Council denies Lapid doctoral acceptance

Israeli students will no longer be allowed to complete master's, doctoral programs without first a bachelor's.

Yair Lapid 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Yair Lapid 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
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.
Additionally, the decision means that all current master's and doctoral students who have not completed a bachelor's will have to do so before receiving the more advanced degree. It also said it would appoint a monitoring mechanism to ensure the decision was enforced.
Responding to the decision, Lapid wrote on his Facebook page, "Think about [the fact that] the worst thing these brigades of investigators could find on me is that I want to study."
"I am really not worked up about this," he added, "The only reason that I went to study is because I love learning."
Lapid claimed that the only reason he was accepted into the doctoral program was his high grades. "I really do not care if I [am awarded] a degree or not."