Increasing access to higher education for Israel’s Arab citizens is an essential part of realising this population’s potential to contribute to Israel’s economic prosperity and improve socio-economic conditions within the Arab community. Since the 1990s there has been a constant growth in rates of Arab students in higher education: In the 1999-2000 academic year 9.8% of higher education students were Arab citizens, which increased by 2015-2016 to 14.7%. However this number still is lower than … [Read more...]
The Centre for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity was established at the Hebrew University in order to develop multicultural sensitivities and tolerance among its students. The centre’s activities aim to increase students’ knowledge of society, teach them how to critique power relations within it, and to be aware of the variety of points of view in Israeli society. The centre explores issues of multiculturalism and diversity on both an academic and practical level, emphasising … [Read more...]
A pilot training programme to promote better Jewish-Arab relations on campus in Israel and help the integration of Arab students into higher education, has been launched at Hebrew University. The programme is the first of its kind in Israeli academia, and will train 20 members of the university’s administrative staff and 20 members of the university’s security staff. Providing a window into Arab society in Israel, the course will comprise of 6 sessions and include guest lectures, practical … [Read more...]
The knowledge of Arabic is of critical importance for Israel; hence, advancing it at all levels is a matter of national interest. It is essential for cultivating mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs and for acquiring acquaintance with Islam and Arabic culture. In 1947, one year before the establishment of the State of Israel, the Hebrew University published the first scholarly Arabic-Hebrew dictionary. This dictionary made an important contribution to scholarly research and … [Read more...]
EVENT REPORT: Enhancing Access to Higher Education ‒ lunch and discussion with Professor Edriss Titi
Prof. Titi of Israel's Council for Higher Education at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Photo by UK Task Force.
The UK Task Force hosted a roundtable lunch and discussion with Professor Edriss Titi, from Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE), for the UK Friends of Israeli Academic Institutions to learn about its strategy for enhancing access to higher education for Arab undergraduate students and explore opportunities for partnership. In 2012 Israel's Council for Higher Education (CHE) launched a Six-Year Plan to enhance access to higher education for Arab citizens. Increasing successful … [Read more...]