Professor Yaarah Bar-On, President
The Spirit of Oranim
Oranim Academic College of Education is home for people who see education as their mission. It is a community of thinkers and practitioners who work diligently in the field of education, building Israel as a fair, egalitarian, and just society – in the spirit of Israel's Declaration of Independence. Founded (1951) on a green hilltop in the North, Oranim is a leader of social change.
An institution of higher education, Oranim College grants bachelor’s and master’s degrees to educators in a broad range of fields and disciplines, from the humanities and social sciences to the physical and natural sciences. The Oranim experience is one of demanding study and discipline. The college has a reputation for expertise in the field of education, for the ability to respond to what is happening in the field, and for insisting that practice inform theory. Oranim believes in inclusive education and embraces diversity, creativity, and responsibility.
A Sense of Mission
Oranim’s mission is to shape Israeli society and to improve the quality of life in Israel by training educators who are leaders in their communities. Oranim offers educators guidance and support through a wide network of connections between communities. Oranim strives to serve as a national and international center of knowledge, inquiry, and discussion, developing innovative educational ideas and methods. Through dialogue and ongoing mutual relationships, Oranim seeks to strengthen the sense of connection between the diverse cultures in Israel, and between Israel and the Jewish world, as well as the world at large.
1. Programs and Training: Developing innovative teaching and learning methods and skills; updating teacher training programs based on synergy between different disciplines; encouraging creativity, curiosity, and independent learning; integrating knowledge, emotions, and values.
2. Faculty: Nourishing a high quality faculty, both professionally and academically, outstanding in its intellectual excellence, critical thinking, and social action; encouraging a research culture; and promoting international relationships and collaborations.
3. Students: Setting high standards and clear criteria for advancing and evaluating students; creating a supportive community and welcoming environment.
4. Advanced Studies: Promoting continuing education for teachers throughout their careers; developing programs for international students in education, Israeli society, and Jewish culture.