Ariel University's Status Endorsed by Less Than Half of National Educational Body

Only 11 of 24-member Council for Higher Education showed up at meeting that rubber-stamped controversial decision to give university status to West Bank academic institution.

Less than half of the Council for Higher Education endorsed on Tuesday Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar's decision granting the Ariel University Center of Samaria official status, Haaretz has learned. All told, only 11 of the 24 council members actually showed up at the meeting convened by Sa'ar on Tuesday. One of the members abstained from voting, while the rest supported the measure.