Council denies Lapid doctorate program

January 31, 2012 23:33

The Council for Higher Education on Tuesday ruled that journalist-turned-politician Yair Lapid must complete a bachelor's degree before he is allowed to seek a doctorate. Lapid became the center of a controversy after it was revealed he was accepted to a doctoral program at Bar-Ilan University despite not having completed a bachelor's degree or even his high school matriculation exam.

In their ruling, the council noted the problematic nature of accepting students without a bachelor's to doctoral programs. It ordered the practice stopped in a decision that applied to all applications at Israeli universities.

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