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The Open University Israel Info

The Open University of Israel (Hebrew: האוניברסיטה הפתוחה‎, Ha-Universita ha-Ptuha) is a distance-education university in Israel. Its administration center is located in the city of Ra’anana. As of 2006, the Open University had taught around 39,000 students.

The university has more students than any other academic institution in Israel, coming from all over the world. The university is accredited to award undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

The Open University of Israel was conceived in 1971 and founded in 1974, modeled after the UK’s Open University. The first semester of studies commenced on October 17, 1976. In 1980, the Open University was officially recognized as an institute of higher learning in Israel, and was accredited to award undergraduate or bachelor’s degrees (BA). In 1982, 41 graduates were awarded BA diplomas at the university’s first diploma ceremony.

By 1987, the university had 11,000 students and offered 180 courses. The university grew rapidly and by 1993, it had 20,000 students and 300 courses, and 405 new graduates. Then, in 1996, the university launched its postgraduate program offering courses towards a master’s degree (MA). By 2002, the university had grown to 36,710 enrolled students and by 2003, more than 13,000 people had graduated the university with an academic degree.

In 2010, the Open University began offering online courses taught in Russian. Students could enroll worldwide for 24 courses, most of them with Israeli or Jewish content. According to the online program, examinations can be held at Israeli consulates and Jewish Agency offices around the world.

The Open University has no admissions requirements:

Students� scholastic capabilities are not measured against certificates or diplomas attesting to prior studies, nor on the results of psychometric tests or other criteria. The abilities of every individual who studies at the Open University are evaluated solely on the basis of proven achievements in courses studied at the OUI.

You do not have to attend lectures at the Open University:

The Open University comes to students wherever they may be. As a substitute for regular lectures in other academic frameworks, the OUI provides written materials tailored for self-study developed by teams comprised of senior faculty members from the OUI and other universities, teaching experts, editors and graphic designers.

Before the beginning of each semester, textbooks, readers and learning aids are mailed to students. The written material comes with clear and detailed instructions concerning the recommended method of study as well as the expected rate of progress.

The OUI offers students a comprehensive study scheme aimed at easing the self-study process, making studying a pleasant experience and providing feedback. This scheme includes tutorial sessions (only in Israel), assignments (submitted to the OUI and returned with comprehensive feedback) and a computerized teaching system based on course websites that provide a virtual campus with a library, and access to faculty and peers with whom students can maintain on-going contact. Final exams are held throughout the country at the end of each semester; students abroad are tested at Israeli consulates and embassies near their residence.

About 38,000 students from throughout the country and hundreds of Hebrew-speaking students worldwide � from the US, Europe, the Far East, Africa and Australia � study at the Open University towards undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and for personal enrichment.

The Open University offers more than 40 undergraduate programs of study in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (see the list of undergraduate degrees here). The list of programs is continuously being expanded.

Graduate degree programs currently offered include an M.Sc. in Computer Science, an M.A. in Democracy Studies (Interdisciplinary), an M.A. in Cultural Studies, an M.A. in Biological Thought, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an M.A. in Education in two tracks � �Learning Technologies� and �Learning Systems�. The following graduate programs are offered to students abroad: the MBA, the M.Sc. in Computer Science, and the M.A. in Democracy Studies.

All Open University degrees are accredited by the Council of Higher Education in Israel.


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