Cuts to Israeli higher education put academic institutions’ futures at risk

money40Academic leaders in Israel have warned about the impact on higher education of continued budget cuts to the sector.

The latest round of cuts will see NIS 100 million being lost for the coming year – and then NIS 500 million over the course of the next five years.

The Israeli government has previously lamented the fact that the young people who have studied and qualified in Israel, then leave the country to take up opportunities abroad.

Professor Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and head of the Association of University Heads in Israel (VERA), said: “If the planned cuts actually take place, it will call into question our ability to open the upcoming academic year,” he stated.

Read more here from Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Budget-cuts-to-higher-education-sabotaging-Israels-existential-strategic-asset-463649

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