The world we live in today, and our understanding that our surroundings are rapidly transforming, have greatly influenced our lives, including trends in the developing academic world.
As part of discussions about how we envision academia, it appears we are witnessing a departure from its traditional role – alongside the imparting of knowledge, applied research and teaching, academia is taking on additional roles such as social and community engagement.
In recent years, we have witnessed the boundaries between institutions and their surroundings becoming increasingly blurred, and therefore find it appropriate to dedicate the October 2021 Newsletter to current connections between academia, community and industry.
The college aims to be an academic anchor and a center for innovation and regional development in the fields of research and entrepreneurship.
In the last few years, the college has implemented strategic processes aimed at adapting to a changing reality – the Campus of Tomorrow project, exposure to internationalization, incorporating digital tools, and establishing the Innovation Center are just a few of the initiatives the college has implemented to advance its strategy.
As part of realizing its vision and goals, a connection to local community and industry are important facets for the college, and we have therefore dedicated resources to developing many and varied initiatives, projects and activities aimed at strengthening and nurturing these connections, as well as projects aimed at developing the “ecosystem”. There is no doubt that these connections contribute greatly to each partner.
This newsletter will touch upon implementation of strategies with an emphasis on existing relationships between academia and industry. In addition, you will read about existing projects with surrounding communities and their interface with industry in Israel and abroad.
Among other activities, you will be fascinated to read about the collaborations developed with industry in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, courses incorporating practice within the curriculum, an interview with the Innovation Authority CEO, the College Career Center, and other fascinating topics.
Wishing you pleasant reading that expands and enriches your horizons.
Prof. Shimon Gepstein
Mr. Miki Lev