Tel-Hai Academic College, the Northern College in Israel, lies in the heart of the Eastern Galilee and is located in a breathtaking landscape. However, what has turned the College to the first choice for many is the vibrant social life, the small classrooms, the personal attention and above all – the high academic level which provides a proven springboard for continuing studies in all areas, in Israel and abroad.
About the College – Diversity is the main point.
The Tel Hai Academic College offers 15 academic programs for bachelor’s degree in two faculties:
The Faculty of Sciences (B.Sc) includes: the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Animal Sciences, the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the Department of Food Science and the Department of Computer Sciences.
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (B. A) includes: the Department of East Asian Studies, the Department of Economics and Management, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Social Work, the Department of Education and the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies.
In addition, the Academic College operates eight graduate programs: Nutrition Studies (applied curriculum or theoretical curriculum), Biotechnology (applied curriculum or theoretical curriculum), Water Sciences (applied curriculum or theoretical curriculum), Galilee studies (applied curriculum or theoretical curriculum), Drama Therapy, Social Work, Educational Psychology and Education.
Tel-Hai is the only college in Israel that offers two research tracks in the Master’s curriculum.
People working full or partial time are invited to take the undergraduate programs that were developed specifically for them in a variety of fields. For example: the concentrated BA program in Economics and Management.
To complete the supportive teaching environment, students enjoy advanced computer rooms, sophisticated laboratories, a rich library and close and comfortable student dormitories.
Education to All
Alongside the academic track, the College offers additional study frameworks: pre-academic preparatory programs, an Institute for Arts Studies, an Institute for Drama Therapy, an Institute for Arts Therapy and a Center for Continuing Education Program and for External Studies.
The External Studies Division includes several courses for exclusive specializations: wine production, olive oil production and more.
Support all the way to… a job
The college assists eligible students with scholarships, sustenance scholarship stipends, excellence scholarships and dormitories.
In addition, as part of a unique program initiated by the College, students from the various departments may integrate into work places in the area while studying and gain practical experience.
Thus, students from the Department of Computer Sciences work for remuneration at hi-tech plants such as B.S.C, Mellanox and Tadiran Communication, while students from the Department of Economics and Management work at the Galcon factory.
And the result: most of the working students integrate the labor market after their studies with a regular job.
Involved in the community, taking care of the environment
About 5,000 students of the academic and external learning programs create a rich and vibrant campus with extensive activities of art events, exhibitions, conferences, symposiums and seminars.
The College promotes and encourages students to become involved in the community and to be active for the residents of the region. Students from the departments of Education, Social Work, Psychology and Nutrition are involved in dozens of academic and social projects: in centers for the prevention of domestic violence, in centers for victims of sexual assaults, in rehabilitation programs in prisons, in hospitals, schools and more.
As a “green campus”, accredited as such by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the campus resolves the issue of the waste generated in the campus, operates a comprehensive recycling system, emphasizes energy savings and is involved in other aspects of environmental protection.
The project is supervised by the Center for Green Technologies in the College and the campus’s Green Council, and students from the Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology Departments are involved.
Head of the Education and Learning Department
A senior lecturer on education, gender, innovation and pedagogic philosophy.
scholar and published author of articles on leadership, innovative pedagogic practices and practical training in teaching.
Head of the Sciences and Biology Department
I discovered my love for biology while in high school with an amazing teacher who taught us how to inquire, how to ask questions, piqued our curiosity and made me want to learn more and more.
After my military service, I embarked on a charted course, a bachelor’s degree in life sciences. Over the course of my degree I’ve been exposed to plenty of interesting information on various subjects, all of which related to life on earth. After giving the matter much consideration, I decided to specialize in the central nerve system of the human body. Indeed, I signed up for a master’s degree program in neurobiology. After that, the course was fairly clear – a PhD in neurobiology and also postdoctoral studies in the same field.
The central nerve system in the human body is so complex that it can be studied for many years, and indeed many scholars both around the world and in Israel are interested in this system and study it.
Upon completion of my postdoctoral in the United States I returned to Israel with an interest to engage both in research and in teaching. I signed up for a master’s degree in the teaching of sciences and started teaching in high school, all the while working in research at Tel Aviv University.
