עמית מרנץ-גל

Dr. Amit Marantz Gal
Director Academic Internationalization
Email: amitm@mail.sapir.ac.il

Sapir Academic College views internationalization as a comprehensive, college-wide strategic investment that adds a global, intercultural and international dimension to all its activities, while reinforcing its unique institutional vision and mission.  

Our mission is to provide high quality, equitable and accessible higher education in Israel's Southern periphery.
As Israel's largest public college, we operate active diversity and inclusivity policies that attract students with a diverse range of needs and backgrounds.

Sapir Academic College, established in 1998, is devoted to excellence and innovation cultivating leaders who make a difference in the south and nationwide. Located in the Western Negev, less than a mile from the Gaza border, we have 8,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, practical engineering and professional development programs.

We seek students interested in growing intellectually, becoming entrepreneurs that generate change. Our diverse students include Jews, Bedouins, and immigrants (olim), of which 60% are from the south. Many are the first in their families to attend college. We are very proud of the high numbers of IDF veterans that choose to study at Sapir College. Our higher-education access programs include Preparatory-Academy Programs (Mechina), Gateway to Academy: Higher Education Program for Bedouin Students, Scholarship Programs and our Student Resources & Accessibility Center.

Sapir is a student-centered college, dedicated to small classes with welcoming professors, providing the best in classroom experience. Our faculty has a reputation for excellence, delivering innovative courses, meeting the needs of a rapidly changing world, in a supportive environment.

Internationalization is a significant path to advance Sapir mission and vision, contributing to the empowerment of the Sapir community of faculty and students and to the region in which the college operates.
Internationalization enhances the quality of learning and teaching, develops research opportunities, and adds a global, intercultural and international dimension to the curriculum across academic departments.

One of the key success factors for sustainable internationalization is to remain true to the Sapir College authentic institutional identity. It is equally important that internationalization resonates with the Sapir value and belief systems and−is not introduced−as an artificial imperative. Moreover, internationalization initiatives should have a strong academic rationale, support a merit-based approach and should involve several stakeholders across the institution.

Sapir College has several hallmark points of strength, which make a unique contribution to the field of internationalization and to its collaboration with international partners:

  • Social involvement: Sapir College is a leader of social involvement among Israeli higher education institutions. Knowledge and experience accumulated in this area serve as an important platform to establish international ties. The college is also active in the field of social involvement globally, operating Social Work programs in India, Ethiopia and Germany and takes part in EU projects to promote social entrepreneurship.
  • Media: Sapir College has several academic programs in the field of media such as, film, television, animation, music, journalism, radio and digital. This has enabled successful collaborations with international partners over the years. The film school holds the annual Cinema South International Film Festival in Sderot and its students develop joint projects with international partners in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and more.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Sapir College established an entrepreneurship and innovation center called the eXlab, which offers Sapir students and local innovators an entrepreneurial zone to develop projects. The eXlab's 700 square meter multi-purpose space, furnished with a hi-tech vibe & equipment hosts is an extraordinary hi-tech hub, promoting entrepreneurship in various fields. The eXlab collaborates with the Regional Council of Sha'ar HaNegev to establish a platform for the promotion of innovation in the periphery, creating a unique eco-system of academia, industry and the surrounding community. The eXlab works on joint curricula with Warsaw University and participates in Erasmus+ capacity building projects.

Internationalization efforts are invested strategically in several directions at Sapir College:

  • Erasmus+ Capacity Building Projects: Sapir College has participated in over 10 Capacity Building Projects and is presently in the process of submitting applications to new projects. Participation in these projects has yielded significant deliverables in the form of new academic curricula, an institutional strategy for internationalization and valuable ties with consortium partners in Israel and Europe.
  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility: Sapir College has several staff mobility agreements with countries across Europe, which serve to make a significant impact on individual faculty members academics and their respective departments, as well as contribute to the enrichment of program curricula.
  • Internationalization of the Curriculum: Sapir College is in the process of aligning its curricula with the Bologna guidelines, focusing on a student-centered approach to pedagogy. The Unit for Quality in Teaching and Learning regularly provides workshops for faculty development in this area, facilitating reflection on learning and teaching and giving faculty members new tools with which to approach teaching. There are 3 specialty forums dedicated to the promotion of innovative teaching operated by Sapir faculty members.
  • Developing virtual exchange courses: Sapir College is also investing resources in developing a selection of virtual exchange courses across all academic departments in order to add an international, global and intercultural dimension into the curriculum, promote techno-pedagogic know how, generate innovative academic content and provide all students with an international experience.
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Project Duration: 2020-2023
Coordinator: The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo

