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Dr. Niva Dolev, Former- Head of Department, Education and Community

Among the core courses in the Department of Education and Community is relevance and connection with the region and community. Intended to provide graduates with skills, tools and experience through hands-on work, and to provide future employment opportunities, and as a contribution and commitment to surrounding communities as well as to promoting our educational and social values.

Among other activities, the department collaborates with the Adler Institute by providing a certificate to students who complete the group facilitation course, with Matzmichim – The Israeli Violence Reduction Organization to promote joint social processes for the prevention of bullying, and to teach skills for guiding social processes, and with Krembo Wings to create awareness of inclusion and mutual appreciation of children and adults with special needs. To gain practical experience for students (practicum), we established connections within the field of education and community, to provide them with experience and future employment opportunities.

In addition, the department leads a collaborative project for advancing 21st century skills with the Ofek Association for a meaningful national service, where volunteers complete a full course in the department, and with the Netaim Association in the North for meaningful work in education and agriculture, where youth learn through a series of lectures. The department also collaborates on short-term projects, lectures and workshops that benefit the community including emergency team coordinators, parent patrol, teachers, service, at-risk youth counselors, and more.

Dr. Reuven Gafni, Head of Department, Land of Israel Studies and Prof. Haim Ben-David, Head of Program, M.A. in Land of Israel Studies

The Department of Land of Israel Studies maintains a connection with a number of prominent professionals and with relevant organizations in the fields of environment, guidance, nature conservation, and the preservation of Israel’s historical heritage. For example, for many years, the department has sustained a close connection with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. As a result of this connection, many authority employees complete their academic studies (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees) in our department and every year, students and alumni begin working in various positions in the Nature and Parks Authority, in the north as well as all over the country.

 

In addition, during the 2021-2022 academic year, for the very first time, we will launch (as part of one of our courses) a conservation-study project at Tel Beit Yerach, which will be carried out jointly and in coordination with the Jordan Valley Regional Council and with the Israel Antiquities Authority Conservation Division. This project will expose course participants to the field of practical and professional preservation, and will introduce them to professionals working in the field as well as to various challenges.

 

Other professional organizations with whom we maintain contact are Green Horizons in memory of Uri Maimon, Ministry of Tourism, The Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites and more.

 

Dr. Hila Zaban, Head of Department, Tourism and Hotel Management, B.A.

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The Department of Tourism and Hotel Management focuses on connections with the tourism industry and connecting its students to the industry – in the northern region and beyond. Because our students are required to complete a practical internship throughout their years of study, we have “Succession Planning” projects and / or close working relationship with Fattal Hotels Ltd., Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Isrotel, Dan, Setai, Amsalem Tours, and Nir David Tours. The department coordinator and lecturers frequently receive job openings for our students and alumni from many industry stakeholders. This past June, we held a spotlight event where representatives from hotels from the Tiberias and Sea of Galilee area (Setai, Sofia, and Galei Kinneret) came to talk to students about their organizations in order to recruit them for employment.

During a student’s first year, and as part of a preparatory workshop for practical internships, students are exposed to key organizations in industry, mainly from the north, in order to understand the different aspects within the industry, and to learn about opportunities for practical internships during their second and third year. As part of the “Talking about Tourism Forum”, which meets 3-4 times a year, they are introduced to senior executives from the tourism industry, and hear from them about employment. Also, as part of guest lectures and tours in various courses throughout the program, they are exposed to tourism organizations, tourism professionals and managers at leading tourism sites in Israel. We are also proud to share that during the 2021-2022 academic year, outgoing Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Amir Halevi, will teach an advanced course in tourism planning and development in our department.

 

Attached are photos from our spotlight event for hotels that took place in June, and a tour during Dr. Alon Gelbman’s course in Nazareth, where students met with tourism entrepreneur Maoz Yinon.

 

Prof. Hezi Israeli, Head of Program, M.A. in Tourism and Hotel Management

The M.A. program is an international English program, encompassing internationalism. The program focuses on strategic tourism and hotel management, in a global environment full of relentless competition, at times accompanied by crises, and in periods of uncertainty. The fourth cycle opened in October. Students studying in the program have come from many different countries, and study alongside Israeli students. Thus far, students have come from the United States, England, Switzerland, Nepal, Russia, China, Hong Kong and Cameroon.

Naturally, because the program is in English, we have been able to develop academic collaborations with other graduate programs around the world that also teach in English. To date, memorandums of understanding (MOU) have been signed with universities in Milan, Prague, and Hanoi. The purpose of these collaborations is to establish student and faculty exchanges, and to recruit students to the college from those institutions that teach a Bachelor’s degree in English, but whose master’s degree is in a local language or does not exist. There is great potential.

Dr. Yariv Itzkovitch, Head of Department, Human Resources Management

The Human Resource Management Department program integrates practice throughout the academic years, beginning on day one. Practical experience is acquired through unique courses such as Management Skills A and Management Skills B, in which students acquire practical tools they will utilize in future employment. Students acquire additional skills through two weeks of workshops during each academic year, and also through a two-stage practicum in which students gain skills they need in diverse organizations. In this framework, over the years, students have gained practical experience in schools, kindergartens and area councils, but also in private organizations such as hotels, nursing homes and diverse industrial organizations.

In addition, the department is developing academic collaborations, and beginning next year, students will take part in an interdisciplinary practicum, where they will work in teams that will also include students from other institutions and other fields to collaborate on a joint project.

