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ORT’s innovative programs and quality instruction in science,
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Bold Ambition And Strategic Change At Bar Ilan University
he hopes to accomplish
the Impact
Centers –
today ranks
the world’s
top 500 respectively
the heritages
of Jerusalem
universities, and in some areas of academic which he initiated and launched in his previous position
products of the twin hemispheres of the human brain, must now join
performance it numbers among the leading 400. The as Vice President for Research. The Impact Centers
been entrusted
our safekeeping."
an innovativetoapproach
to academic inquiry
new BIUtogether
President, to
Arie Zaban,
now setting
research.” Zaban
even more ambitious goal: to become one of the 250
- Rabbi Jonathan
explains that “the emphasis in these
best institutions
of higher learning
centers is on the universal challenge
around the globe. “We have the
that needs to be confronted in
right people and capabilities to
general and the specific application
climb upward toward the highest
of that challenge here in Israel.” These BIU Impact
academic echelons, while advancing research and Centers bring together researchers and students from
teaching – for the benefit of the State of Israel, its different academic disciplines to solve these complex
citizens and humanity as a whole.”
problems, and will contribute significantly to generating
major change in our world. “The impact may be
The pursuit of excellence and academic achievement
social, economic, political, technological, medical and
is only part of Prof. Zaban’s vision for the future. Of even cultural.”
prime importance is Bar-Ilan’s capacity, as an academic
institution, to make a significant impact on our lives. This
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AMIT Named
No. 1 Educational Network in Israel
AMIT was recently named Israel’s No. 1 educational network, according to rankings published by the Education Ministry.
In naming AMIT the country’s highest achieving educational network, the ministry cited its bagrut (high school matriculation) rate,
as well as the number of students learning math and English at the highest levels.
AMIT’s ranking as the top educational network in the country reflects its innovative method of education, which focuses
on a holistic approach that encourages principals, teachers, and students to realize their full potential personally and academically.
In recent years, AMIT has adopted a radically new approach that aims to prepare students for the 21st century by focusing
on STEM education, and by creating learning communities in which the old way of teaching is left in the dustbin. Its goal is to
produce graduates who are critical and creative thinkers who know how to problem-solve and work both independently and as
part of a team.
“We want to change the outlook on education to one that suits the 21st century, and to transform schools into educational
communities that develop mature, empowered, creative, and entrepreneurial students,” said Dr. Amnon Eldar, AMIT’s director
general. AMIT enables Israel’s youth to realize their potential and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children
from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, Jewish values and Zionist ideals. Founded in 1925, AMIT
operates 110 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences and other programs in 32 cities. www.amitchildren.org
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