Al Quds University has a clear mission to provide top-quality education to the widest cross-section of society, while fulfilling an essential role in reaching out to and supporting the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised members of our community. Whilst this may be a mission shared by many institutions of higher education, in occupied East Jerusalem it takes on a dimension and an urgency that are unique, as we provide literacy lessons to women in the Old City and cultural activities for schoolchildren to keep them off the streets, in addition to educating the women and men who will be their teachers, and the leaders of our society tomorrow.

As a research university, we have achieved excellence despite our dire political and financial circumstances, with professors working on such diverse issues as nanotechnology and cancer cures, for instance, in addition to politics, art, architecture and information technology, to name but a few. We provide an education to over 12,000 students in the shadow of our two walls, the prosaic Separation Wall and the poetic Wall of the Old City, in our main campus in Abu Dis and in our campuses in Sheikh Jarrah, Beit Hanina and the Old City.

The College of Music is our latest project, which aims to bring life back to the darkening streets of the Old City of Jerusalem and music to the ears of its citizens and visitors. It aims for excellence in musical education, allowing our young talented  musicians to have access to a level of learning and professional advancement hitherto unavailable in our country.  It also aims to graduate outstanding professionals in the field of music, practitioners who will be able to take their place on the international stage and, progressively, bring that international stage back home to Jerusalem.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to read this and find out more about our latest project, and those who decide to go further and find out how they can be a part of it.  Most of all, I would like to thank those who have already given so much of their time and resources to making the Al Quds University College of Music a reality, in Vienna, Jerusalem and around the world; and those who will do so as we move forward. Music may not be able to drown out the guns and cannon; but it can certainly bridge cultures and reach across walls.


Sari Nusseibeh

President of Al-Quds University

The College of Music is part of Al-Quds University

The University, the only Arab University in Jerusalem, provides higher education and community services within the Jerusalem area and to the neighboring towns, villages and refugee camps in the West Bank.

It has ten academic faculties on four campuses: Arts, Science and Technology, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Law, Qur'an and Islamic Studies, Health Professions, Engineering, and Jurisprudence. These faculties accommodate more than nine thousand students from the Jerusalem area and from the districts of Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Jericho, Nablus, Ramallah, Tulkarem, and Qalqilia.

The university delivers educational services and engage students in positive learning experiences, so that they may envision and hope for a better future. The University maintains two campuses and administrative offices in Jerusalem, though since the Second Intifada many classes have been moved to other campuses in Abu Dis. Other campuses operate in al-Bireh next to Ramallah and Tubas.