בית הספר למדעי הים, רופין
University affiliate: Ruppin Academic Center
Organization main fields of activities:
The school offers two undergraduate programs with CHE accreditation:
- BSc in Marine Sciences and Marine Environment
- BSc in Marine Biotechnology
The school also offers two graduate programs with CHE accreditation:
- MSc in Marine Sciences
- MA in Marine Resource Management
In addition to its educational and research activities, the School of Marine Sciences strives to promote awareness throughout Israeli society regarding the Mediterranean Sea’s importance and impact on the wellbeing of those residing on its shores as well as its role as a source of food, an economic resource, the main trade route for imports and exports, an asset with research and diplomatic potential, a nature reserve, and a major recreational site for residents and tourists.
- Marine Sciences Campus at Mikhmoret
- Teaching Faculty
- Administrative Staff
- Further Studies and Employment Opportunities for Alumni
he School of Marine Sciences at the Ruppin Academic Center was founded in 1997 and originally known as the Marine College of Israel. It operated under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its alumni received an undergraduate degree from Hebrew University until 2001. The college was established by: Emek Hefer Regional Council Head Rani Idan; former vice president of the Technion, Prof. Danny Wolf, of blessed memory; Prof. Micha Spira of Hebrew University; and Daphna Pergament, who headed its administration until 2007. A nonprofit organization operated alongside the college to raise funds for it and guide it toward its goals. The organization’s members were experts in various aspects of oceanography hailing from industry, academia, and the military.
In 2003, the college became the third school of the Ruppin Academic Center, joining what were then the School of Social Sciences and Management and the School of Engineering. At that point, its name changed to the School of Marine Sciences and it became an integral part of this public college approved by the Israeli Council for Higher Education’s (CHE) and budgeted by the Planning and Budget Committee subsidizes (PBC). The School of Marine Sciences at the Ruppin Academic Center is the only institution in Israel that grants a BSc in marine sciences.
Teaching and Research Infrastructure
The school’s facilities include an array of sophisticated labs: a lab for teaching and researching molecular biology; genetics, biotechnology, chemistry, biology, and microbiology labs; and a unit for sustainable cultivation of transgenic fish intended for advanced marine science, life science, and medical research.
In addition, there is a running seawater lab to research the Mediterranean Sea (the only facility of its kind in Israel), a lab specializing in natural products extracted from the sea, and a research vessel. The labs contain cutting-edge equipment to facilitate teaching and research of oceanographic topics at the highest academic level.
About the Academic Experience
The academic program devotes many hours to lab work, field trips, and research projects. The high percent of alumni that continue on to graduate studies indicates that the experience gained in the comprehensive lab activities at the Mikhmoret campus contributes greatly to future success.
The varied curriculum includes diving courses at different skill levels as well as sailing (skippering) courses in which the students sail along the Israeli coast, to Cyprus, and to Greece. (Participation in sailing, diving, and skipper certification courses, among others, entails additional fees beyond tuition, but their cost is partially subsidized for students of the School of Marine Sciences.)
The intimate, distinctive campus and the special character of our sea-loving students creates a warm, pleasant atmosphere. Campus life is rich in social and community activities.