The Technion is expected to inaugurate its new engineering and science program in the Russian language in an official ceremony on Tuesday.The institution had announced the launch of the initiative last January. During their first year, participating students will study entirely in Russian but will also be required to take an intensive Hebrew course. In their second year, they will start integrating the regular Technion tracks and study in Hebrew.The program, which is based on a similar existing English study track, is designed to attract outstanding high school graduates from the Former Soviet Union to study in Israel. For this purpose, the Technion partnered with Nativ, a network of Israeli cultural centers worldwide.
The project is also supported by MASA, a joint initiative of the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency which allows young Diaspora Jews to experience Israel. -Some 22 students from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, between the ages of 18 and 25, are enrolled in the first year of the program.Head of the Technion International School Arnon Bentur said that "one of the primary goals of the program is to encourage students who made aliyah to integrate the Technion as regular students.”Bentur explained that participating students will be eligible to receive full funding of their studies at the Technion from the Ministry of Absorption.