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Jerusalem College of Technology’s International Program revamps curriculum

With the addition of a new data analytics course, JCT's Business Administration program is now poised to offer students practical hands-on experience that will open doors to the hi-tech world upon graduation.

Courtesy of JCT
Courtesy of JCT

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) announced a revamp of its Business Administration curriculum in its International Program in English.

The current Business Administration curriculum is modeled on programs developed in leading universities around the world and combines studies in management and marketing with a background in technology. The curriculum incorporates both lectures where prominent individuals from the hi-tech world speak with students, and also practical research projects which challenge students to apply their knowledge to real life situations.

For the upcoming 2023/4 school year, the program will shift its focus from intense math-based classes to disciplines that are in demand in the hi-tech world such as its new Data Analytics concentration. Additionally, instead of being offered two days per week, it will now be offered three days each week to make time for the jam-packed programming.

As such, the new program is poised to provide students with a leg up in the job market upon graduation, as the most lucrative positions in the business world are actively seeking employees with data analytics knowledge and skills. While math and economics classes will still be offered, the content will be much more aligned with what hi-tech hiring managers expect new recruits to know.

“Our new curriculum will offer our students subjects that offer real added value to the job market. Classes like data mining, machine learning, and Python coding are the building blocks to any lucrative career in analytics in the business world,” Rabbi Shlomo Anapolle, International Program Director at JCT, said. “Renovating the curriculum not only brings the content of what they’re learning up to industry standards, it positions them as prime candidates during the hiring process.”

In addition to the new curriculum, the school also offers robust networking opportunities through internships and job fairs. Next week, on May 4th, the school will host some 30 top-tier companies like Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in one of their fairs.

“No other school in Israel is offering Data Analytics in English,” Elisha Grunderwerg, Campus Coordinator at JCT, said. “As a result, companies are very interested in speaking with JCT students who are able to arrive at a new job on their first day with skills that will prime them for success.”

The school’s internship program also successfully gives students real-world experience during their studies.

Rabbi Elie Mischel, Marketing and Content Manager at Israel365 and JCT’s former International School Program Director, for example, has brought on six interns from JCT at the successful news media platform this year alone.

“We didn’t work with any other school to look for our interns,” he said. “That is because we knew JCT was the ultimate destination for students who have a passion for learning both secular and religious studies. Considering we are a Christian-based news organization, the JCT student profile is exactly what we were looking for. In turn, the students have received valuable hands-on experience in the realm of marketing, content writing, social media and more.”

To date, JCT’s academic programs for women and men alike have produced job placement rates of over 90 percent for Haredim and other students from Israel’s underserved communities, with alums securing immediate employment upon graduation in leading firms such as Intel, Texas Instruments, Check Point, and IBM.

The Jerusalem College of Technology was also recently ranked as the most popular college for olim (immigrants to Israel). Compared to all other schools in the country, JCT has the highest concentration of new immigrants with 6% of the student body constituting new arrivals to the country.

Home to approximately 5,000 students from religious backgrounds, the school is Jerusalem’s second-largest academic institution. The College’s vision is well-aligned with its home city of Jerusalem, helping to position the capital as a national hub for academic excellence in science, technology, and other disciplines.

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