YOUniversities and Centres of Excellence

In 2012, World ORT Kadima Mada, in cooperation with the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, began to establish educational centres in Israel’s geographic and socioeconomic periphery. These centres give Israeli youth who live far from the economic, cultural and academic centre of the country access to the world of cutting-edge science and technology. The young people participate in hands-on courses on topics such as aerospace, applied physics, forensics, architecture, food engineering and robotics. Taking part in such courses helps young people to establish connections with academia and hi-tech industry in the area, with the ultimate aim of inspiring them to consider a future career in science and technology.

More about YOUniversities

YOUniversity programs currently run in Nahariya, Safed, and Nazareth in the North, Kiryat Gat, Dimona and Beer Sheva in the South and in the Haredi and Arab communities in Jerusalem. ​

Together, these cities represent a diverse spectrum of populations and the unique problems that they each face. From ultra-orthodox Haredim, to Arab Muslims and Christians, to secular Jews; from Russians, to Ethiopians to Indian immigrants and more.

Each of the municipalities in these cities has pledged its support of the project and has initiated unique partnership opportunities with local institutions of higher learning and local businesses and industry. ​

The strategic establishment of these Centers in locations in the Negev and the Galilee - as well as in Jerusalem's traditionally weaker communities - will help in bridging the gap between the skills and knowledge of Israeli students in the periphery vis-a-vis those in central Israel.

The school year in numbers

21,074 Academic hours

4,617 Students

312 Study Groups

Variety of 90 courses

20 Prizes & Awards

39 Competitions

41 Study Trips

5 Exhibitions & Fashion shows

23 Science Events & Festivals

4 Delegations Abroad