305,550 students will be studying in Israel’s higher education institutions this year, an increase of 2.3 percent since last year, according to the Council for Higher Education’s statistics released this week.

Students of the 2012-2013 academic year, which starts on Sunday, will study in 67 different academic institutions across the country. This includes seven universities; 37 colleges of which 21 are public and 16 are private; 22 colleges of education and the Open University’s track.

This year also shows a jump in the amount of Haredi students in the academia: 7200 haredi students will study in the 2012-2013 academic year compared to 5968 last year and 4782 in the 2009-2010 cycle.

Out of the 305,550 students who are expected to study this year, half are new and will be just beginning their academic journeys.

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