Samaria-based Ariel University left out of Israeli universities heads’ conference

The Ariel University campus in Samaria. Credit: Michael Jacobson/Wikimedia Commons.

( Representatives from Ariel University—the first accredited Israeli university located beyond the Green Line—were absent from the invitation list to Sunday’s Committee of University Heads conference on the future of higher education in Israel.

Ariel University said in a statement, “The Committee of University Heads has not yet internalized nor accepted [the need] to act in accordance with the Council for Higher Education and the government of Israel,” according to Israel Hayom.

The Israeli government approved Ariel’s accreditation in late 2012, making it Israel’s eighth research university. “Fortunately, scientists and scientific research institutions in Israel and around the world have full research, scientific and educational cooperation with Ariel University in Samaria—as they should,” said the school’s chancellor, Yigal Cohen Orgad.

The Committee of University Heads said in a statement, “[Only] members of the Committee of University Heads participated in the conference.”

Posted on April 7, 2014 .