Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie addressing the new students:
“Throughout its years of its existence, the Technion has been an island of moderation and tolerance towards others. Respect others not only in your daily life on campus, in the classrooms and in the laboratories, but on social networks as well.”
1,900 new students began their studies at the Technion today. At a festive ceremony held to mark the opening of the school year, Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie said: “Today you are taking the first step on a journey of three or four years. At the end of the journey you will join an elite group in Israeli society: Technion alumni. Throughout its years of its existence, the Technion has been an island of moderation and tolerance towards others, a place where secular and religious Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Circassians of both sexes study, teach and work together in full equality. Today, you are entering today this “nature reserve.” Please take advantage of your stay here to acquire knowledge, learn and succeed in your studies. But also take advantage of your stay to get to know, respect and appreciate those who are different. When you leave here, you can take advantage of these tools not only to set up a startup or develop the app of the future, but also to make the society and country that we live in a better place. Respect others not only in your daily life on campus, in the classrooms and in the laboratories, but on social networks as well, where unrestrained and irresponsible verbal violence contributes to polarization and hostility in Israeli society, and in many cases even leads to physical violence.”
Addressing new students on Orientation Day, the President of the Technion said, “The expectations from you are great. The State of Israel does not possess abundant natural resources and our uniqueness and the secret of our success lie in our ability to nurture and promote the human resource. Thanks to the human resource, the State of Israel was established, and thanks to the human resource, it is thriving and flourishing, despite the difficulties.”
On Sunday, the new students will be joined by students already attending the Technion. In the 2015-6 school year, a total of around 13,000 students will study at the Technion in 17 faculties. They include 9,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 advanced degree students (1,101 of are them doctoral students and the rest are graduate students).
The school year at the Technion begins shortly after the announcement of a new faculty – the Faculty of Science Education and Technology, which operated as a department up to now. One of the Faculty’s flagship programs is Views, in which hundreds of Technion alumni earn an additional bachelor’s degree in Science Education. These students have acquired experience in industry, the IDF and other bodies, and those of them who join the school system enrich it and are already generating a significant change in it.
This year the Technion will host the 29th Space Studies Program (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU). The program will take place in July and August 2016 at the Technion campus in Haifa and throughout Israel, and will be attended by hundreds of college students from around the world.
This year the Technion is offering several new and unique courses of study, in order to meet the growing need for specialists in innovative fields of science, engineering and architecture. The Faculty of Architecture is offering a new program. The plan, formulated on the basis of changes in the world of architecture in the 21st century, based on two separate degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture Science (B.Sc) and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Town Planning (M.Arch) with a practical orientation and specialization in four principal streams.
The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine is offering a new scientific program towards a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science for students with a high weighted average (based on the matriculation exams and the psychometric university entrance exam) who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge in the life sciences and medicine.
In addition, the Technion has opened a new Master’s degree program in Automotive Systems Engineering, in light of industry demands for highly skilled graduates. The areas of study include development, design and manufacture of vehicle systems and assemblies for the global automotive industry and the national infrastructure, such as railways and advanced means of transportation.