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Privatization in the higher education systems

Privatization in Higher Education

 

January 7-8, 2008

 

 The Samuel Neaman Institute
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel

 

 

Sponsored by 

 

The Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


Azrieli Center for Economic Policy (ACEP)
Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel


Bashaar – Academic Community for Israeli Society
Tel Aviv, Israel


United States-Israel Educational Foundation
Tel Aviv, Israel

 

 

The symposium is being organized and sponsored by the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, the Bashaar-Academic Community for Israeli Society, the Azrieli Center for Economic Policy (ACEP), Department of Economics,  Bar-Ilan University and the United States – Israel Educational Foundation, (the Fulbright Commission for Israel) with the participation of the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities.  The symposium is a spin-off of the activity of the Higher Education Forum, sponsored by Bashaar, the Neaman Institute and USIEF.  The Forum has convened on a regular basis for the past two years, promoting dialogue on higher education policy issues between leading figures from Israel's research universities and its academic colleges.

 

Developments in the Israeli higher education system over the past 15 years have created a situation of growing demand for higher education, which cannot be met by limited public sector budgets.  These conditions provide an opportunity for private providers of higher education to increase their share of the education "market". The symposium will provide a forum for open and free discourse on this situation and the policy challenges which it creates.

 

DAY 1 - Monday January 7
 
08:45 – 09:15 OPENING SESSION - view video
Chair: Prof. Nadav Liron, Director, The Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Prof. Yitzhak Apeloig, President, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Prof. Elise S. Brezis, Director, Azrieli Center for Economic Policy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Prof. Mordechai Shechter, Bashaar-Academic Community for Israeli Society, Israel
Mr. Dan Vilenski, Chairman of the Board of Directors, United States-Israel Educational Foundation, Israel
09:15 – 10:00 Keynote Presentation - view video
Prof. Sheldon Rothblatt, UC Berkeley, USA
“What does it Mean to be 'Private'? Notes from History”
10:15 – 12:15 SESSION 1, Part 1 - CURRENT TRENDS IN THE PRIVATIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION - view video
Chair: Prof. Zehev Tadmor, Chairman of the Board, The Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Prof. Daniel C. Levy, University at Albany, SUNY, USA
“The Global Growth of Private Higher Education: Comparing Against U.S. Reality.” - presentation
Prof. Guy Neave, Twente University, The Netherlands; Centro de Investigacão de Politicas do Ensino Superior, Porto, Portugal
“Trends in Europe”
Steven Stav, Director General of the Council for Higher Education and VATAT (the Planning & Budgeting Committee), Israel
“Trends in Israel” - presentation
Discussant: Prof. Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel

Questions & Answers
13:15 – 15:15 SESSION I, Part 2 - CURRENT TRENDS IN THE PRIVATIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION - view video
Chair: Prof. Moshe Kaveh, President, Bar-Ilan Unihttp://www.neaman.org.il/Neaman/news/event_item.asp?fid=835versity, Israel

Prof. Jandhyala B. G. Tilak, Head, Department of Educational Finance, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, India
“Current Trends of the Private Sector in Higher Education in Asia” - presentation
Prof. Ali Dogramaci, Rector, Bilkent University, Turkey
“Private University Initiatives in Turkey: The Bilkent Experience” - presentation
Prof. Grant Harman, Centre for Higher Education Management and Policy,
University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
“Australian Experience with Private Higher Education” - presentation
Discussant: Prof. Guy Neave, Twente University, The Netherlands; Centro de Investigacão de Politicas do Ensino Superior, Porto, Portugal

Questions & Answers
15:30 – 17:30 SESSION II - THE ROLE OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HIGHER-EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN THE ECONOMY - view video
http://www.neaman.org.il/Neaman/news/event_item.asp?fid=835
Chair: Prof. Rivka Carmi, President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Prof. Philippe Aghion, Department of Economics, Harvard University, USA - presentation
“Economic Growth and the Financing of Higher Education”
Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, Vice-President R&D, Tel Aviv University; Bashaar, Israel - presentation

“Responsible Technology Transfer in Starving Universities”
Prof. Uri Kirsch, Vice Chairman of VATAT (Planning and Budgeting Committee), The Council for Higher Education, Israel - presentation
“Commercialization of Programs within Public Institutions - the View of VATAT”
Discussant: Prof. Sheldon Rothblatt, UC Berkeley, USA

Questions & Answers
17:30 – 19:30 SESSION III - EFFECTS OF PRIVATIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION ON SOCIAL NEEDS - view video
Chair: Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, Chairman, Bashaar; The Hebrew University, Israel

Ranan Hartman, Chairman, Ono Academic College, Israel
“The Social Responsibility of the Institutions of Higher Education in Israel” - presentation
Prof. Elise S. Brezis, Director, Azrieli Center for Economic Policy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel - presentation
“Effects of Privatization on the Quality of Higher Education”
Prof. Thorsten Nybom, Deputy Vice-chancellor, Orebro University, Sweden
“The Future Constitional Forms and Institutional Governance of European Universities – A Matter of politicized 'Autonomy'?”
Discussant: Prof. Yaacov Iram, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Questions & Answers
DAY 2 - Tuesday January 8
 
09:30 – 11:30 SESSION IV - THE GRADUAL PRIVATIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ISRAEL - view video
Chair: Dr. Neal Sherman, Director, United States-Israel Educational Foundation, Israel

Prof. Uriel Reichman, President, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Isael
Dr. Raanan Har-Zahav, Advocate, Israel
“Privatization of Higher Education and Constitutional Principles”
Prof. Zvi Arad, President, Netanya Academic College, Israel
“The Revolution of Privatization of Higher Education in Israel”
Discussant: Prof. Gad Ariav, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Questions & Answers
11:45 – 13:45 SESSION V - COMMERCIALIZATION OF PROGRAMS WITHIN PUBLIC HIGHER INSTITUTIONS - view video
Chair: Prof. Moshe Many, President, Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

Prof. Gabriel Motzkin, Director, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel
“Non-Commercial Value in Higher Education and the Challenge of Commercialization”
Prof. Eliezer Shalev, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
“Private Program within a Public Medical Faculty”
Prof. Shoshana Arad, President, Ruppin Academic Center; VARAM, Israel - - presentation
“The impact of the Privatization Process on the Higher Education in Israel”
Discussant: Dr. Meir Zadok, Director, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Israel

Questions & Answers
15:00 – 17:30 SESSION VI - PANEL REFLECTIONS ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION - view video
Chair: Prof. Mordechai Shechter, University of Haifa; Bashaar, Israel

Prof. Philippe Aghion, Harvard University, USA
Prof. Morton M. Denn, City University of New York, USA
Prof. Nehemia Friedland, President, Tel Aviv – Jaffa Academic College, Israel
Mr. Gury Zilkha, Consultant, Higher Education, former Director-General of MALAG/VATAT
Prof. Zvi Piran, Dean, Jerusalem School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University, Israel
Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Head, National Economic Council, Prime Minister's Office, Israel
Prof. Zehev Tadmor, Chairman, Samuel Neaman Institute, Technion, Israel

Questions & Answers
Closing Remarks