Since its establishment, the department has also collaborated with the Central Association for Human Resource Management. Students are exposed to many and varied organizations in the labor market and projects that these same organizations lead and present every year. Partnership with the association is also reflected in the fact that the curriculum was recognized by the association, and has even won a commendation mark for its groundbreaking practice. Our close relationship with the association offers students the opportunity to take part in the association’s annual conference held in Kfar Saba. This partnership is unique. Our students are the only students who come to the association’s conferences. After graduation, students become members of the association.

Beginning next year, students will partake in the Association for the Prevention of Abuse at Work activities. The association, which aims to eradicate the phenomenon of abuse in the workplace, consists of leading experts such as former Labor Court President Judge Dita Prozhinin, Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Adv. Naomi Landau, and other leading professionals and researchers.

Dr. Giora Goodman, Head of Department, Multidisciplinary Studies

An important aspect in the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies curriculum are tours and activities that take place within the community. They enable student development, enrichment and exposure to various sites, organizations and professionals, and of course also contribute to the community. During the pandemic, students experienced many challenges; however, despite the complexity over the past year, various activities within the community continued as much as possible

As part of the Criminology Division led by Dr. Limor Golan, students learn about various organizations in the community, such as: “Elem” – a youth in distress center assisting victims of sexual assault, “Beit Rut” – a center for at-risk girls, and “Beit Lin” – a shelter and assistance center for members of the Arab society. Students visit these organizations, and meet with key members who take part in courses as guest lecturers at the college. Additionally, students meet with CEOs at organizations with potential for future employment and integration, such as the prison service.

As part of Dr. Ziv Ardi’s the “Beneficial Effects of Volunteering” seminar, students volunteer at Padeh-Poria Hospital. As part of this course, students volunteer at the hospital, and become integral members of staff in the Emergency Medicine Department (emergency room). They experience behind the scenes emergency medicine, and implement the visitor escort protocol in order to improve satisfaction and reduce stress they may suffer when they arrive at the ward. Through this experience, students learn to understand the process of admission, screening, and treatment of patients.

 

Dr. Idit Manosevitch, Head of Department, Communication

Students who study in the Department of Communication gain knowledge, tools and skills for working in the communication industry. As part of our teaching process, we consider it essential to combine media activities with a tangible contribution to community and society. For example, in the “Design Thinking” course, Prof. Didi Lin led a collaboration with Tabor Winery. Students visited the winery and used what they had learned about typography, composition, color and branding to design a label for a special wine bottle that will be released in a limited series during their 120th anniversary celebrations in Kfar Tavor. Representatives from the winery and the beverage company participated in the final submission. It offered students the opportunity to learn about working in the “real world” in the field of design and branding, while at the same time connecting to the region through history and culture.

Students in the departments’ radio station, Kol Kinneret FM106, study producing and broadcasting radio programs throughout the year. Along with Kinneret’s radio program “Kinneret Communicates”, about current events and with a wide range of interviewees from the college and the region throughout the year, this past year students broadcasted programs called “Rock in a Puddle”, “Voice on the Road” and “Latin Music Program”.

Looking towards the 2021-2022 academic year, as part of a final project, students in a multi-channel marketing track, taught by Dr. Gitit Bar-On, will collaborate with the non-profit Jordan River Village. Students will work with the organization’s marketing and advertising department to plan and implement two cross-media campaigns in a variety of formats and channels geared towards a variety of audiences – a campaign called the “Spheres of Benefit for Jordan River Village” and the “Jordan River Village Celebrates a Decade” campaign.

 

Dr. Riki Galia, Former Head of Department, Behavioral Sciences

The curriculum in the Department of Behavioral Sciences is based on our faculty’s areas of specialization and directly links both the academic world and the transforming world of employment. The program includes three specialization divisions that award students certification certificates: Applied Positive Psychology Division with an emphasis on mindfulness (MBSR approach), Decision Making and Mediation Division, and an Applied Organizational Sociology Division. Along with the department’s general curriculum, which optimally prepares students for graduate degrees in behavioral sciences, internships in the divisions bridge the connection between the academic world and the world of employment.

Each division offers a practical experience course, a course providing students with an opportunity to gain practical experience within educational-therapeutic frameworks and various organizations, as well as an opportunity for professional and academic mentoring connecting them to meaningful learning within concrete academic research. In addition, various courses include expert guest lectures, tours and travel to academic and professional conferences with the aim of expanding on material studied in the program and connection to the field.

Prof. Amos Rolider, Head of M.A. Program, Behavioral Analysis

Despite the complexity and challenges that distance learning created, 44 students successfully completed their first year in the Behavior Analysis M.A. program, and an additional 46 students are expected to begin their studies during the current academic year. The aim of our program is to impart knowledge, tools and skills at the research and practical level in the field of behavior analysis. Another goal is to offer a comprehensive curriculum that meets current standards in the United States and around the world. The tools gained in the program enable graduates to continue their research work as part of their PhD studies at research universities around the world. At the clinical level, the program prepares students to perform unique diagnostic practices for developing a therapeutic intervention program in a wide range of areas and treatment environments, both for populations with special needs such as autism – ASD; behavioral disorders – ODD, CD; ADHD / ADD, and for populations with normal development who have challenges with social-behavioral adjustment within school and kindergarten environments, parent training, and more.

Faculty members actively work to establish professional connections for M.A. graduates to continue to develop and maintain contacts with leading programs at US universities in order to create opportunities for continued scientific development in postgraduate Ph.D. programs in behavioral analysis, to continue their studies after completing the M.A. program at Kinneret. Faculty of the program considers a postgraduate training track a necessity for further development in the field in Israel in order to train Israeli researchers, and build a strong local reserve in the field.

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