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The college preceding the establishment of Ariel University was founded in 1982 as a regional branch of Bar-Ilan University. Originally located in the settlement of Kedumim, it moved to Ariel where it built a larger campus and went on to become the largest Israeli public college. In the 2004–05 academic year, the affiliation with Bar Ilan ended and it became an independent college.
On 17 July 2012, the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria voted to grant the institution full university status. This move was praised by the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Gideon Saar, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and some Knesset members as well as Nobel Prize in Economics winning mathematician Robert Aumann. The Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities condemned the move. A survey in 2013 found that 65% of the public in Israel supported the recognition of Ariel University as Israel's eighth university.
Ariel University has 26 departments for B.A., B.Sc. and B.Arch. studies, in three faculties and three schools. In addition, Ariel University offers a Master's degree programs for M.A., M.B.A. and M.Sc. In 2014, Ariel University initiated a Ph.D. programs for Doctorate studies also. In 2011, it had a student population of 14,000, with a branch in Tel Aviv. All degrees are recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
Ariel University cooperates with international organizations and universities all over the world. The university and its staff have been the target of boycotts, both in Israel and overseas, for its location beyond the Green Line, in the Palestinian territories.
The Arab American University provides quality education for Palestinians and international students. AAUJ has made impressive strides towards the development of educational facilities and laboratories in a vibrant setting. AAUJ adopts a distinct, unique education system with a wide range of schools offering diversified programs. These academic programs are demand-based (tailor-made to meet the demands of the Palestinian labor market). The necessity-motivated programs are meant to acquaint graduates with the skills needed to develop independent thinking and entrepreneurship aptitudes in order to be able to contribute to the overall, sustainable national development. To this end, AAUJ hires bright professionals from the Palestinian Academia as well as international scholars- an approach that diversifies the sources of education and the latest achievements in science and technology.
AAUJ prides itself of being a leading academic institution that is always present in local, regional and international academic forums. It is also an active member of the Association of Arab Universities, the Federation of Islamic Universities and the Association of Private Universities.
The university provides a satisfactory learning environment bolstered by extracurricular activities. Thus, it accepts challenges and capitalizes on opportunities available, so as to adapt, grow and understand change and the resulting rapidly evolving society. The town of Zababdeh is located nearby, within 2 km. The university has some good facilities including training centers (IT center of Excellence and others), a football stadium, swimming pool and top-notch closed multipurpose sports facility. The Quality Management System of AAUJ has been approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2008), just to become the first Palestinian university to receive such an international certificate. The following are the graduate and undergraduate programs offered by the seven faculties of the university:
A group of citizens in the city of Hebron, headed by mayor Sheikh Mohammad ‘Ali Al-Ja’bari, wished to establish a university there. This was after the rest of Palestine came under Israeli occupation in 1967. Hebron University was established with the Islamic Shari’a College in 1971, the first educational institution for university education in Palestine. Forty-three students of both sexes joined the college from different parts of Palestine.
Bank, Insurance • Agriculture, Fisheries, Food • Cultural Studies
During the period of Jordanian administration, the agricultural school was transformed into Technical Agricultural Institute offering an associate degree (Diploma) in all agricultural sciences until 1967. After the 1967 Six day war the importance of the college to agriculture in the West Bank declined, with deterioration of the farm buildings. The college was then transformed from an Agricultural based Institute to a college with an industrial based emphasis.
At the beginning of the peace process and following the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), there was a rejuvenation of the agricultural aspect of the college, through both governmental and non-governmental funding. An Italian organization in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Land Research Centre (LRC) set about repairing the dilapidated cattle farm. This initiative also encompassed the establishment of an information and agricultural advisory centre.
The Kadoorie family has funded the construction of a new science wing for the college.
In early 2007, the college was granted the status of a university. It was accrideted officially on 30 August 2007 as Palestine Technical University- Kadorie. This was announced officially by its Dean and acting president Dr. Mutasim Babaa' on September 1, 2007. Parts of Kadoorie College land is now affiliated to the An-Najah National University in Nablus. This part includes faculty of agriculture and faculty of Veteran. With a grant from the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees a pilot project for the design, construction and operation of a biogas digester was erected at Khadori College, Energy Research Centre (ERC) of An-Najah National University provided technical assistance, supervision and valuation of results.
Theology, Religion • Bank, Insurance
Bank, Insurance • Management
The Talitha Kumi Community College is a post-secondary community college for hotel management operated by Talitha Kumi.
Economics • Management • Nursing
Birzeit University, with the highest admission averages among other Palestinian universities, offers graduate and undergraduate programs in information technology, engineering, sciences, social policy, nursing and health sciences, economics, and management. It has 9 faculties, including a graduate faculty. These offer 47 B.A. programs for undergraduate students and 26 M.A. programs for graduate students.
The College offers undergraduate degrees in a number of unique specializations such as education technology, technological management and planning, and geographic information systems.