The Council for Higher Education in Israel (CHE) has officially launched Study in Israel to double the number of foreign students enrolled in the country’s colleges and universities, initially targeting students in North America, China and India.
Presently, 12,000 foreign students currently study in Israel.
The Study in Israel initiative touts high Israeli academic standards and distinctive, engaged approach to education with the theme “Engage in Excellence”.
The initiative’s website highlights the country’s innovative academic and research landscape as part of “The Start-up Nation” as well as pointing to Israel’s competitive tuition costs.
Study in Israel attractive to foreign students
In the latest rankings by PitchBook, four Israeli universities were ranked among the top 50 undergraduate programmes globally that produce the most venture capital-backed entrepreneurs.
Study in Israel also underscores that Israeli universities and colleges offer dozens of short-term study programmes, in addition to full degrees and research opportunities, taught in English.
The initiative is aimed at students worldwide, though the initial launch will take place in North America, China and India.
Professor Yaffa Zilbershats, chair of the CHE’s Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC), said: “We have committed to making Israel a brain gain country for excellent students and researchers from around the world – North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
“With this new campaign, Israel is now more attractive than ever for students from around the globe in years to come.”
Study in Israel funding allocated to develop international degree programmes
CHE has also authorised 26 new international degree programmes recently across a range of fields in which Israel is globally recognised.
These include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jewish Studies, Middle Easter Studies, Agriculture, Urban Studies, Environmental Studies and Design.
Further funding has also been earmarked by the CHE for its public higher education institutions to bolster marketing and recruitment efforts, create new courses delivered in English and develop international student services.
The Council is also financing and managing a number of fellowship programmes for international students and post-doctorate researchers.
The Study in Israel initiative marks the latest effort by the CHE to promote internationalisation in the Israeli higher education system and attract international students.
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