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One of the country’s largest engineering colleges has been chosen to take part
in a multinational English-language project to develop, modernize and
disseminate new curricula, teaching methods and materials, and boost quality
assurance and management, as part of an EU initiative.
The Sami Shamoon
Academic College of Engineering was selected from 450 applicants to host the
TEMPUS project, which is meant to help students develop the innovative tools
needed to succeed in a world economy defined by globalization. The selection
also includes a grant of €1 million from the EU.
partners will take part in the program, including 11 European academic
institutions and eight governmental agencies and private companies such as Apple
Inc. and SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking).
A number of Israeli
academic institutions will also be partners in the project, including the
Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya; Sapir Academic College, near Sderot; the
Holon Institute of Technology; and the ORT Braude College of Engineering in
Dr. Miri Yemini, head of Sami Shamoon’s entrepreneurship and
innovation center, said she was excited that her school had been chosen to
participate in the program, saying on Sunday that she expected “people to come
from all over Europe to study at the institution. Students from the EU and the
college will come together and study in a real, interactive way, through which
they will develop innovative technologies.”
Yemini, who submitted the
college’s proposal for the project and will serve as its director, said the
TEMPUS program would also bring much-needed benefits to Israel’s
The college’s campuses are in Beersheba and Ashdod.
feel in a national sense that it is important that this sort of funding and
opportunities in Israel are not only based in north Tel Aviv and Herzliya. We
want the whole of Europe to participate in this process of helping socially
excluded populations,” she said.
In a statement issued earlier this week,
the college’s president, Prof. Jehuda Haddad, said, “The seeds of innovation
that have been sown at SCE [the Shamoon College of Engineering] and the
application of the program developed here will bear fruit throughout Europe. We
are proud to be part of the TEMPUS project and will continue to train tomorrow’s
leaders in technology.”