A Word by the Head of English Department


Dear student,

On behalf of the English department, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the campus of the Islamic University of Gaza , one of the oldest and leading universities in Gaza. Established in 1984, the English department has fought hard to be one of the best departments in Gaza with over 1100 students currently studying at the BA and MA levels. The department has 15 staff members who completed their PhD studies at British, American, Australian, and Malaysian Universities.

In 2015 the department opened an MA in Translation and Applied Linguistics, the first programme to be accredited in Gaza. This year a number of MA students graduated from the department after successfully completing all graduation requirements including writing up their theses. Our MA and BA graduates are working in various fields, including government and UNRWA schools, translation centers and NGOs. Some of them have got leading positions at UN bodies and international organizations.

The department has forged good relations with local and international universities. A number of students have been able to travel to the UK as part of the Exchange Learning Programme with the University of Glasgow. Returning students have expressed their happiness as this learning opportunity has had great impact on their performance and enabled them to be in touch with native speakers and get access to all learning facilities at the University of Glasgow.

The English department will always do its best to maintain its leading position in providing high quality education in the 21st century despite the great challenges that the English staff encounter, especially the closure of the Rafah Crossing Point which has prevented staff from participating at regional and international conferences.

Kind regards,


Dr. Mohammed El Haj Ahmed

Assistant Professor of Translation

Head of English Department

Islamic University of Gaza

Email: mselhajahmed@iugaza.edu.ps

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