President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin spoke today on Tuesday, November 6 / 28. Cheshvan at the seventh conference on higher education, held this year on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Council for Higher Education and the 70th anniversary of the independence of Israel. The Minister of Education Naftali Bennet and the Chairman of the Planning and Budget Committee, prof. Yaffa Zilbershats.
"We celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel and 60 years of the Higher Education Council. The State of Israel was based on a vision, a far-sighted and far-reaching vision," the President said at the beginning of his remarks. "A country that is proud of its scientific and technological development, the country that created Nobel laureates, a country whose knowledge, innovation, learning and research give the world a better place every day."
The President continued: "I take the opportunity to tell you, Minister of Education, with deep sympathy, respect and sincerity: Ariel can be loved without escaping the academy. I had the privilege to support Ariel's University. A lot of us took the word President Efraim Katzir, who said that there would be education where I would be there. I am a strong advocate of Ariel University and for joining the board of university leaders. But a statement, such as "violating the cartel of universities," causes pain. are the institutions I am most proud of and we all have a common goal: to have a booming Jewish and democratic country in which the heart is independent, an excellent, higher education sector without political influence. The fundamental dream of intellectual independence and the courage to hope are the architects of the state and are the foundation of our culture We are the people who are solid We do not postpone it but we are discussing We do not bow our heads but we try to understand We do not work as we have told us, but to look for alternatives. Thus, a booty nation was created here, so that there was a generation of inventors, researchers, creators and programmers. "
The President spoke of a "new campus" set up on the initiative of the Council for Higher Education and headed by the Chair of the Committee on Planning and Budget, and said: "Since I assumed the post together with the Planning Chair, the Committee on Budgets, Universities and High Schools, I encourage the Israeli the hope of an initiative in the academic circle, a plan to prepare for a new Israeli agenda in which the academy is the first and last point that students from all social sectors meet before joining the world of work. One of our strategic goals is "to strengthen the links between the Academic Council and the employment and to increase the academic engagement of the results of employment for its graduates, especially in the Arab and Haredian sectors." The new campus must be an opportunity and a springboard not only to change the reality of employment, but also the changing Israeli reality, said the president and continued: "We have just recently read the problems of higher education that are up to to the men of Haredi, and these numbers of the week were announced because of the slowdown in the integration of Haredi's people into the workforce. These are warning signs for our society and our economy. I am convinced that the new Campus initiative can address this dual challenge – connecting the academy to employment and the need to integrate Arab and Haredi's society into fair employment. I think that the Israeli Academy can not look at the new Israeli society as a present, but it must play an active, creative and sensible role in it. "
The President congratulated those who play a role in this national and social enterprise and recipients of the Higher Education Prize, Professor Moshe Kave, Professor Ayet Shavit and Professor Uriel Reichman, and said: "Your awards show us how academic excellence is monitored with hand in hand by strengthening our society and our country. I congratulate you, my friend, Professor Reichman, on your groundbreaking academic vision that has become a reality and achievement that has affected the sector as a whole. "