The aim of this newly initiated project is to provide eligible undergraduate students of Ethiopian origin with a comprehensive package of tools, and the academic support needed to encourage self-actualization and to successfully cultivate their innate skills required for higher education and for productive entry into the labor market. The Student Authority of the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption is supporting this effort.
Dror Sanbato is an Ethiopian-born OUI student who made aliyah when he was 18. Now 47, married, and the father of four, he lives in Netanya, and is employed as a lab technician. For years, Mr. Sanbato was disturbed by the fact that he did not have a degree. In 2010 he began studying towards a degree in public policy administration at the OUI, and currently has only two remaining seminar courses left to complete before receiving his diploma. The OUI offered the flexibility and advantages Mr. Sanbato needed to complete his studies. He was able to study independently, and attended tutorial sessions at study centers close to home, while continuing to work fulltime. He described the opportunity provided to him by the OUI as a “breakthrough,” and is grateful for the scholarships which made it possible for him to study at the OUI, realizing his dream of an academic degree.