No university status for ArielThe Jerusalem Post.
The council will hold a comprehensive examination on the matter in 2013 and will make a final decision on the matter. Five of the council’s seven members supported the recommendation last Wednesday, while one opposed and one abstained. Alex Miller, the head of a Knesset faction devoted to making AUC a university, called the recommendation “a disgraceful decision”, which he chalked up to the committee members’ “surrender to narrow political interests”.
Last week’s recommendation came a week after the presidents of all seven Israeli universities wrote a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in which they said the declaration of Ariel University Center as a university would “deal a mortal blow to the higher education system in Israel”.
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