The Council for Higher Education recently approved a BA program in Land of
Israel studies at the Lander Institute – Jerusalem Academic Center, which
announced the move on the eve of Independence Day.
The study track, which
will focus on the historical, physical, social, demographic and geopolitical
essences of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, is the first of its kind to be
offered in the capital.
In the past three years, the Lander Institute had
offered the program under the CHE’s temporary approval. After examination of the
study track, the CHE granted the bachelor’s program
According to the institute, the program is designed for
“those who wish to know the region with its problems and complexities and for
lovers of the Land of Israel and Jerusalem who want to make their interest in
the field an academic degree.”
Employment options for graduates of the
program include those in the fields of social and public policy, geography and
Prof. Yossef Shilhav, who built and shaped the program, said
with great satisfaction that the CHE’s recognition of the program reflected its
confidence in the course content, the nature of the studies and the academic
The initiative was “an important milestone in the development of
this curriculum,” Shilhav said.
The program was already seeing
significant demand as classes were held three times a week, and could be
combined with work and other student activities, the institute said.
1,200 Israeli students and 3,500 foreign students study at the Lander Institute.