturers. Whether you want to get in touch with universities or scientists in the Palestinian territories or are a student looking for first-hand experiences on study and research in Germany, DAAD alumni at each university will be pleased to help. The alumni ambassadors represent the alumni of their universities and are working in close cooperation with the DAAD IC in East Jerusalem.

The alumni representatives at Palestinian universities introduce themselves:

Alumni Representative Al-Aqsa University Gaza

Alumni Representative Al-Aqsa University Gaza

Prof. Khaled Safi was awarded a DAAD scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree in Jordan in 1995. He further graduated with a DAAD funded PhD in Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany in 2003.  Prof. Khaled Safi also received DAAD funding for short research visits in Germany and benefited from the DAAD re-invitation progamme that offers DAAD alumni the chance to conduct research or take up employment in Germany for up to three months. He is now Dean of Arts & Human Sciences teaching in the History Department at Al-Aqsa University.

Prof. Dr. Khaled Safi
History Department
Al-Aqsa University Gaza
Email: khmasafihotmail.com

Alumni Representative Al Azhar University Gaza

Alumni Representative Al Azhar University Gaza

Prof. Naji Al Dahoudi is a Professor of Physics & Materials Sciences Engineering at the Physics Department at Al Azhar University Gaza. He was awarded DAAD scholarships for pursuing his Masters degree in Jordan in 1998 and a PhD degree at Saarland University in 2003. Prof Dahoudi also received several DAAD grants to carry out research in Germany. His award-winning research on renewable energy is among others funded by a German-Palestinian joint research programme. He is currently developing a new generation of solar cells.

Prof. Naji Al Dahoudi
Physics Department
Al Azhar University Gaza
P.O. Box 1277
Gaza Strip
Email: najialazhar-gaza.edu


Alumni Representative Al-Quds University

Alumni Representrative Al-Quds University

Dr. Ahmad Amro was awarded a DAAD PhD scholarship in 2005 and did his German language course at the interDaF e. V. at the Herder-Institut of the University of Leipzig. He finished his PhD from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin with highest recognition (summa cum laude) in 2009. Currently he is Associate Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Al-Quds University.

Dr. rer. med. Ahmad Amro
Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology
Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy
Al-Quds University
Main Campus, Abu Dis
Phone: 00970 (2) 279 0412
Fax: 00970 (2) 279 0414
Email: ahmad.amrostaff.alquds.edu

Alumni Representative An-Najah National University

Alumni Representative An-Najah National University

Dr. Munqez Ishtaya is Assistant Professor in Plant Breeding at An-Najah National University in Nablus.

He received funding for two DAAD short research visits to conduct research on the Circadian clock and stress adaptation in barley at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany in 2009.  He currently collaborates with the Max Planck Institute in a joint research project in the same field funded through a grant from the research funding organisation DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Dr. Munqez Shtaya
Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
An-Najah National University
Phone: 00972 599 800 774
Email: mshtayanajah.edu

Alumni Representative Arab American University

Alumni Representative Arab American University 

Dr. Isam Alawneh received his PhD degree in electrical engineering in Bochum, Germany in the field of antenna and wave propagation and worked as a design engineer for surface acoustic filters in Germany for three years. Since 2009, he is working as Assistance Professor at the Telecommunication Engineering Department at the Arab American University in Jenin. He was granted two DAAD short research visits to conduct research at University Duisburg-Essen and at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

Dr. Isam Alawneh
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Arab American University
Phone: 00972 598 459 850
Fax: 00970  425 108 10/626
Email: isam.alawnehaauj.edu

Alumni Representative Birzeit University

Alumni Representative
Birzeit University
Head DAAD Alumni Association West Bank

Dr. rer. oec. Samah Abu Assab is Assistant Professor of Marketing and Innovation at Birzeit University at the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Dr. Samah was awarded two DAAD scholarships to pursue a Masters degree in Innovation and Technology Management and a PhD in Marketing and Innovation Management at the Brandenburg University of Technology (TU) Cottbus, Germany. Afterwards, she received an Erasmus+ post doctorate scholarship in Public awareness for Sustainable Manufacturing at the TU Berlin. Dr. Samah is Head of the DAAD alumni association in the West Bank.

Dr. Samah Abu Assab
Faculty of Business and Electronics
Birzeit University
Phone: 00972 592 556 822
Email: sassab@birzeit.edu

Alumni Representative Hebron University

Alumni Representative Hebron University

Dr. Sami Makharza is Assistant Professor in Nanochemistry at Hebron University, College of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences. He was awarded a DAAD PhD scholarship in 2010 for pursuing his PhD degree at Technical University, Dresden. Dr. Makharza benefited from the re-invitation program in 2018 that offers the opportunity to follow up his research for three months at IFW Dresden, Germany.

Dr.Sami Makharza
College of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Hebron University


Alumni Representative Islamic University of Gaza

Alumni Representative Islamic University of Gaza

Professor Samir Afifi obtained his PhD from the Institute of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Kassel, Germany in 1990 and is a member of the DAAD scholarship selection committee in the Gaza Strip since 1994.  He is a Professor at the Environmental and Earth Science Department and the Director of the Excellence Center for Marine Science and Costal Management at the Islamic University of Gaza.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Samir Afifi
Department of Environmental and Earth Science
Environmental and Rural Research Center
Islamic University of Gaza
Phone: 00970 599 465 665
Email: safifiiugaza.edu.ps

Alumni Representative Palestine Polytechnic University

Alumni Representative Palestine Polytechnic University Hebron

Murad Abusubaih received his PhD. in Telecommunications Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 2009, his M.sc. in Communications Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, in 2001, and his B.sc. degree (with distinction) in computer systems engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine, in 1999. During 2004-2009, he worked as research assistant at the Telecommunication Networks Group at the Technical University of Berlin. He has been working on Policies and Protocols for Wireless Networks and has been involved in different projects.
Since his return to Palestine, Dr. Abusubaih has been working at Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU). He was chair of the Electrical Engineering department for three years. Since 2015 he has been appointed as the dean of graduate studies and scientific research.

Dr.-Ing Murad Abusubaih, Assistant Professor Telecommunications Eng.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU)
Phone: 00972 2 2233050, ext. 9288
Email: murads@ppu.edu

Alumni Representative Palestine Technical University Kadoorie

Alumni Representative
Palestine Technical University Kadoorie

Dr. Hussein Shanak, DAAD Alumni, holds a PhD in Physics from Saarland University, Saarbrücken. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Physics at the Palestine Technical University Kadoorie working in the field of thin film nanotechnology, especially transition metal oxides, and polyamide films for industrial applications. His research also focuses on transport in carbon-based materials including graphite systems and organic semiconductors.

Dr. Hussein Shanak
Department of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Palestine Technical University Kadoorie
Email: h.shanakptuk.edu.ps