Israeli Arabs fighting uphill battle to attend university

October 23, 2012 01:44


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Only about 11 percent of college and university students are Arab, according to the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Given that the Arab population in Israel now stands at more than 20%, that number is indicative of the barriers still holding Israeli Arabs back from gaining the education they seek, and therefore keeping thousands of citizens from integrating into the Israeli workforce.

Recognizing the gaps, the CHE is in midst of a five-year, NIS 300 million plan, begun last year, to make those numbers more reflective of society as a whole and to make higher education accessible to all minorities.

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