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Samir Daoud Musa Najdi

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 0
  • Curriculum vitae :


  • Professor Dr. Samir Al-Najdi holds the position of President of Al-Quds Open University from the beginning of the year 2022.
  • Professor Dr. Samir Al-Najdi served as Vice President of Al-Quds Open University for Academic Affairs in Palestine from 2012 until 2021.
  • Chairman of the Academic Council, Chairman of the Graduate Studies Council, and
  • Member of the University Council at Al-Quds Open University.
  • Membership of the Palestinian Higher Education Council during the period (2019-2021).
  • Membership of the Higher Education Reform Expert Committee (Erasmus+).
  • He served as Vice President for Administrative Affairs at Al-Quds Open University
  • (2001-2011) and Assistant Vice President for Administrative Affairs at Al-Quds
  • Open University (1998-2001).
  • He served as Dean of Student Affairs at Al-Quds University - Abu Dis (1994-1998).
  • He obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Assiut University - Egypt in 1981, a master's degree in 1984, and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the
  • University of California at Davis - USA in 1989.
  • Promotion to the rank of Associate Professor (Al-Quds University 1998).
  • Promotion to the rank of professor (Al-Quds Open University 2011).
  • He taught chemistry at the University of California - Davis and Al-Quds University.
  • He received the American Fulbright Grant (1997) and the German DAAD Grant (2000) for research work.
  • He participated as a consultant in many international workshops (Jerusalem, France, Spain, and the Caribbean Islands) in the field of leadership, creativity and change.
  • Dr. Al-Najdi's research interests focus on education policies, university governance, teaching methods, and e-learning. He has many publications in chemistry and education in prestigious specialized scientific journals.



  1.  Evaluating the quality of e-learning at Al-Quds Open University in light of international quality standards, Samir Al-Najdi , Palestinian Journal of Open Education 11-48, Volume Three, Issue Six, January 2012.
  2.  The impact of electronic learning (E-learning) on critical thinking among students at Al-Quds Open University, Samir Al-Najdi, and Randa Al-Sheikh , Palestinian Journal of Open Distance Education , Volume Two, Issue Five, January 2010.
  3. Students Attitude toward Learning Chemistry, Samir Najdi. Journal of Al-Quds Open University for Educational & Psychological Research and Studies No.1(April, 2013), 11-31.
  4. Educational Games: Do they Make a Difference? Samir Najdi and Randa El Sheikh. Procedia -Science and Behavioral Sciences 47 (2012), 48 – 51.
  5. Multiple Intelligences Theory and its Effect in Raising the Van Hiele levels of Thinking, Samir Najdi, and, Randa El Sheikh. Journal of Al-Quds Open University for Research and Studies - No. 23 - May 2011
  6. Using E-Assessment Structured Communication Grid Test (SCGT) to Assess High Levels of Thinking Skills. Samir Najdi, and Randa El Sheikh. Academic Colloquium 2010, Building Partnership in Teaching Excellence, August 2010, 52-61.
  7. The Effects of Investigation Teaching Strategy Based on Multiple Intelligences in Raising the Van Hiele levels of Geometric Thinking, Samir D. Najdi, and Randa M. El Sheikh, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2009) INTI University College, Malaysia, 2009.
  8. Aqueous vinyl-insertion polymerization of lactamine-functionalized norbornene by palladium(II) chloride. Ming Hu, Samir D. Najdi, Kuang Jen Wu, and Mark J. Kurth. Lett, 2002, 43, 1775-8.
  9. Phsico-Chemical Investigation of Buffer-Indicator Interactions in the Presence of Surfactants (Effect of Triton x-100 on the Thermodynamic Parameters of Ionization of Methyl Orange). Dakiky, M., Dweik, H., Kanaan, K., Kayali, , Khamis, M., Manasra, A., Najdi, S., Odeh, I. J. Al-Azhar University-Gaza, 1999, 1 (1), 23-31.
  10. Solution-and Solid-Phase Synthesis of Novel Hydantoin and Isoxazoline-Containing Heterocycles. Kyung-ho Park, Eric Abbate, Samir Najdi, and Mark J. Kurth.. Commun., 1998, 16, 1679-80.
  11. Complexation of Borate with Poly (1-acrylamido-1-deoxy lactitol): Dilute Solution Viscosity, B-NMR, and 13C-NMR Studies. Mark E. Wilson, Samir Najdi, John M. Krochta, You-Lo Hsieh, and Mark J. Kurth., Macromolecules 1998, 31(14), 4489 – 92.
  12. Solid-Phase Synthesis: Intramolecular Azomethine Ylide Cycloaddition (® Proline) and Carbanilide Cylization (®Hydantoin) Reactions. Young-Dae Gong, Samir Najdi, Marilyn M. Olmstead, and Mark J. Kurth. Org. Chem. 1998, 63, 3081-6.
  13. Synthesis of Hexahydro-1H-pyrrolo (1,2-C) imidazole Derivatives by Sequential Azomethine Ylide Cycloaddition and Urea Cyclization Reactions. Samir Najdi, Kyung-Ho Park, Marilyn M. Olmstead, Mark J. Kurth, Lett, 1998, 39, 1685-8.
  14. Polymer-Supported Synthesis as a Tool for improving Chemoselectivity: Pauson Khand Reaction. Jason L. Spitzer, Mark J. Kurth, Neil E. Schore and Samir D. Najdi. Tetrahedron, 1997, 53(20), 6791-6806.
  15. Applications of Substrate Polymer Linkage to Organic and Organometallic Synthesis. E. Schore, X. Beebe, J.M. Jones, J.M. Montierth, S.D.Najdi, J.A.Spitzer Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc. 210:147-Org. Part 2, 1995.
  16. Use of Metal Complexation in the Synthesis of Medium-Ring Acetylenic Lactones. Najdi, Samir D. Olmstead, Marilyn M. Schore, Neil E. Organomet. Chem. 1992, 431, 335-358.
  17. Enantioselective Route to –Butyrolactones: Chiral Auxiliary Mediated Amide Alkylation and Iodolactonization. Najdi, Samir D. Reiclin, Daniel. Kurth, Mark J. Org. Chem. 1990, 55, 6241-6244.
  18. Synthesis of (2R,6R)-(-)-2,6-Lupetidine: 2,6-Disubstituted Piperidines as Potentially Useful “C2-Symmetric” Chiral Reagents. Najdi, Samir D. Kurth, Mark J. Lett. 1990, 31(23), 3279-3282.
  19. Pauson-Khand Cycloadditions of Polymer-Linked Substrates. Schore, Neil E. and Najdi, Samir D. J. Am. Chem. Soc.1990, 112, 441-44
  20. Preparation of Medium-Ring Acetylenic Lactones Utilizing Metal-Promoted Alkyne Bending. Schore, N. E.; Najdi, D. J.Org. Chem. 1987, 52, 5296-5298.
  21. Stereoselective Synthesis of Alkenyl-Substituted 1,3-Dioxolanes or 4,7-Dihydro-1,3-dioxepins or an (E)-a,b-Unsaturated Aldehydes from (Z)-2-Butene-1,4-diols. Zweifel, G.S.; Leong, T.; Najafi, R.M. Najdi, S. Org. Chem. 1985, 50, 2004-2006.



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