The History of the College

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The History of the College

The 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 lofty annals of local history.

Against a backdrop of a pioneering spirit, which forges pathways in the valley, there is an institution of higher education which 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 the whole of humankind, the college takes its place in forging unique, innovative and practical degree study track, 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 offers 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, on bagrut (high school matriculation) mechinot, dedicated mechinot for engineering, and social sciences and humanities studies, and a 30+ mechina.
  • In 1987 the diploma studies unit was established. Today around 1,000 students study at the unit each year, on 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 students.
  • In 2001 approval was granted by the CHE and the 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 the 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 of Israeli President 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 youth a year attend the center’s excellence programs.
  • In 2014 the Department of Education and Community was established.

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 sq.m. and contains 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 sq.m. 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 sq.m. and houses over 125,000 titles. The building also operates 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 3 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 are due to be opened – 3 buildings with 249 beds.
  • ; In August 2015 the Land of Israel Studies Center is due to be opened as part of the South Campus. The center will contain classrooms, offices and lecturers’ rooms for the Land of Israel Studies Department.

In 2015 the college is marking its jubilee. During these 50 years we have invested great effort in the college’s physical and academic development. Today there are 9 independent undergraduates degree programs (B.A.) and an engineering degree (B.Sc.) at the college. The college campus has 6 fixed buildings and is located on both sides of Route 92. Everyday around 4,000 students attend the campus, including academy studies students, practical engineering students, gifted and outstanding high school students, students at the youth excellence center, and those take diploma studies and on mechina programs.

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