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Gabi Baramki

Education, Resistance, Leadership, Advocacy, and Innovation

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Gabi Baramki is celebrated for his unwavering dedication to education in Palestine, particularly during times under occupation. As a key figure at Birzeit University, he helped transform it from a college to a prestigious university and actively defended Palestinians' right to education.

Brief bio

Baramki was an influential Palestinian academic, serving as Vice President and acting President of Birzeit University. He played a crucial role in developing the university's first degree-granting program and was a vocal advocate for educational rights under occupation.

Major Milestones


  • 1953: Established the community college program as dean of Birzeit College...See More

  • 1972: Guided Birzeit College's evolution into a university as vice-president.

  • 1974-1993: Served as acting president of Birzeit University during challenging times.

  • 1994: Became a special consultant for the first Palestinian Ministry of Education.

  • 2009: Published "Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University Under Occupation."..See More

  • Advancing Education: Developed Birzeit University's first degree-granting program.

  • Leading under Occupation: Fought to maintain academic independence and led marches against university closures during the first intifada.

  • International Networking: Co-founded the Palestinian European Academic Cooperation in Education Program.

  • Promoting Academic Freedom: Advocated against the closure and restrictions imposed on Palestinian universities.

  • Authoring a Key Work: His book "Peaceful Resistance" highlights the struggles and resilience of Palestinian education under occupation.

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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