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President's Message

2020 Hadassah Academic College's President's Report

Prof. Bertold FridlenderDedicated to a vibrant, multicultural Jerusalem

On our campus in the heart of Jerusalem, students come together to learn, to grow, and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become contributing members of Israeli society.

Last June, a record 619 students graduated from our College. We were honored to help these students prepare for rewarding careers and pave a path toward a better future for themselves and their families.

We aspire to contribute to a better society, and work to foster a culturally inclusive campus marked by mutual respect and understanding. We view diversity as a source of strength. Each and every student, regardless of background, belief, or situation is a respected and valued member of our College community.

This academic year, our enrolment has grown by close to 10%, making Hadassah Academic College yet again among the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in Israel. Our 4,000 strong student body includes Israeli-born Jews of all backgrounds and beliefs; Ethiopian Jews; new immigrants from around the world; and Christian and Muslim Arabs. One-half of our students are the first in their family to pursue a college education, and 70% of our students are women. Ten percent of our students have special needs including learning and physical challenges yet have the academic ability to succeed in their studies and enter the workforce.

We proudly host Israel's largest academic program (900 students) to educate both male and female ultra-Orthodox "Haredi" students toward marketable careers. These students come from yeshivot that until now did not permit their students to pursue a college education.

Our students share a common desire to pursue their academic dreams and to successfully enter the workforce. We offer innovative degree programs that align with the evolving needs of the workplace and prepare students so that they are ready for work and ready for life. Our educational approach blends new technologies and techniques, knowledge of the workplace, innovation, and fiscal responsibility with a commitment to high level academic learning, community involvement, and personal attention.

As a result, more than 90% of our students successfully complete their academic degree studies, and 85% of our students secure employment in their field upon graduation. Our students graduate with the capacity to attain leadership roles in their respective professions because of knowledge and skills they acquired—as well as their abilities to think critically and creatively and to communicate effectively.

There is no other place in the world like Jerusalem. Our students both reflect and contribute to this reality. Indeed, in addition to their studies, our students contribute close to 100,000 hours of volunteer service to a variety of organizations and institutions throughout the capital. They combine passion with pragmatism; working to realize a goal that a generation ago was unthinkable for many in their family. We look forward to keeping the heart pumping loudly in the center of Jerusalem.

Prof. Bertold Fridlender, President