Google is to establish a hi-tech school in Israel, offering scholarships to people from under-represented minorities.
The School of Hi-Tech will teach technological and business courses needed to succeed in hi-tech, including programming, software testing, business development, sales, and data analysis.
It will provide equal opportunities for underrepresented populations, including women, the ultra-Orthodox, Arabs, and members of the Ethiopian community, by ensuring that tuition fees will not be a barrier.
Google will provide scholarships to the program’s participants, and admission to the programs will be based on the applicants’ abilities, qualifications, and interpersonal skills.
Studies will take place at the Google Campus in Tel Aviv and at Reichman University in Herzliya. In the future, some of the courses will also be held in the periphery, in both the north and south of the country.
The school will offer academic credits that will count towards an academic degree, as well as the most up-to-date professional training in the industry, and support to ensure high-quality placements and integration into the hi-tech workforce.
The School of Hi-Tech will also reach out to these populations and others in collaboration with civil society and non-profit organizations.
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“The School of Hi-Tech is being established out of national responsibility and a belief that it is only through education that we can promote social mobility,” said Prof Uriel Reichman, Founding President and Chairman of the Board of Reichman University.
“Reichman University continues to work to strengthen social resilience and train the future leadership of Israeli society.”
Barak Regev, Managing Director of Google Israel, said: “We believe that a variety of voices, opinions and perspectives enriches Israeli hi-tech and its developments. Today, we are excited to take this commitment to the next level together with Reichman University.
“During a visit at the beginning of the year by Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google, we pledged to invest an unprecedented amount of 25 million dollars in diversifying hi-tech employment in Israel.
“The School of Hi-Tech at Reichman University, in cooperation with Google, is the first step in our Journey to Tech program, which will enable us to expand the circle of hi-tech employees and at the same time diversify it through skilled and high-quality employees from all parts of the Israeli population.”