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Reyad Hasan Alkhoudari

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1943
  • Age: 73
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Riyad Hassan El Khoudary, (born July 27, 1943), is a well known Palestinian academic. He heads the Education and Higher Education Department of PLO, being a member of its executive committee and a member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and the Palestinian Central Council (PCC). He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Quds Open University; and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Al Azhariya Institutes in Palestine.

He is the founder of Al-Azhar University - Gaza and was its president during the period from 1991–2005.

He was also the leader of the founding team of the Gaza University (Formerly known as Gaza Women University) and was its president From 2007–2010 and again from 2013 - 2016.

Being Specialized in Geology; Prof. Dr. Riyad El Khoudary shared strongly on the Middle East multilateral peace talks and headed the Palestinian delegation in the working group on water resources since 1992.

Riyad Hassan El Khoudary was born in 1943 in Gaza City – then in the British mandate of Palestine, where he attended primary, preparatory, and secondary schools, and completed his secondary school education in June 1960. In September 1960, he moved to Egypt and studied Geology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Cairo and got his B.Sc., special degree in Geology in June 1964.
In the Spring of 1965 he was awarded a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for post graduate studies in Geology. Subsequently he left to Germany in the summer of 1965, studied German language for 6 months and then started his postgraduate studies. In December 1968 he got his M.Sc. in Geology and in August 1972 he earned his PhD in the same field from the University of Stuttgart. The title of his published doctoral dissertation was "Investigations in the Upper Jurassic of the Iberian Cordillera with special regard to the Micro fauna (Province of Teruel and Rincon de Ademuz)".

Membership of associations and committees:
Head of the Palestinian Delegation in the Middle East Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources since 1992.
Head of the Water Research Center of Al-Azhar University - Gaza (1995–2005).
Member of the Arab Association of Geologists.
Member of the Committee of Higher Education Council for Higher Education in Jerusalem.
Member of PNC and PCC since 1996.
Member of the P.L.O. – Executive Committee since April 1996.
Member of the Water Academy, chair no. 43, Oslo – Norway.


Achievements and Awards


Founder of The Geological Engg. Dept. at Al Fateh University (Tripoli) – Libya (1979).
Founder of Al-Azhar University - Gaza (1991).
Founder of Al-Quds Open University Branch in Gaza (1992).
Founder of The Water Research Center at Al-Azhar University - Gaza (1995).
Head of the founding team of Gaza University (2006) (Formerly known as Gaza Women University).

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