International Academic Initiatives

The Open University of Israel engages in extensive international cooperation with other institutions. Faculty members maintain contact with their peers from around the world, and the OUI regularly hosts delegations from universities and other organizations worldwide. The OUI's Unit for International Academic Initiatives aims to further extend and enhance these initiatives, which serve to connect the OUI to academic projects worldwide, benefitting both faculty and students.
 
Our initiatives in 2016 included meetings with a delegation from Liberia in order to examine the possibility of academic cooperation. We also met with representatives from the French Embassy in order to explore the feasibility of collaboration between French and Israeli academic institutions. Meetings were held with faculty members from the Ural State University in Russia, faculty members from the Institut National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), and representatives of the Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD) in Colombia, together with representatives of Intelitek RoboGroup.
 
The Open University is planning to launch the Open Israel and Jewish Studies Program, which will include eight courses to be taught in academic institutions abroad. At present, a pilot course, Israeli Society as Perceived in the World of Arts, is being developed.
 
The OUI signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a specific certificate study program as part of the Short Learning Programs (SLPs) for the European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). The memorandum was signed in Brussels, at a meeting attended by the OUI Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Aviad Heifetz, and by Prof. Tamar Hermann.
 
The OUI participated in two EADTU conferences: “Enhancing European Higher Education” (Rome), and “Innovation in Higher Education" (Maastricht).
OUI faculty members from various departments joined representatives of an EU student exchange program, the European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS+), and also participated in the "Advancement of Higher Education Systems in the EU’s Neighboring Countries" information conference organized by ERASMUS+.
 
Within the framework of ERASMUS+ teaching and training mobility programs, the OUI has initiated cooperative projects between faculty members from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Department of Education and Psychology with colleagues in parallel departments in two Greek universities. The program includes reciprocal visits by two faculty members from each university in order to develop joint work programs. In addition, the Department of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication will host a researcher from the University of North Carolina in the field of Sociology and Anthropology, as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.
 
Cooperative projects with publishing houses abroad have included contracts for the translation of books on a number of topics. Three units of Introduction to the Art of Greece and Rome were translated with Wiley, Pearson, and Cambridge University Press, as were  Abnormal Psychology, Pearson; Physiology of Behavior, Pearson; and Cognitive Psychology, Cengage Learning Inc.
 
Books published this year in cooperation with other publishing houses included The French Revolution, Oxford University Press; Biology, the Unity and Diversity of Life, (vol. 2) Cengage Learning Inc.; The World of Chemistry, McGraw-Hill; and Biochemistry I, W. H. Freeman.
 
Cooperative agreements with other publishing houses included the publishing of The Genocide Contagion: How We Commit and Confront Holocaust and Genocide, Rowman and Littlefield; The Destruction of the Indigenous Peoples of Hispano-America: A Genocidal Encounter, Sussex Academic Press; Genocide (units 1–3, 5–10, 12, in Arabic), University of Irbil, Kurdistan/Iraq; and Rwanda 1994: Genocide in the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, Equinox Publishing.
 
Contact us:
Prof. Daphna Ephrat, Director, International Academic Initiatives (http://www.openu.ac.il/personal_sites/daphna-ephratE.html)
Adi Berman, Coordinator, International Academic Initiatives, iai@openu.ac.il.