Israeli universities are offering free online courses to help youths and people in the workforce stay current in their professions. The Internet allows these universities to offer certain courses that can be taken by enrollees across the world.
Reports from 2012 show that Israel continues to lag behind the rest of the developed world in employment, productivity and education. The reports are from the 2012 State of the Nation Report.
The report found that the trend was a long-term one and a threat for the economy.
In 2015, Israel ranked 39th in education out of 76 nations based off of standardized tests. There’s a growing education problem that needs to be solved in Israel. Universities have started to offer free courses to bridge the education gap.
The three universities making a difference through free education, include:
1. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hebrew University of Jerusalem is offering free courses to students. The university is the second-oldest in Israel and was established in 1918. The university is ranked the best in Israel and 59th in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The university offers free courses on Coursera.
A few of the classes offered by the university are:
- Synapses, Neurons and Brains
- Israel State and Society
- Modern Hebrew Poetry
- Invitation to Mathematics
Classes and courses change, so it’s best to check the Coursera website to find all of the current courses offered by the university.
2. Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv University boasts over 30,000 students and is the largest higher learning institute in Israel. The university was founded in 1956 and is a public research university. The university is ranked the third-best in Israel as of 2016 and 81st in the world, according to the Center of World University Rankings.
Tel Aviv University is offering a variety of classes that are set to start in September, including:
- Basic Notions in Physics
- Economic Growth and Distributive Justice (2 parts)
- The Emergence of the Modern Middle East
- Understanding Plants
And there are a few additional classes offered, too. These classes help new enrollees better prepare for life as a student and also provide ample opportunity to learn for older individuals.
A full list of courses is available on Coursera.
3. Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Technion is one of the leading technology and research universities in the world. The university was founded in 1912 and has a main campus in Haifa, Israel. Technion offers high-end technology classes and a few business classes, too.
The classes that are available, include:
- Action-Driven Business Plan
- Innovation Career Lessons from a Master
- From Idea to Startup
- Nanotechnology and Nanosensors
You’re free to sign up for any of these classes and begin on your course once the class is slated to start. A lot of classes will allow you to begin even if you miss the start date, but you may not be able to have your assignments graded.
There are ample online courses for everything from creating courses to business and technology-related courses. While you won’t receive a degree for your efforts – not for free – you’ll be able to take courses to improve your skillset.