Open University of Israel
Open University of Israel האוניברסיטה הפתוחה Established 1974 Type Distance education, Public Chancellor The Rt. Hon. Lord Woolf President Hagit Messer Yaron Vice-Chancellor Abraham Ginzburg Principal David Klibanski Vice-Presidents Ora Limor Location Ra'anana, Israel Website www.openu.ac.il
The Open University of Israel has more students than any other academic institution in Israel. The administration is based in the city of Ra'anana. Students from all over the world attend the university. The university awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The Open University of Israel was planned in 1971, modeled after the UK's Open University. The first semester of studies commenced on October 17, 1976. In 1980, the Open University was officially recognized as an institute of higher education in Israel, and was granted the right to award bachelor's degrees (BA). In 1982, 41 graduates received BA diplomas in the university's first diploma ceremony.
In 1987, it had 11,000 students and 180 courses. In 1993, it had 20,000 students, 300 courses, and 405 new graduates. In 2002, it had 36,710 students enrolled. Up to 2003, more than 13,000 people graduated the university with a degree. In 1996, the university started a master's degree program.
In 2010, the Open University began offering online courses taught in Russian. Students may enroll for 24 courses, most of them with Israeli or Jewish content. Examinations will be held at Israeli consulates and Jewish Agency offices around the world.
The Open University is open to anyone who wishes to study towards a bachelor's degree, without any prerequisites or screening process. However, the Open University still has high standards and demands academic achievements from its graduates. Another way in which the Open University is open is in the study path it offers to its students. When enrolling in the university, the student does not need to decide the primary focus of his or her degree, nor to determine in advance the pace of the degree (how many years the studies will take). In fact, it is possible to take only a single course or several courses without receiving a degree, or to take several courses per semester, until finally enough courses relevant to a certain academic area have been taken to be eligible for a degree.
To achieve these goals, the Open University employs distance education. The university has no single central campus, or rigid schedules, making it especially well-suited to those who are preoccupied with a job, army service, or their family.
The most important aspect of studying in the Open University is self-study from books. Each of the university's courses has a specially-prepared book with the course material and exercises, from which the students study on their own. The Open University's books and teaching aids have become quite popular in Israel's other universities and colleges as well.
To supplement the self-study, there are occasional group meetings, where the students can ask the teacher questions about the material, and talk to other students who take the same course. These meetings take place throughout Israel, and are optional to attend. The students can also use the university's Internet site ("TELEM") to communicate with the teachers or with other students. Some courses also feature video cassettes, multimedia CDs, and other audio-visual aids. Recently, video-conferencing technology has also enabled viewing a real-time lecture without the students all coming to a single campus. For each course, students must complete several required assignments, and take a final exam. To obtain a degree, students must participate in one or more seminar courses, depending on the academic program. The examination of seminar papers is carried out by academic staff members of Israel's universities.
The Open University also has master's degree programs for some of the areas it teaches, but they are not open to everyone and do have acceptance criteria. At present, the university does not offer doctoral programs.
Affiliation with other universities
The Open University, together with the other Israeli universities, has reached agreements that enable students to begin their undergraduate studies within the flexible framework of the Open University and after taking a cluster of courses, decide whether they would like to complete their degree at the Open University, or transfer to another institution. The courses studied at the Open University will shorten the duration of degree studies at the other academic institution.
Since 2007, the transfer options are available to:
- Tel Aviv University: Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Social Sciences (School of Economics); Faculty of Engineering
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Economics, Department of Sociology and Anthropology); Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences in Rehovot; Computer Science Department.
- University of Haifa: Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Economics)
- Ben Gurion University of the Negev: The Faculty of Engineering Sciences (Computer Science); The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Department of Economics, Department of Behavioral Sciences).
- Bar-Ilan University: Faculty of Social Sciences (Department of Economics)
- The Technion: 14 faculties
- List of universities in Israel
- ^ Dattel, Lior (April 2, 2008). "Open University pioneering courses for overseas Russians, by Internet". Haaretz. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/open-university-pioneering-courses-for-overseas-russians-by-internet-1.310269. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
- ^ "Requirements for all Bachelor's degrees". E.openu.ac.il. http://www-e.openu.ac.il/academic/234.html. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
- Open University of Israel Web site
Universities in Israel
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