In addition to teaching in high school, I taught in several colleges around Israel and I fell in love with the teaching profession.
The road to Ohalo College has been paved with great pleasure and here I am today, head of the Department of Science and Biology, a lecturer and a scholar, training the next generation of teachers who will spread their love for the subject all throughout Israel.
Founder and director of the track for stress, trauma and resilience study at the Department of Social Work at Tel-Hai Academic College.
Developer of MA’ASEH model – a model for immediate aid in emergency situations, recognized by the Israeli Mental Health Association as a national model for mental first aid in emergency situations. The model is currently being applied in the IDF, at the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Israel Police, the National Fire and Rescue Authority, in police rescue teams and more.
Course Creator and Coordinator
A senior scholar in MIGAL – Galilee Research Institute – R&D (agricultural research and development) North, focusing on developing behavior-based solutions for ecological pest-control.
A senior lecturer in the fields of ecology, zoology and scientific seminary at Ohalo College.
B.Sc. – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Life Sciences – agriculture, livestock, specializing in cud chewing animals.
M.Sc. – Technion, Haifa, anatomy and physiology of amphibians, their physiological and behavioral adaptation to their surroundings.
Ph.D. – Technion, Haifa, biodiversity, invertebrates, the effects of environmental factors and the decomposition of organic matter.
Postdoc – Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), insect-plant relations and attraction factors.
A teaching certificate from MOFET Institute – disciplinary teachers’ teachers training.
An environmental planner certificate from the Israeli Permaculture Organization – environmental planning.
A pest controller certificate from the Instruction and Profession Service (SHAHAM) – crop diseases and pests.
A biological exterminator certificate from BioBee – biological and integrated extermination.
Course Creator and Coordinator
o In 1987 established the Democratic School in Hadera, the first school in the world to go by this name, and has served as its principal for ten years. Following the establishment of this school, 27 additional democratic schools have been founded in Israel.
o In 1993 established the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) which has been held for over 23 years, each year in a different country, spanning about 45 countries around the world, in which there are more than a thousand democratic schools.
o Established the Institute for Democratic Education and served as its head. Within the framework of the Institute, established the academic track for the training of democratic education teachers at Kibbutzim College, as well as “Halutz” program for the training of principals.
o In 2005 published his book “Democratic Education – A Story with a Beginning”. Since then, the book has been translated into English, Bulgarian, Portuguese and Korean, and serves as inspiration for groundbreaking educators and entrepreneurs throughout the world.
o Established the organization “Education Cities – The Art of Collaborations”, which concerns itself with creating the necessary collaborations in order to move forward innovation processes in the classroom, at school, in the city, in the country and around the world. Within the framework of this organization, led some national programs in collaboration with the Ministry of Education – mathematics teams and an innovative model for MOOC learning.
o As part of his engagement with education cities, he is involved in overseeing and developing innovative pedagogy processes in cities, regional councils and schools both in Israel and abroad.
o Serves as consultant and mentor in the establishment of new schools (including the design of the learning spaces and writing the pedagogic program).
o For years now, Yaacov has been serving as consultant to Education Ministers in Israel, being an expert in creating links and interfaces between the establishment and innovative and alternative education.
o Among the subjects dearest to his heart, on which he delivers lectures in Israel and abroad, are innovation in general and educational innovation in particular, artificial intelligence, social networks, big data, disruptive innovation, augmented reality and the effects that these subjects have on the society in which we live.
o At present time, Yaacov Hecht sees his main duty in preparing the education system for the future and setting it on course for the future.
Course Founder, Lecturer and Scholar
A member of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), chairperson of the Committee for Education, Instruction, Humanities and Arts at the CHE, and former deputy director-general of the CHE.
Headed the College for Technological Education in Tel Aviv for 14 years. After the merge between this college and the Kibbutzim College, served as vice president of the unified college.
Her studies and fields of specialty are teaching and instruction in general and the teaching of computers and informatics in particular, learning technology, digital pedagogy, new media and teacher training.
Currently Prof. Rivka Wadmany Shauman is a lecturer and scholar at Ariel University.