You will be hearing a few lectures during orientation week about Israel. All of you have a various familiarity with this country and different relationships with this country. Over the course of this year all of your relationships and understanding of this country will change – even for those born and raised here. What I’m interested in discussing here for a few moments is how you talk about Israel when you’re answering the question: “Why did you study in Israel” or “what is unique about getting your MBA in Israel.” I’m not going through the facts or figures of what makes this country an amazing country to study business in. You’ll be hearing more of this later today and tomorrow – and will be personally exposed to this throughout your year. What I do want to discuss with you is this:
What we see in our students is that through the course of the program they develop a new understanding of what is possible and what they are capable of
The above points are the three main characteristics that we find our students talk about when describing the uniqueness of the Israel and the Israeli economy. As business students Israel is a very exciting and accessible place which provides a great “playground” for learning and networking. We encourage each presenter to describe these points through the prism of their own experiences. Personal stories are welcome!
And at the heart of it all is Tel Aviv – Israel’s most cosmopolitan city
Tel Aviv is the youngest city in Israel and one of the youngest cities in the world. Roughly 1/3 of the population is between the ages of 18 and 35 Therefore, the city offers a lot of options fun options geared towards our students’ demographic. Bars, restaurants, nightlife, beaches, parties, shopping, events.. Again, presenters are encouraged to present this through their own personal perspective
Tel Aviv is a very accessible city with most residents spending a lot of their time outdoors (strolling, sitting on benches, in cafes, on the beach). The city is quite small and can be accessed in it’s entirety by bike very easily (now the city offers public bikes). Additionally, especially for women, it’s important to note that Tel Aviv is a very safe city. It’s a 24 hour city so there are always people about and women generally feel very safe walking around by themselves. You might get questions regarding Tel Aviv’s safety in regards to terrorism. We encourage you here to answer these questions from your personal experience. How did you feel in Tel Aviv? Were you scared? Did you ever encounter a situation where you were suspicious or fearful? What happened?
Tel Aviv has a culture that is both laid back and intense at the same time. People really do work hard but they also have an uncanny ability to do it with a laid back attitude and make plenty of time to lounge in cafes with that perfect cappuccino. The scene you see in this picture is one you would encounter a lot in Tel Aviv – entrepreneurs in a coffee shop working on their ideas. This “laidbackness” always makes it’s way into boardrooms and office culture – where jeans are the norms and you’ll never find a tie in site.
Tel Aviv has a growing boutique culture. The city is full of shops dedicated to: wine, olive oil, cosmetics, jewelry and fashion. Also Tel Aviv is increasingly showing up on the radar of large multinational stores. For example the United Colors of Benetton and H&M opened shops stores in Tel Aviv in 2011. Tel Aviv also hosts one of the most profitable American Apparels in the world.
And of course there is always the beach that runs all along the city. Although it can get a bit cold in the summer, Telavivians are beach goers all year long.
In addition to the sciences, other faculties at Tel Aviv University excel. For example, the music school and the film school at TAU are internationally renowned. In addition to winning the prizes mentioned here, two Israel films were recently awarded an Oscar nomination. Their directors were graduates of Tel Aviv Univesrity’s film school.
These are the program’s that Tel Aviv University offers to International Graduate students on the Master’s level. Sofaer students have the option to take electives in other Master programs at the University if they are approved by the Academic Director. Exchange students also have access to this option, although they must have the course approved by Recanati’s Exchange Director and their home institution. It’s also good for potential exchange students to know that Tel Aviv has a vibrant international program’s community.
The person that they should connect with regarding all of these options is Sharon Shaked, Recanati’s Exchange Director, at ShakedS@tauex.tau.ac.il (her email will be posted at the end of the slide)
Sharon is Recanati’s Exchang Director and can be contacted regarding the exchange program, the Doing Business in Israel (DBI) course and the Sofaer International Case Competition Erin is Sofaer’s Admission Director and can be contacted with inquiries regarding the Sofaer International MBA
PowerPoint Presentation for Sofaer Students on Exchange
<ul><li>Out of over 18,000 ranked universities, TAU was ranked 114 t h and 138 th in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Placing TAU in the top 1% bracket of ranked universities worldwide </li></ul>
29,000 students We are the Largest University in Israel Tel Aviv University has over
student volunteer hours annually 300,000 Tel Aviv University students give
scientific publications year 4,000 per Tel Aviv University has over
Research Laboratories 400 Tel Aviv University has
in patents filed by Israeli universities #1 Tel Aviv University is
in research output among Israeli universities #1 Tel Aviv University is
in research impact among Israeli universities #1 Tel Aviv University is
183 125 International Film Prizes in the last five years Tel Aviv University has won
International Students Annually 800 Tel Aviv University has over
International Study Programs 14 Tel Aviv University offers
International Master Programs <ul><li>Sofaer International MBA Conflict Resolution and Mediation Security and Diplomacy Social Work with specialization in Crisis and Trauma Studies Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages Environmental Studies Jewish Studies Executive Masters in Public Health, Emergency & Disaster Management Political Science in Action: Leadership, Communication and Elections Sackler School of Medicine International Music Program Migration Studies </li></ul>
Opportunities for Visiting Business Students Student Exchange Spend a semester or module at Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business. Doing Business in Israel (DBI) A 10-day, 3-credit course that connects participants to the unique entrepreneurial mindset of the Israeli business community. Sofaer International Case Competition Battled it out with MBA students from around the world for USD 10,000 in prize money.
<ul><li>Launched in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>1-year MBA designed for international and Israeli students </li></ul><ul><li>Class of 2011 graduated 45 students from 17 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Courses run in 6-week modules </li></ul><ul><li>All courses run in English </li></ul>The Sofaer International MBA
Sample of Sofaer Courses <ul><li>Entrepreneurship and Health Care Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Real Estate Development </li></ul><ul><li>Business Game </li></ul><ul><li>Investments </li></ul><ul><li>HR Management </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Sales Management </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development </li></ul><ul><li>Hightech M&A </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Finance and the Venture Capital </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>Pricing Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Crisis Management </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Statement Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship and New Ventures </li></ul><ul><li>Hedge Fund Management </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Economics </li></ul>
CONNECT WITH US ONLINE <ul><li>Visiting Students </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon Shaked: ShakedS@tauex.tau.ac.il </li></ul><ul><li>Online: www.imba.tau.ac.il/visitingstudents </li></ul>Sofaer International MBA Erin Kopelow: [email_address] Online: www. imba.tau.ac.il