Science body criticises Ariel university decision

Israel’s National Academy of Sciences has decried the recent decision by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria to recognise the Ariel University Center as a full-fledged university, writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich for The Jerusalem Post.

The council held a special session to discuss the decision, which it said was taken without a “fundamental and in-depth international examination” of the proposal to establish an eighth Israeli university. The academy said it regarded the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria’s decision as “serious”, since it contradicted a decision made a few weeks ago by the Council for Higher Education’s planning and budgeting committee – as well as the heads of the existing seven universities, who oppose such a move.

“It was blatant government interference in the system of higher education whose independence we are bound to protect.”
Full report on The Jerusalem Post site