No university status for Ariel

The Council for Higher Education’s planning and budgetary committee has recommended against giving university status to Ariel University Center (AUC), casting serious doubt on the institution’s quest to become Israel’s eighth university, writes Ben Hartman for The 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”.
Full report on The Jerusalem Post site