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October 23, 2013October 23, 2013  0 comments  Geography

Very soon Nazareth will have its first major university,  Texas A & M has agreed to open a branch of their university in Nazareth, making it the first American University to have a branch in Nazareth. The university plans to take over the operations of the Nazareth Academic Institute. The official signing ceremony will be held later this week and President Shimon Peres will be presiding along with Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp who will be in attendance.

Many Arab Israelis currently attend college abroad and by having a campus in Nazareth, the university hopes to drive more students to study abroad at this campus. Texas A&M will take over the city's existing college, the Nazareth Academic Institute, which was established in 2010 as an independent institution in order to serve the Arab population but has not had state funding since its inception. As a result, it was impossible to remain independent without funding and the according to the NAI's dean of students, Soher Bsharat, they realized that by cooperation with Texas they would be able to have a future.

According to the agreement, a $70 million campus will be built in Nazareth, to be known as Texas A & M Peace University, and the curriculum will incude many English courses as well.

 

Having a prestigious university will no doubt have extremely positive impact on Nazareth, which has undergone significant redevelopment over the last few years. The city has welcomed many new restaurants, hotels, and new attractions, including the Mary of NAzareth Center, situated in the center of town. The Gospel Trail and the Jesus Trail, two important hiking routes, also 'begin' out of Nazareth.

 

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Elisa L. Moed is the founder and CEO of Travelujah-Holy Land tours, the leading Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy land. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.

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