Friends group will help integration in Israel
THE OPEN University of Israel has launched a British group to help raise awareness about its efforts to educate Israel’s diverse and complex population.
The British Friends of the Open University of Israel was launched at the House of Lords on Tuesday. Lord Kestenbaum, chief operating officer at RIT Capital Partners, will be its first chairman.
He welcomed 50 guests to the event and said he was honoured to take on the role.
Dorit Beinisch, chancellor of the university, said: “It is the only university which allows everyone to enrol without any demands, enabling others to have access to higher education.”
The university provides courses and training for a diverse student base, including Charedi men and Arab Muslim women, with single-sex classrooms arranged for both groups.
Ms Beinisch said access to education was a key factor in helping groups including Arabs, Russians and Ethiopians to integrate in to Israeli society.