Universities to grant credits for reserve duty

University students who serve long stretches in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves will be eligible to receive two academic credits, the Association of University Heads in Israel announced last week, writes Lidar Gravé-Lazi for The Jerusalem Post.

The leading research universities adopted the decision in collaboration with Education Minister and Council for Higher Education (CHE) Chairman Naftali Bennett, the CHE and the National Union of Israeli Students.

University presidents established an internal mechanism to grant two academic credits towards undergraduate degrees for students who serve a minimum of 18 days in reserve duty or in social initiatives per year. The universities turned to the heads of academic colleges in the hope they would also adopt this as policy. However, due to a lack of a consensus, the academic colleges did not adopt the initiative.
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