The “Ivy League” is an American collegiate athletic conference comprising eight private universities in the Northeastern United States. The eight members of the Ivy League are: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.
The phrase “Ivy League” has connotations of academic excellence, high-quality research, and socio-economic elitism. There are also several non-Ivy League universities that are also super-prestigious including MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley.
Traditionally, Ivy League schools are viewed as some of the most prestigious universities in the world. U.S. News & World Report ranks all eight universities in the top fourteen of its national university rankings in 2019.
It is time to ascribe more prestige to higher education and academic research in Israel. The state of Israel has eight universities and several dozen colleges. I propose creation of the Ivy League of Israel by the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
The Council for Higher Education in Israel is the primary supervisory body for universities and colleges in Israel. The Council has the authority to award academic educational accreditation. The leader of the council is the Minister of Education, and at least two-thirds of its members are academics.
The founding members of the Ivy League of Israel should be: Technion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Weizmann Institute, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Ben Gurion University, Ariel University, and IDC Herzeliya.
The Council for Higher Education meets in Albert Einstein Square in Jerusalem, next to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I encourage those who care about Israel to contact the council and convince them to create the Ivy League of Israel.
We want to create a high-quality network and coalition of universities and colleges in Israel. Moreover, there needs to be a public relations campaign (hasbara) to promote higher education and research in Israel.
It’s time to bring the prestigious Ivy League to the state of Israel.
As former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”