Bill aims to allow government to declare Ariel a university

July 5, 2012 17:27

The Ariel University Center could appeal to the government to reverse the Council for Higher Education's recommendation to deny the institution university status, should a bill obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday pass.

The legislation, which MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) proposed this week, would allow Wednesday's recommendation by the council's planning and budgetary to be reversed, in that Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar or AUC itself could appeal the decision. The government could then discuss the matter and decide whether to recognize the institution as a university or not.The bill's explanatory section states that the government must authorize the Council for Higher Education's decisions, including the authorization or rejection of new universities. As such, Miller, a resident of Ariel, wrote that the government should be able to reverse the council's policies after hearing both sides of the issue.

Miller, who also founded a Knesset caucus devoted to making AUC a university, called the recommendation a "first-class scandal," and accused authorize the Council for Higher Education of putting politics before academics.

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