Introducing the University of Ariel

19 07 2012

Ariel University – Picture taken from Wikipedia

When I moved to Ariel almost 4 years ago, there was confusion as to what to the call the University in Ariel. Was it a Michlala, (which a lower level college) or a University Center (Which I guess is one step higher). The reason for all the confusion was the School had applied to become a full University a number of years ago, and they were on a probationary University Center status. In the past few months there has been some controversy and news in around Ariel as the temporary status expired.

The other 7 Israeli Universities were against granting the Ariel U full status, whether politically motivated or financially motivated (they didn’t want the money pie cut an 8th way) it seemed like the school wasn’t going to be granted full University status.

But that all changed this week, there was another vote and this time it passed. You can read more about it here or on their Wikipedia page.

The University of Ariel (I honestly don’t know if that’s what it’s called) is officially the 8th University in Israel.

This is viewed as a big plus for the City of Ariel, which now not only has the Cultural Center, country club, promise of a new mall and several new building projects, but now can add a University to her profile. Hopefully this will attract young families who are either getting their first or second degrees at The U (I’m trying out different nicknames here), and want to live close by.

I’d also like to wish a Mazal Tov to Yael Maizels, the Rebbetzin of Ohel Efraim, who just got her Doctorate from Ariel U this week in Biology, she lectures there as well.  Her new official title is Rebbetzin Dr. Yael Maizels Ph.D.




2 responses

20 07 2012
Kehillat Ohel Efraim

Shauli, thanks so much for the shout out but just for the record the PhD was granted by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (started long before I moved to Ariel), but I do lecture in Ariel! I think Ariel being granted University status is a huge plus for the city!!

20 07 2012

Thanks for the correction, I must have misread your Facebook update. Now that I think about it, I know that you went to Hebrew U

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