MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah) established a new committee on Tuesday to examine how to make the humanities more attractive to prospective students.
The committee was established during a meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee on the "collapse" of the humanities field in higher education institutions in Israel. The panel discussion was initiated by MK Gafni, MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid) and MK Gila Gamliel (Likud).
Gafni appointed Prof. Gabriel Motzkin, head of the Van Leer Institute to head the committee, which will be comprised of representatives of the Council for Higher Education, the Education Ministry, the Israel Academiy of Sciences and Humanities, and representatives from academic colleges and the Ministry of Science and Technology. The committee is set to present recommendations within three months’ time.
“We have become a materialistic society. Students go to learn business administration rather than the humanities. There is no 'balance of the soul' among youth to learn things that are beyond being an attorney or a high tech employee,” said MK Gafni.
MK Gamliel proposed that universities should offer free tuition to students wishing to study humanities in an effort to recruit students to the field.