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It is the duty of the academy in Israel to blend a long tradition of academic excellence with a sober observation of the horizon and the changes in the digital world

This is what the chairman of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Prof. Yaffe Zilbrashtz, said yesterday at the Council for Higher Education conference that was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the New Year and the launch of the new campus.

Prof. Yaffe Zilbrashtz, head of the OTD at the 60th anniversary of OTD conference. Photography: Yaniv Schmidt
Prof. Yaffe Zilbrashtz, head of the Department of Science and Technology at the 60th anniversary conference of the Council for Higher Education. Photography: Yaniv Schmidt

The conference was held at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem in the presence of the President of the State, Reuven Rivlin, the Minister of Education and the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly, Naftali Bennett, the retired Judge Dalia Dorner, the Chairman of the Supreme Court Prof. Yaffe Zilbarschat, the Supervisor of the Legislative Assembly Prof. Edo Perlman , the CEO of the MLA/VOT, Mr. Matanyahu Engelman, members of the MLA/VOT, the ministers of education for their generations, the chairmen of the HOT for their generations, the presidents of the universities and colleges, the heads of the national student union and the senior officials of the academic system in Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin: "Since I took office, I have been promoting, together with the chairman of the Israel Defense Forces, the Universities and Colleges, the Israeli Hope program in the academy. A preparation plan for the new Israeli order, where the academy serves as the first and last place where students from all the different tribes meet, before entering the world of employment. One of our strategic goals is 'strengthening the link between academia and employment and increasing the academy's commitment to the employment outcomes of its graduates, especially Arabs and Haredim'. The new campus should be an opportunity and springboard not only for the changing occupational reality, but also for the changing Israeli reality. I am convinced that precisely the move of the new campus, which lays the foundation for a bridge between the academy and the changing labor market, and places emphasis on the student's skills, can be used as a response to the double challenge, both for the need to create a link between the academy and the labor market, and also for the need to integrate the Arab and ultra-Orthodox society into suitable employment . I believe that the Israeli academy cannot look at the new Israeli order as a bystander, it must take part in it as an active, creative and significant player."

Minister of Education and Chairman of the Legislative Council Naftali Bennett: "The Israeli academy has always been a source of national pride, the main strength of the small country that is not rich in resources and natural treasures but is endowed with a creative spirit and unusual thinking patterns. It is the cutting edge of society and industry. The name of the Israeli Academy became known all over the world. A strong academy relies on the casting of doubt, on thinking outside the box and the spark of innovation, which over the years illuminates dozens of spectacular achievements signed by the hand of the Israeli academy."

The chairman of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof. Yaffe Zilbrashtz: "The higher education conference is being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the MLA and the launch of the new campus. It is the duty of the academy in Israel to blend a long tradition of academic excellence with a sober observation to the horizon and the changes in the digital world, which have a huge impact on the world of learning in higher education institutions. It is also clear that the Internet revolution affects research methods, the world of employment and, as a result, the disappearance of certain professions and the birth of new ones.

We are at the beginning of the third year of the six-year plan for the higher education system, it is important to us that the academic institutions for higher education in the State of Israel adapt to the changes, and moreover, take advantage of them to develop the system and build a new and relevant campus."

The Higher Education Award for the year XNUMX

The Israel Higher Education Award is given as a token of appreciation for groundbreaking, inspiring academic work that combines scientific excellence and contribution to the community and society. The award committee was chaired by Honorable Judge Dalia Dorner.

Extraordinary promotion of an academic institution: the award was given to Prof. Moshe Kove, former president of Bar Ilan University. Reasons for the award committee: Prof. Koa served for 18 years (1996-2013) as president of Bar-Ilan University and brought about a significant and impressive change that deserves all praise. When he assumed his position, the university focused on research and teaching in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Prof. Koh led a course in a determined and consistent manner that made the university a leader also in the fields of natural sciences and exact sciences. Faculty members in these fields, many of them Israeli scientists who returned from abroad, were absorbed into the university and Bar-Ilan became a leading university in the natural and exact sciences as well.

Transversal and significant contribution to the advancement of higher education in the State of Israel: the award was given to Prof. Uriel Reichman, founder of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya/
From the reasons of the award committee: The higher education system celebrates its sixty year anniversary of the opening of the ranks and the accessibility of higher education in the State of Israel. Prof. Uriel Reichman took part in the change that led to the flourishing of colleges in Israel in general as well as being the pioneer who developed another model of colleges that are not budgeted. Following his initiative, other institutions were established, but there is no doubt that he is the guide who influenced the entire system and the results of his enterprise will surely continue to reflect on it and its development in the future.

An outstanding young faculty member who combines her academic activity with a significant contribution to society. The award was given to Prof. Ayelet Shavit from Tel Hai Academic College. Reasons for the award committee: Prof. Ayelet Shavit combines in her work high-quality academic research alongside excellent teaching and an important and unique contribution to society in the peripheral areas. Prof. Shavit founded the "Academy in the Square" project, which makes academic courses in various fields accessible to the populations of the North and provides an opportunity for intellectual interaction to the general public.
In the field of academic research, Prof. Shavit is a philosopher of science. She is an active researcher and has many publications. Along with this, Prof. Shavit also heads the unit for teaching excellence and her activity in this field bears many good fruits.

The winning institutions in the competitive call for the establishment of entrepreneurship and innovation centers on campus

The vision of the "new campus" is designed to enable students from different disciplines to implement groundbreaking entrepreneurial ideas while studying. The entrepreneurship and innovation centers will utilize the campus spaces to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem adapted to the worlds of innovation, which encourages creativity, removes barriers between disciplines and connects academia and industry.

The competitive call for the establishment of entrepreneurship centers in academic institutions was launched by VT last April and the deadline for submitting proposals was 10/10/18. The responsiveness of the institutions was impressive - 13 proposals submitted by 19 higher education institutions were delivered to the MLA offices and met the threshold conditions. This is the first time that the state budgets for the establishment of innovation centers in institutions.

1. A grant of NIS 20 million (for 4 years) is awarded to the joint proposal of the Hebrew University, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and Azrieli College of Engineering

2. A grant of NIS 15 million (for 4 years) is awarded to Tel Aviv University and Shankar College

3. A grant of NIS 10 million (for 4 years) is awarded to the Technion

It should be noted that as part of responding to the voice of the reader, collaborations were created between various institutions: Tel Aviv University is a member of the Shenkar College of Design, and the University of Haifa collaborated with Tel Hai College and the Ort Brauda College of Engineering.
The Hebrew University submitted its proposal together with Bezalel Academy of Art and Design as well as Azrieli College of Engineering. Afka College of Engineering is a member of the Kibbutzim Seminary Academic College of Education. Other institutions that submitted proposals and met the threshold conditions were: the Technion, Ariel University, Kinneret Academic College, Bar-Ilan University, HIT College in Holon, Ben-Gurion University, Sapir College, Sami-Shimon College and Ahava College.

The proposals included many collaborations with significant factors in the industry and collaborations were also created with various hospitals, many local authorities, government ministries, research institutes as well as venture capital funds. In addition, many of the offering institutions recruited full-time people with rich resumes from the worlds of industry and entrepreneurship in order to serve as managers of entrepreneurship centers and even recruited officials who will serve as a bridge to the community and industry.

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