Technion–Israel Institute of Technology is launching its new Mechanical Engineering degree for international students in English beginning August 2016, among other options at the undergraduate level. The prestigious Mechanical Engineering faculty at the Technion is among the best in the world and is a leader in research and innovation. The Mechanical Engineering track at Technion includes specializations in solid mechanics, dynamics, mechatronics, control, micro electro-mechanical systems and robotics.
Technion is one of the worlds leading institutes of science and engineering, consistently rated among the worlds top 50. Ranked 6th worldwide for innovation and entrepreneurship in a recent MIT survey, half of Israeli companies traded on NASDAQ were founded by Technion alumni, and Technion was ranked in 7th place by Bloomberg for producing CEOs of American technology companies worth over $1 billion. Locally, Technion has always played a major role in the history of Zionism and later in the history of the State of Israel, with its graduates responsible for physically building the new countrys infrastructure.
In addition to the large range of prestigious academic degrees offered in Hebrew, students from countries around the world have the opportunity to study at Technion entirely in English. Each academic year, approximately 1,000 international students attend Technion, mostly on short-term programs ranging from eight weeks to one year as part of study abroad or exchange programs.
Full degrees in English
A growing number of high-school graduates from a large variety of countries is choosing to complete a full undergraduate degree at Technion in English. Two tracks are currently being offered: a BSc in Civil Engineering and the new BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Our English-language degrees offer an excellent academic level and all the opportunities that a degree from Technion affords, explains Prof. Anat Rafaeli, Director of Technion International. These degrees mirror the full-time Hebrew tracks and are taught by the same Technion faculty.
Technions BSc in Civil Engineering program taught entirely in English trains future engineers to meet the modernization challenges of the 21st century. The four-year program exposes students to structural, economic and construction management aspects of the physical and natural built environment, water resources planning, geoinformatics and transportation engineering.
All of the students who graduated from this program and wanted to continue to a graduate degree were accepted to top graduate schools such as MIT, Stanford, Cornell and Imperial College, and of course Technion. Those who prefer to start their careers find employment upon graduating, notes Prof. Rafaeli.
The new Mechanical Engineering program will provide students with a strong base in the engineering sciences alongside project-based laboratory and design experiences, to develop their independence, creativity and leadership in an era of incredibly rapid technological change. Typically, mechanical engineers are suited for employment in diverse areas, including the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical industry, computer, communications, nanotechnology, robotics and power-generation industries.
The academic curriculum of the programs is managed by the Technion faculty. The International Center oversees all the non-academic needs of the students from abroad and is a veritable hub of international activity. We provide full care for both full-time and visiting undergraduate students, including helping with the application process and visas, organizing social events and assisting with their absorption into the Technion community, elaborates Prof. Rafaeli. For full-degree students, there is a comprehensive Orientation Week to familiarize the newcomers with life in Israel in general and at Technion in particular.
Students who have successfully completed the first year of a full-degree program in English have the option of applying to study in a regular undergraduate study track in Hebrew offered by other engineering and science faculties at the university, provided their grades are high enough and their Hebrew language skills are sufficient. We have quite a few students who want to stay in Israel and make Aliyah. All of our students study Hebrew during the first few semesters of their degree, after which they can apply to transfer to a regular Hebrew track. This is actually more efficient than attending an ulpan, notes Prof. Rafaeli, adding that international students who were educated in a Jewish day school or who spoke Hebrew at home usually dont have a high enough level of Hebrew to study in a Hebrew program from the beginning.
Over the last few years, Technion has developed a global presence with the establishment of the Jacobs Technion–Cornell Innovation Institute in New York and the future establishment of the Technion–Guangdong Institute of Technology in Shantou, China. We believe that Technion can play a main role in reconnecting to the new generation of Jews around the world, by offering them great tools to build their future, asserts Hadas Shafir Shekhter, Technion Internationals Marketing Director, adding that the Engineering degrees in English are at the core of this inclusive approach.