It’s easy to spot the positive impact of the Azrieli College of Engineering around Jerusalem – like the offices of one cybersecurity startup with funding in the millions whose founders met at the college.
Director of Resource Development Judi Srebro says she has only to walk through the halls, and she’ll see “a student with a hijab from East Jerusalem with a Jewish student, studying together.”
The student body of about 1,600 is diverse in terms of both religion and gender.
“Everybody’s welcome, and we strive to provide them with the tools and support they need to thrive,” says Srebro. Graduates have a 97 per cent rate of employment, and “anywhere you turn your head in Jerusalem, there’s building and development going on. We are in severe need of civil engineers of all kinds.”
In 2022, the Azrieli Foundation made a new five-year gift so the college could establish the new Azrieli Centre for Excellence in Engineering Education (also called Azrieli E3).
Srebro says the college is excited to launch its four-year degree program in civil engineering in the fall – making it the only institution offering a program in civil engineering in Jerusalem.
“We’re empowering the people of this region and working in concert with local industry,” she says. “So, our students are learning what’s needed and being empowered to be professional, self-sufficient and socially responsible.”