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The Council for Higher Education (CHE) is the official authority for higher education in Israel and determines policy for the higher education system.

The CHE was founded pursuant to the Council for Higher Education Law, 1958 as an independent and unaffiliated statutory corporation.

The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) is responsible for funding the Israeli system of higher education.

The PBC defines the regular budget allocated for the academic institutions as well as their development budgets, while considering social and national needs and priorities. It strives to promote research and education in Israel and to maintain the academic and administrative freedom of all institutions

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About the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (Israel)

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (Israel) works to create a just, cohesive, and inclusive society in Israel, and drives deep processes of social change towards advancing excellence, diversity, and leadership through higher education. Harnessing a philanthropic legacy of over 130 years, the Foundation fulfills the Rothschild family’s long-term commitment to the pioneering spirit of the State of Israel and invests in its agents of change and in promoting its modern-day pioneers.

The Foundation, as part of the Edmond de Rothschild global philanthropic network, initiates dozens of innovative projects across the country, which seek to reduce the gaps in society and foster a young leadership.

The Foundation’s activities to provide access to and enable success in higher education among as many communities as possible; to advance innovative academic research; to engage artists in social involvement; to invest in groundbreaking economic-social models; and to nurture a young and committed leadership impact the lives of tens of thousands of people and shape the face of the next generation of Israeli pioneers and entrepreneurs.

The Foundation’s areas of activity

To realize its vision and expand its impact on Israeli society, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation is active in five areas:

  1. Ensuring access to and success in higher education, with the goal of furthering equal opportunity and enabling youths in the periphery to acquire higher education and commensurate employment;
  2. Academic excellence, with the goal of endorsing innovative research, assisting to develop the next generation of researchers in the humanities and exact sciences, and engaging the academic leadership in creating a social change;
  3. The arts, with the goal of engaging artists in social involvement through their art;
  4. Impact entrepreneurship, with the goal of creating a measurable business model and encouraging the flow of new funds which would address social and environmental needs;
  5. Leadership, with the goal of establishing a reserve of young leaders, mainly from the social and geographic periphery, who will integrate into positions of influence in Israeli society.
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In 2016, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation established The Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships – the non-profit branch of the foundation aimed to carry on the Rothschild family’s long- term commitment to Israel.

Through a wide array of programs, The Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships seeks out promising youth, particularly from Israel’s social and geographical periphery, and provides them with long-term guidance and support, thereby helping form the next generation of Israel’s leaders who actively pursue a sustainable model for shared living.

The Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships operates four programs, extending throughout the country, with hundreds of participants every year.  The Partnership’s unique model enables to achieve accelerated growth and become the leading incubator for Israel’s future leadership in all arenas.

  • All the programs are designed to integrate knowledge, awareness, social activism and social leadership, with parallel processes of personal, academic and career development.
  • All the programs are diversity-focused, with participants from the religious, non-religious, Arab, Druze and Bedouin sectors of society – from the Galilee in the North to the Negev in the South.
  • Many of the programs are conducted in close, long-term and sustainable cooperation with government offices such as the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Education and the President’s Office.
  • The programs work closely with most of the universities and academic institutions in Israel.
  • Specially designed practicum frameworks provide an ongoing model for activism in social organizations, by encouraging the creation of social enterprises that generate a broad community impact.
  • Hundreds of the programs’ graduates, holding positions in various sectors of society, are creating an important network that spreads the common vision of leadership and personal and social excellence, combined with deep social responsibility and a commitment to improve the future landscape of Israeli society.

The Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships operates four main programs:

“Kav Hazinuk” (Starting Line): Using a one-of-its-kind model, the program works with youngsters over a ten year period, starting in the 10th grade, encouraging the ability of these talented young people who are concerned for, and care about, bringing change to the world. kav hazinuk

 Rothschild Ambassadors: Centers on the development of personal and social excellence in university students from socio-geographic peripheries, and trains the next generation of future leaders in Israel. rothschild ambassadors

Rothschild Cadets: Local Government  & Informal Education: a unique program administered together with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Education, aimed at creating a new generation of public servants and educators in municipalities all over the country. cadets

Israeli Hope in Academia – A project initiated and inspired by Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, aimed to unite and close the gap between and among the various sectors of Israeli society.  The Rothschild Partnerships has been chosen by the President’s office to operate the program in the field of higher education Israeli Hope in Academia.