WHY STUDY IN ISRAEL Engaging in excellence

Israel takes pride in its world-renowned higher education institutions, Nobel-winning faculty and rigorous programs of study in English

Choosing to study at one of Israel’s universities means choosing academic excellence. Israel has been ranked second in tertiary education attainment by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and its commitment to education is evident in its institutions — several of which have been ranked among the best in the world. It also boasts state-of-the-art facilities where award-winning faculty members conduct cutting-edge research, often resulting in scientific discoveries. Alongside these outstanding achievements,

Israel’s academic environment is both inclusive and engaging, enabling students to take an active role in their own academic experience. Its informal culture and flat hierarchy mean that speaking up and challenging existing perceptions is a key part of the academic experience. “The level of expertise of my professors is

impressive,” says Ana Benitz, who completed her MSc in Environmental Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Agriculture. “Yet, it’s their ‘human contact’ that makes the difference. They’re humble with their knowledge and approachable, sharing what they know, yet listening to our ideas and questions.” Innovation is at the top of its game, too.

Ranked sixth in the world by the Bloomberg Innovation Index, Israel has more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other country in the world; it has even adopted the moniker of ‘start-up nation’. Numerous groundbreaking developments and world-leading companies have their beginnings within Israeli academia, and students here learn with pioneering minds who have propelled the nation to the top of the leader board for entrepreneurship. In recent years, the Israeli Academy has sought

to further integrate this spirit into campus life through the Council for Higher Education’s “New Campus” flagship program. The aim is to spearhead a hands-on approach to education and develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem, enabling students to channel their creativity into projects with a potential for impact. At the core of this initiative are Entrepreneurship and Innovation centers, established in academic institutions across the country, which create ties between industry and academia and provide students with guidance to develop, promote and implement their entrepreneurial ideas. Students with a drive to excel, gain creative and

critical thinking skills and tackle real-world problems should look no further than Israel.

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