For First Time in History, Technion to Teach Engineering in Russia

Israeli university hopes to lure top students from Former Soviet Union to course, which is based on a similar program in English.

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Haifa's Technion is to teach courses in Russian next year for the first time in its history. Russian-speaking students in the international engineering and sciences programs of the Technion Institute of Technology will study in Russian in their first year, along with Hebrew-language studies. In the second year they will begin to take their course work in Hebrew.

The goal of the program, which is being implemented jointly with Nativ, the forum of Israeli cultural centers in the countries of the Former Soviet Union, is to attract outstanding students from the FSU to the Technion.

“The program in Russian is based on the success of a similar program in English that has been underway for a number of years with the participation of outstanding students from around the world, half from developed countries and half from developing countries, such as India and China,” said Prof. Arnon Bentur, head of the Technion’s international school.

All students accepted must study for 16 weeks in the Technion’s pre-academic preparatory program and pass its requirements, which are the same for all students in the institution's international school.  

In addition to intensive Hebrew studies, the Russian-speaking students will also take a course in Middle Eastern history to give them a better understanding of Israel and the region. The Hebrew-language studies program was formulated by and is under the supervision of the Technion’s Department of Humanities and Arts. 

The Technion's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Credit: Hagai Frid

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