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President's Message

2016 Hadassah Academic College's President Report 

Prof. Bertold FridlenderHadassah Academic College aims to be a leader in educating today's students to become skilled professionals and engaged citizens. Our academic programs are pragmatic and career focused --- relevant for today and in anticipation of future trends. We offer innovative degree programs that align with the evolving needs of the workplace and prepare students so that they are ready for work and ready for life. Our educational approach blends new technologies and techniques, knowledge of the workplace, innovation, and fiscal responsibility with a commitment to high level academic learning, community involvement, and personal attention.

Students come to us with passion and determination. We teach them what they want to know, and help them understand what they need to know. We provide unparalleled support to ensure that they succeed. We offer the tools to think and to act, and open opportunities to immediately put their knowledge and training to use.

This year, we reorganized our twelve academic departments into two interdisciplinary schools in order to cultivate cooperation and collaboration between our various disciplines. Our Interdisciplinary School for Science, Health, and Society aspires to both serve and learn from Israel's health and science sectors. Our Interdisciplinary School for Society and Community aims to address evolving and anticipated social changes and trends both in Israel and abroad.

Both Schools are well positioned to educate the next generation of professionals for Israel's rapidly changing economy.

Our undergraduate study tracks combine academic knowledge and valuable professional skills. Our graduate programs expand professional competence, inspire critical thinking, embrace reflective learning, and encourage life-long learning. Both our undergraduate and graduate studies are being enriched by the introduction of new teaching techniques and technologies, thus ensuring their relevance and value in an ever-changing world.

As a career focused institution, we interact with employers to understand their current and future needs and to learn where their sectors are headed. This helps us to ensure that our coursework reflects the true nature of the marketplace. Employers also represent key partners in offering students internships, special projects, and employment upon graduation. Providing these employers with online job postings, participation at job fairs on campus, and other programs connect them to the College, and at the same time educate students about the workplace and employment opportunities.

 

Our students benefit from the active involvement of our alumni who offer both employment opportunities to our students as well as serve as important models of success and achievement.

Our talented and caring faculty work and teach with passion, drive, and innovation and move the College forward to realize our mission. As you will read in this report, although we are primarily a teaching institution, we increasingly provide opportunities for faculty to pursue original research in their respective fields.

Our extracurricular and volunteer opportunities described in this report enrich student life by providing experiences that embrace student development, personal responsibility, the application of life skills and career path development, and commitment to the larger community. 

As a result of all these factors, no less than 92% of our students successfully complete their academic degree studies, and 85% of our students secure employment in their field upon graduation. Our students graduate with the capacity to attain leadership roles in their respective professions due to their acquired knowledge and skills as well as their abilities to think critically and creatively and to communicate effectively.

Our College is both privileged and challenged to be situated in the very heart of Israel's capital Jerusalem, a city of diverse communities with competing claims and interests. As an institution of higher learning that aspires to contribute to a better society, we are committed to fostering a culturally inclusive campus marked by mutual respect and understanding. We recognize that diversity is a reflection of our society and a source of strength. Each and every student, regardless of his/her background, belief, or situation is a respected and valued member of our College community.

Our College operates from a position of financial responsibility. It is only through careful management that we are able to pursue new initiatives and enlarge our student body.

All of the above achievements reflect the combined efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff who devote talent and experience to realize our mission. These wonderful colleagues benefit from the strong support of our Board of Trustees and generous friends who ensure that our College has the necessary resources to translate all our dreams into reality.

Prof. Bertold Fridlender
President