Additional Israeli Partners:

  • Sapir Academic College
  • Kibbutzim College of Education
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
  • Tel Hai College
  • National Union of Israeli Students

European Partners:

  • European Foundation for Management Development Belgium
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Germany
  • University of Deusto Spain
  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam Netherlands
  • Università degli Studi di Padova Italy
  • SA Estonian Business School Estonia

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Project Duration: 2016-2020
Coordinator: Gordon Academic College of Education

CURE is a multi-national project, together with Georgia, coordinated by Gordon Academic College of Education. CURE enhances the quality of academic education for teacher-training through designing, developing, piloting, disseminating, and exploiting curricular reform for civic education (CE) in partner countries and beyond through:

  • Developing and piloting new courses on civic education
  • Faculty and teacher training of workshops.
  • Establishing Center for Social and Civic Involvement with student activities
  • Publishing handbooks, participating in conference that disseminate CURE’s dynamic programs.

Israeli Partners:

  • The College of Sakhnin for Teacher Education
  • Academic College of Education Givat Washington
  • The David Yellin Academic College of Education
  • Sapir Academic College

Partner HEIs in Georgia:

  • Ilia State University
  • Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  • Samtskhe-Javakheti State University
  • Shota Rustaveli State University
  • Kutaisi University

Programme Country HEIs:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
  • Pädagogische Hochschule OÖ, Austria
  • Paris-London-Universitat Salzburg, Austria
  • Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Poland

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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi¬ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Project Duration: 2016 - 2019
Coordinator: Tel-Hai College

The SILICE project will develop an open source platform that promotes social innovation ideas and international cooperation at regional level between the EU, Israel and India. It also seeks to tackle cross-cutting issues like gender-balance and equal opportunities for women. This project will develop a creative and supportive environment in partner HEIs through the establishment of SinnoLABs (Social Innovation Labs) which will contribute to the development of social economy enterprises in their diverse forms (including social enterprises) which play an important role in increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of the Israeli and Indian economy in many different ways.

Israeli HEIs:

  • Iinterdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
  • Oranim Academic College of Education
  • Sapir Academic College
  • The College of Sakhnin for Teacher Education

HEIs in India:

  • University of Pune
  • KIIT University
  • Lokmanya Tilak jankalyan shikshan sanstha
  • Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences

Programme HEIs:

  • Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  • The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Veleuciliste Vern, Croatia
  • Universidade De Lisboa, Portugal

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Project Duration: 2016 - 2019
Coordinator: Shekar College of Engineering and Design

The project aspires to be the catalyst of change in HE for creative professions as well as the entire creative economy eco-system. This will be done by ensuring that graduates in creative disciplines are fitted with updated leadership and entrepreneurship capacities and skills that enable them to maintain life-long portfolio careers and to enhance 21st century creative economies.

Israeli Partners:

  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
  • College of Management Academic Studies
  • Hadassah Academic College
  • Sapir Academic College
  • LAHAV - Israel Federation of Small Business Development
  • Associated partners: Israel Ministry of Economy and JVP Media Studio

Programme Country Partners:

  • Creative Business Cup, Denmark
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • University of Brighton, UK
  • EBS Education OU, Estonia
  • MTÜ Loov Eesti, Estonia
  • Iceland Academy of The Arts, Island
  • THNK Social Enterprise BV, School of Creative Leadership, Netherlands

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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi¬ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.” 

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Project Duration: 2015 - 2018
Coordinator: Ort Braude College of Engineering

The project aims to develop and implement an innovative technological infrastructure for the purpose of advancing internationalization in higher education, and thereby to expand the practical applications of internationalization in Israeli academic colleges, to strengthen the capacities for teaching, learning, research, and training, and to improve the quality and positioning of Israeli state-funded academic colleges in higher education.

