The Israel Lands Authority and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality have recently
signed an agreement to build an academic campus in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood
in the south of the city.
The planned campus will host the Afeka College
of Engineering, which is today located in the Neot Afeka neighborhood in the
northern part of the city and will move upon completion of the facilities in the
next few years.
The 11 hectares allocated for the construction of the
campus will allow two academic buildings of five floors each, a large public
space as well as students’ dormitories.
The project is expected to be
able to host some 5,000 students.
According to the municipality, the area
in which the campus will be established is designed to function as a
metropolitan public center, which already hosts several high schools and
Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement
this week that the transfer of the Afeka college and the establishment of the
campus is “another step” in the municipality’s efforts to renew and develop the
southern part of the city.
In recent years, it has invested in renewing
local infrastructure – such as the local parks and the Nokia Arena – and
establishing a community center to support the many young families moving to the
Deputy Mayor Arnon Giladi said that he is “delighted that after
several years of work, we can finally advance the transfer of Afeka College to
the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood” and added that the move plays a part in the fair
distribution of academic institutions in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
“I am confident
that the college will contribute to and improve the area,” he said.
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