Academic Development

Here is a description of some new course offerings, programs, and developments, some of them exclusive to the University of Haifa, that were offered this year for the first time or are being planned for the very near future:

Master’s degree in Management of Natural Resources and the Environment. This new department puts special stress on the reciprocal relations among the environment, resources, economics, and society. The approach is inter-disciplinary, with an overall applied orientation. The department wants to advance teaching and research on environmental problems and the management of natural resources.

Concentration in Learning Disabilities in the Master’s degree program in Counseling in the Dept. of Education. The aim of this concentration is twofold: to prepare experts who will be able to diagnose learning disabilities and to cultivate researchers so as to advance both theory and practice. It is hoped that curriculum developers as well as others in the educational field will be attracted to this program.

Joint B.A. in Law and Computer Sciences. This is a unique, integrated program, the successful conclusion of which leads to a double Bachelor’s degree, one in each area.

Master’s degree in Social Gerontology. The objective is to prepare experts who will be able to fulfill senior posts in the country’s health and welfare services dealing with the aged.

Master’s degree in Quality Studies. To be based in the Dept. of Statistics, it is an inter-disciplinary program based on the tools found not only in statistics, but also in the behavioral sciences, management sciences, and economics. The processes of producing quality products, goods or services, will be studied at both the consumer and the producer level.

The University Senate has approved setting up a Dept. of Japanese Studies, which will teach the culture and politics, traditional and modern, and also the language of Japan.

These new research centers are now functioning:

*Center for the Study of Society, Law, and Crime

* Haifa Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Computer Science

*Center for National Security Studies

*Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions

*Center for the Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism, and Leisure

*Center for the Study of Education for Peace

*Center for Information Society Research

*Center for the Research of French Civilization

The computerization of the University continues apace:

  1. The course catalog is fully on-line and updated as needed—whether changes in course meeting times or the addition of new offerings; the system has a search engine. Registration for courses may also be done by computer.
  2. Students who bring laptops and notebooks—portable computers—now have a designated area where they can plug into the University network.
  3. The Library has instituted reference services via e-mail. Questions of a technical or bibliographic nature may be posted, and answers received, through electronic mail. A computerized voice-response system may be used to renew library loans.
  4. The University has been adding to its series of “computer kiosks” scattered throughout the campus. Each “kiosk” has 6-8 computers for student use. For the first time, full printing services may also be obtained at these kiosks, whether printing of term papers, material from the Internet, articles from the Library’s reserves section, or documents from the Students Administration.





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