Israel’s higher education attracts int’l students with 26 new degree programs

Israel’s higher education proposed to add twenty-six additional international degree programs taught in English to make study in Israel more attractive.

Currently, Israel’s higher education comprises of 12,000 international students. Nevertheless, the Council for Higher Education in Israel (CHE) aims at doubling this number through intensive marketing.

Israel’s progressive higher education 

CHE has established a Study in Israel initiative intended at increasing the number of international students found in Israeli universities and colleges to twofold. 

Israel’s higher education has been progressive because out of the 12,000 international students studying in this nation, 6,000 of them are short-term learners as they are enrolled for summer courses or a semester. 

CHE’s Head of International Student Affairs, Marissa Gross Yarm, notes that nearly 5,000 international students undertake full degrees. 

Yarm’s figures illustrate almost 2,000 bachelor’s degree students, at least 1,800 master’s degree students, about 1,300 postdocs, and nearly 8,00 Ph.D. students.

Israel’s higher education more appealing to North American students

Israel’s higher education is more attractive to nations such as South Korea, India, China, France, Germany, Canada, and the US. 

This is a positive trend because Israel has become more appealing to students from North America than ever witnessed.

The campaign deemed Study in Israel is projected to target students in India, China, and North America. This initiative will be instrumental in ensuring that the attractiveness of Israel’s higher education is known worldwide.

Israel’s higher education is comprised of 62 institutions, and most international students are admitted to one of the eight public universities, such as the University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, and Bar-llan University, among others. 

On the other hand, the 26 new international degree programs being rolled out will cover areas, such as Jewish studies, innovation and entrepreneurship, agriculture, design, environmental studies, and STEM, among others. 

Yarm asserts that these disciplines are ideal as they are attractive to international students. 

Conversely, according to Prof. Shlomo Biderman, the chairman of VARAM, the Board of Public Academic Colleges in Israel, Israel’s higher education sector ought to redefine itself for it to remain relevant. 

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