Strengthening the university development of Ashdod – opinion

Ashdod has become Israel’s sixth largest city, having doubled its population within two decades. The city’s development dynamic coincides with an impressive growth and development in the quality of life and education, which emphasizes excellence, equality, achievement and values. This momentum must not be stopped. Now, for all time, in the wake of the recent Operation Guardian of the Walls, in which the city has remained steadfast in the face of endless missile bombing and threats from Hamas, it is vitally important that the new government acts to strengthen academia in the port city of Israel. .

With small steps and measured but certain, Ashdod is literally becoming a veritable “university town”. In 2003, the Ashdod campus was established with the SCE Sami Shamoon College of Engineering, which has since flourished and developed with the city. The college’s vision of making the world a better place through engineering education fits well with the city’s vision, which strives for community sustainability, equal opportunity and individual empowerment.

Higher education is the cornerstone of building a better and stronger society. The engineering and social education that we in academia are instilling today will create a better future for the city of Ashdod by expanding financial opportunities and increasing national security. Cooperation between local and international companies, such as ICL, Elta, Adama-Agan and others, as well as the direct and natural link with academia, has proven to be the gateway to a technological ecosystem. This connection not only trains quality human resources, such as highly skilled engineers, but also manages to preserve strong and empowering populations in the city by absorbing them into top and reputable workplaces.

The State of Israel is in constant need of thousands of engineers every year, and the general demand for engineering graduates is steadily increasing. Technological development serves as a lever to create new technologies, initiatives, start-ups and workplaces. Students seeking graduate studies know that choosing engineering studies will lead them to areas in high demand, with rapid integration into the job market in high positions in desirable locations where they will contribute to financial growth and security of Israel.

We are at a crossroads, and the development of education in the South, with the need to strengthen the academy in Ashdod, is more topical than ever. This is the key to creating equal opportunities, quality jobs and social leadership. Therefore, the government should, through the Council on Higher Education, lead the vision of Ashdod as an independent university town, and not just as a campus, to train the next generation engineers who will be part of it. from urban architecture, high tech businesses, military industries and developing the technologies of tomorrow in Ashdod.

Cooperation between universities and industry will help to train high quality human resources who will settle in the city as a powerful and empowering population. A just society with small differences between its central and peripheral regions is our real strength as a nation. It only takes a helping hand and a push from the government.

Professor Jehuda Haddad is Rector of SCE Sami Shamoon College of Engineering.

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