Britain’s Ambassador Matthew Gould held a reception at his residence in Ramat
Gan on Sunday evening for hundreds of Israeli students to present to them
opportunities for studying in the UK.
The initiative came following the
latest QS World University Rankings, released earlier this month, which showed
that four UK universities – the University of Cambridge, University College
London, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford – were ranked in
the global top six.
The University of Edinburgh and King’s College London
were also both placed in the top 20 this year.
In addition, the study
found that graduates from UK universities are among the most employable, with
employers rating five UK universities among the world’s top 10.
night’s event also marked the launch of a new campaign by the British Council in
Israel to “inspire students and young professionals to enrich their education
and advance their careers with a UK qualification.”
“Today we start a
real effort to reach out to Israeli students and help them understand what the
UK has to offer,” Gould told The Jerusalem Post before the event on
“To be honest, in terms of numbers of Israeli students in the UK,
they are not as big as we want them to be,” he added.
“When I look at
potential and then the actual numbers, we are unfortunately nowhere near
Gould explained that in addition to UK universities being
“phenomenal assets for people’s careers,” they can especially interest Israeli
students for various reasons such as the UK being closer to Israel in comparison
to US universities, the English language, and their strength in areas that
particularly interest Israeli, including technology, biotechnology and
engineering, among other fields.
He also pointed out that most British
master’s programs are completed in one year, which can benefit Israeli students
who, because of the mandatory army service, tend to be older than their
According to the council – the United Kingdom’s
international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities
– the UK has hosted some 500,000 international students from about 200 different
countries in the year 2012.
Gould told the Post that besides what UK
education can bring to Israeli students, he believes “Israeli students are
“When UK universities recruit Israelis, they get phenomenally
high quality, determined, experienced, mature and creative students,” he said.
“Israeli students are special because of what they’ve been through before
university, because of the economy they come from and because of the country
they come from.
“As an ambassador, this relationship is incredibly
important to me,” Gould added.
“It is the single best way to create
understanding between the two countries,” he explained. “When I talk to people
in the UK who are friends of Israel and are not Jewish, for most of them the
reason why they even started thinking about Israel was because they knew an
Some 60 Israeli alumni of UK institutions also spoke to
prospective applicants at Sunday’s reception about their experiences of studying
there as well as professional life after their studies.
On its website,
the council’s education organization, Education UK, offers international
applicants help concerning English language programs, UK boarding schools for
children and teenagers, undergraduate and graduate studies in the UK, single
courses applications, as well as information on traveling and student life in
“UK education is all about giving you inspiration to develop your
knowledge and skills, freedom to be creative, and support to help you achieve
your best,” the website advertises.
“UK schools, colleges, universities
and English language centers offer you a world-class education, the chance to
follow your passion for learning and gain qualifications that are respected by
employers and academics worldwide.”
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