Israeli Partners:

  • Sapir Academic College
  • Al-Qasemi Academy
  • Beit Berl College
  • Kaye College
  • Tel-Hai College
  • The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo
  • Associated Partner: VARAM

Programme Country Partners:

  • Kingston University Higher Education Cooperation, UK
  • Padagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg, Germany
  • Politechnika Warszawska, Poland
  • Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
  • Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Universite De Montpellier, France

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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi¬ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.” 

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Project Duration: 2016 - 2018
Coordinator: Haifa University

Project DARE focuses on providing inclusive education in higher education for students from three vulnerable groups: women, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities. The project will assist individuals with special needs to access education, to enjoy everyday life and to overcome discrimination against them in society by providing support services and raising public awareness and acceptance. Another venue to accomplish equal opportunities for target groups is training academic and administrative staff to deliver accessible service. Thus, within DARE different professional groups will be provided with training program for enhancing their ability to approach properly individuals with disabilities and ethnic minorities.

Israeli Partners:

  • Achva Academic College
  • Gordon Academic College of ducation
  • Sapir Academic College
  • Associated partners: Nitzan and Rashi Foundation

Other Programme country Partners:

  • European Access Network, UK
  • Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, Lithuania
  • Masarykova Univerzita, Czech Republic
  • Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza Din Iasi, Romania


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EMAIL III Project logo

Project Period: 2013-2017

Project subject:  students exchange program sponsored by the EU, enabling Sapir students a study abroad opportunity for a period of one semester in a European university.

Our partners: Masaryk University - Czech Republic, University of Granada - Spain, The Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, Interdisciplinary Center, University of Haifa, and more.

The project aims to create partnerships between institutions of higher education in Europe, to encourage faculty exchange and  research programs and to promote European higher education in Israel. Our vision is to introduce  different learning cultures to students, who will in turn develop heightened cultural and academic awareness.

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Project Period: 2013-2016
Coordinator: Hadassah Academic College - Israel

The projects is aimed towards developing new syllabi, courses and activities in LLL, which build on existing promising initiatives in the partner universities, but develop and disseminate them so that they are seen as an indispensable part of the curriculum entitlement of all students, including students in the applied fields and professionals practicing in these fields.
The consortium address the challenge of academic institutions to maintain their relevance by developing higher education curricula directed at constructing novel teaching/learning approaches of Evidence Based Practice and Learning (EBP & EBL), Team Based Learning (TBL) and New Learning Environments (NLE), some of which already practiced by the expert members from the EU institutes supporting the curricula development effort.

Israeli Partners:

  • Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts
  • Gordon, The Academic College of Education
  • Bar Ilan University
  • The Academic Kinneret College in the Jordan Valley
  • Sapir Academic College

 
Programme Country Partners:

  • Inovamais-Serviços de Consultadoria em Inovação Tecnológica – Portugal
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – Spain
  • Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg – Austria
  • Hochschule Aalen – Germany
  • University of Dublin, Trinity College – Ireland
  • Latvia Culture college at Latvian Academy of Culture – Latvia
  • Polytechnic Institute of Santarém – Portugal
  • ISCTE–Instituto Universitário de Lisboa – Portugal
  • GIMBE Foundation – Italy
DOIT Project logo

Project Period: 2013-2015
Coordinator: Gordon College of Education

Subject: Develop an international model for curricular reform in multicultural education and cultural diversity training.
Project objectives: training teachers in cultural diversity and developing educational programs, which promote pluralistic values and leadership based on mutual respect, and understanding, and enhance attitudes of tolerance and coexistence among different cultural, ethnic, religious and secular groups in Israel.

Israeli Partners:

  • Sakhnin College of Education
  • IDC
  • Sapir Academic College
  • Ben-Gurion University
  • Kaye College of Education
  • IDC's Student's Union
  • The Interfaith Encounter Association

Programme Country Partners:

  • Ilia State University – Georgia
  • Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University – Georgia
  • Sokhumi State University – Georgia
  • lakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University – Georgia
  • Akhaltsikhe State Teaching University – Georgia
  • Akhalkalaki Higher Education Instituion – College – Georgia
  • University of Koblenz-Landau – Germany
  • Institute of Education, University of London – United Kingdom
  • Birkbeck University of London – United Kingdom
  • Padagogische Hochschule Oberosterreich – Austria
  • Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen – Netherlands
  • Centre for Civil Integration and Inter Ethnic Relations – Georgia
  • Civic Development Institute – Georgia
  • Jaan Tonissoi Istituut – Estonia

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IDEA Project logo

Project Period: 2012-2015
Coordinator: Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

The project aims to modernize the multi-disciplinary culture at the organizational level through new synergies among the disciplines of engineering, design and business- involving industry; to create tools and methods to establish a common framework and language between educators and students from different disciplines and to equip them with the skills and attributes needed to work in interdisciplinary environments; and to establish institutional operational mechanism to enhance the knowledge triangle performance and academy-industry collaboration.

