The History of the College

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The History of the College

Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee made its home on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with the view of the sea and the mountains, in the cradle of the long history hewn into the stone, the vegetation and the proud annals of local history.

Against a backdrop of a pioneering spirit, which forged pathways in the valley, this institution of higher education is dedicated to nurturing excellence, providing a solution for the needs of society, and providing quality service to anyone who enters its gates.

At the birthplace of the first kibbutz, and at the meeting point of religions, cultures and philosophies, whose influence embraces all of humankind, the college takes its place in forging unique, innovative and practical degree study tracks, inspired by its natural and social environment.

Milestones in the college’s history:

  • The regional Jordan Valley College was founded in 1965 as an educational institution that offered post-high school studies to residents of the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee perimeter.
  • In 1968, the first academic program was established as a branch of Bar Ilan University.
  • In 1972, the Jordan Valley College academic program was recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHE).
  • In 1983, the pre-academic mechinot programs were started. Today, some 360 students attend mechinot each year - bagrut (high school matriculation) mechinot, dedicated mechinot for engineering, and social sciences and humanities studies, and a 30+ program.
  • In 1987, the diploma studies unit was established. Today around 1,000 students study at the unit each year, in over 50 courses and advanced training programs.
  • In 1993, full Bar Ilan University bachelor’s degree academic programs were established.
  • In 1998, the school for gifted and outstanding students was opened, which is now attended by about 280 4th-9th grade kids.
  • In 2001, approval was granted by the CHE and its Budgeting Committee for the establishment of the Jordan Valley College NPO, under the auspices of Bar Ilan University.
  • In 2004, the college received a permit from the CHE to establish an institution of higher education, and to register students for independent tracks.
  • In 2004, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics Studies was opened.
  • In 2005, the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management studies was opened.
  • In 2006, the Jordan Valley College changed its name to Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
  • In 2006, the Department of Information Systems Engineering was established.
  • In 2008, the Department of Quality and Reliability Engineering in Electronics Industries was established.
  • In 2009, the Department of Media Studies was established.
  • In 2010, the Department of Software Engineering was established.
  • In 2010, the Department of Water Industries Engineering was established.
  • In 2011, the college was recognized by the CHE, and by the Government of Israel, as an institution of higher education, and received a certificate of recognition from the President of Israel, Shimon Peres.
  • In 2011, the Department of Behavioral Sciences was established.
  • In 2011, the Department of Land of Israel Studies was established.
  • In 2012, the Youth Excellence Center was opened. Today over 100 youths a year attend the center’s excellence programs.
  • In 2014, the Department of Education and Community was established.
  • In 2016, the Interdisciplinary Studies BA in Social Sciences and Humanities was established.
  • In 2017, the department for Human Resource Management was established.
  • In 2018, the M.A. in Land of Israel Studies was approved.
  • In 2018, the M.A. in Tourism and Hotel Management was approved.
  • Physical Development

    • In 1974, the Max Alperin Building was officially opened. This is the first building of the college that was not a prefabricated structure. Initially, there were two floors, and a third was added 16 years later. The building has a total floor space of 3,000 square meters and houses classrooms, offices, a radio studio, and a large auditorium (250 seats).
    • In 1998, the Harry Triguboff Science and Technology Center was officially opened. The building has a total floor space of over 4,000 square meters and contains: classrooms, computer laboratories, electronics laboratories, and science laboratories. The building also incorporates the college’s administrative offices.
    • In 2010, the Robert and Yadelle Sklare Family Library was officially opened. The building has a total floor space of 3,900 square meters, and houses over 125,000 titles. The building also operates as a regional library for the welfare of local residents.
    • In 2012, the Achi Racov School of Engineering was officially opened. The building has four floors and contains classrooms, computer laboratories, an interactive classroom, staff rooms, and the office of the Dean of the School of Engineering.
    • During 2011-2012, three water industries engineering laboratories were built and opened – a chemistry and microbiology laboratory, a fluids and hydraulics mechina laboratory, and a laboratory for water and sewage treatment.
    • In August 2015, the college’s student dormitories were officially opened – three buildings with 249 beds.
    • In August 2015, the Land of Israel Studies Center was officially opened as part of the South Campus. The center includes classrooms, offices and lecturers’ rooms for the Land of Israel Studies Department.

    The college celebrated its jubilee in 2015. During these 50 years we have invested great efforts in the college’s physical and academic development. Today we boast 14 independent undergraduate degree programs (B.A.), master’s degree (M.A.) programs, and an engineering degree (B.Sc.).

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