STEPS students have come from all over the occupied Palestinian territories, and – as Palestinian refugees – from beyond and have studied a wide variety of subjects, including physics, medicine, anthropology, international relations and sustainable development. What they have in common is that they have all enriched student life at St Andrews, worked hard, and achieved excellent results.
In addition to their studies, many of our students have also been very generous with their time, sharing their knowledge and experience at STEPS events and with other communities across Scotland, helping to raise awareness of the Palestinian situation under occupation, and the challenges facing young Palestinians in particular. Here STEPS alumna and anthropologist Manar Qawasmi addresses the Iona Community.
After graduating from St Andrews, STEPS students have gone on to further success, with some winning scholarships to continue their studies to PhD level, while others have returned to bring their skills to benefit their homeland and their region. Mohammed, pictured left, is now completing his Ph.D. in physics at Heriot Watt, after earning a distinction in optoelectronics at St Andrews.
Meera Albaba attended St Andrews with the dream of starting a fashion label. Since graduating in 2016 she has gained experience working in the fashion business in Germany She is now on the point of returning to Gaza to make her dream come true – she plans to open for business in November.
Aya, who studied sustainable development at St Andrews is now working for UN-ESCWA in Lebanon, working on the areas of climate change, water resources and sustainable development – pictured here outside UN House, Beirut.