Israeli Partners:

  • Holon Institute of Technology
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Sapir Academic college
  • The NB School of Design
  • Manufacturing Association of Israel

Programme Country Partners:

  • Material ConneXion - Italy
  • Politechnico Di Milano - Italy
  • Universitat Politecnica de Valencia - Spain
  • Malardalen University - Sweden
  • Cologne University of Applied Sciences - Germany
  • University of Brighton - UK
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Project Period: 2012-2015
Coordinator: ORT Braude College of Engineering

Aim of the Project: to foster academic International Relations in Israeli Colleges, to promote education, research and innovation; and to improve the academic quality as well as the status and competitiveness of public colleges vis-à-vis universities and private colleges through the development of internationalism capabilities and culture at the colleges.

Israeli Partners:

  • Sapir Academic College
  • Kaye Academic College of Education
  • ORT Hermelin Academic College of Engineering and Technology
  • Beit Berl College
  • The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College
  • Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education
  • The National Union of Israeli Students
  • The Committee of College Presidents

Programme Country Partners:

  • University of Bristol - UK
  • Warsaw University of Technology - Poland
  • Pedagogosche Hochschule Karnten - Austria
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Italy
  • Centre for higher education development consult - Germany
  • European Foundation for Management Development - Belgium
  • Universita Carlo Cattaneo - Italy
  • The European Association for International Education - The Netherlands
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Project Period: 2012-2015
Project Coordinator: Universita' Degli Studi Dell'Aquila - Italy

Subject: "Students Support and Development Services – SSDS"
The project aims: to establish in Higher Education Institutions  from GE/KZ/KG/AZ/IL advanced and updated services to students and alumni,  based on specially designed methodologies and tools according to the best European practices, able to meet the needs of a globalized world and to develop a quality assurance culture among students and staff.
The project promotes the development of international infrastructure and services for students and faculty, by offering sustainable student and faculaty exchange programs. This requires extensive collaboration between the Student Union, Student Dean Office, Communication Department and Technology Marketing Department.

Israeli Partners:

  • Sapir Academic College, IL
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Sapir Student Union

Programme Country Partners:

  • Middlesex University - UK
  • Fondazione dell’Università degli Studi dell’Aquila - Italy
  • Tallinna Ülikool - Estonia
  • “Stefan cel Mare " University of Suceava – Romania

Project Coordinator: Sami Shamoon College of Engineering - Israel

Aim of the project: to foster teaching in the English language in higher education by using creative tools and innovative approaches, as well as enhancing the education-innovation-research triangle, and will promote cooperation and uniformity among institutions of higher education in European Union countries while creating a broad educational matrix based on common goals, objectives, and standards.

Israeli Partners:

  • Holon Institution of Technology
  • The Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya
  • Ort Braude college
  • Sapir college
  • The Council for Higher Education
  • Young entrepreneurs Israel
  • Student's Union SCE
  • Student's Union IDC
  • Student's Union Ort Braude

Programme Country Partners:

  • The University of L’Aquila - Italy
  • The University of Nicosia - Cyprus
  • Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences - Poland
  • University of Leicester - UK

Erasmus + Programs

Academic Department International Partner
Culture, Creation and Production SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland
Human Resource Management SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland
Public Policy and Administration Split University, Croatia
School of Communication HDM Stuttgart, Germany
Film School Art Academy, Vilnius, Lithuania
School of Social Work Emden, Germany
School of Social Work Dresden, Germany

ConAct Programs

Academic Department International Partner
Public Policy and Administration Bremen, Germany
School of Communication Hahn, Germany

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Programs

Academic Depatment International Partner
School of Social Work Chemnitz TU, Germany