The department of External Relations, Science, and Culture is responsible for the college’s external relations and scientific and cultural relations in Israel and abroad. It aspires to broaden and diversify its activities around the world.
The department initiates and encourages activities in the following fields:
Partnership Agreements with the Following Universities
Municipality of Wiesbaden, Germany
Friends Association Wiesbaden, Germany
City of Mühlheim, Germany
Fritz Naftali Foundation, Germany
Robert Bosch, Friedrich Ebert and EVZ foundations
Institut Neue Impulse (Cooperation Partner of FH Potsdam), Germany
Chair in Multicultural Education in Teacher Training
The college is interested in expanding its contacts to additional academic institutions, organizations, and foundations in Israel and abroad.
In the past year, it began to forge ties with states in the European Union,
in the Mediterranean basin, and in Central and South America.
Organizing International Conferences
The department intends to initiate and to hold international conferences in cooperation with bodies such as the European Union, UNESCO, various foundations in Israel and abroad, universities in Israel and abroad, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Council for Higher Education.
The conferences will address a wide range of subjects, including multicultural dialogue, environmental affairs, history and culture of daily life, film, and art.
Academics from the college and other institutions, senior officials from the Israeli government and other institutions, students from the college and other educational institutions, and the general public will be invited to the conferences.
A current project is a tri-national conference series on social identity in cooperation with the University of Ludwigsburg, Germany, and the University of Krakow, Poland. The first meeting was held in June 2009 at the college and the next meetings will be held in Germany (February 2010) and in Poland (July 2010). The activities of the UNESCO chair in multicultural education in teacher training also include organizing international conferences at the college.
Participation in International Research and Development Programs
The department seeks involvement in programs of the European Union and plays an active role in programs such as:
The research subjects in which the college participates, as part of various calls for proposals, are varied and include multicultural dialogue; design and development of computer games (gaming); teaching science; research on Arabic as a second language; learning disabilities; art; teaching English as a second language; teacher training and professional development; history and culture of daily life; and environmental and agriculture studies.