Located in the City of Ariel, a bustling community of 20,000 people in the Samarian hills, the Ariel University (AU) is helping to pioneer a new future for Israel and its younger generation. Its location is less than an hour’s drive from both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and about 20 minutes from Herzliya. From its inception, Ariel University has integrated research and development into its prime goal of educating the next generation of Israelis. By pursuing this two-pronged agenda practically, with an eye to the needs of the Israeli and world economy, AU maintains an atmosphere of excellence in both research and scholarship that attracts thousands of students from all over the country.
Ariel University was founded in 1982 as a regional branch of Bar-Ilan University. Originally located in the settlement of Kedumim it moved to Ariel where it built a larger campus and went on to become the largest Israeli public college. In the 2004–05 academic year, the affiliation with Bar Ilan ended and it became an independent college. Ariel University has 26 departments for BA, MA, BSc and B.Arch studies, in three faculties and three schools. In 2011, it had a student population of 14,000, with a branch in Tel Aviv. All degrees are recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
- Crystalline formations used in the production of surgical lasers for more precise, less painful medical procedures
- A steering devices capable of detecting stress in pilots and drivers and warning them to take steps to reduce strain and ensure safety
- Brain research that has identified and replaced genes responsible for depression in laboratory mice, working toward possible human applications
- Replacing the use of chrome in metal coating processes for automobiles and aircraft. AU research has developed an alternative aluminum-based process providing the same reinforcement and anti-corrosive properties as chrome, which is known to be toxic and carcinogenic.
- A house that changes its physical configuration with the seasons to make it more energy efficient is being planned and built by students of architecture at AU. The team of students will be the only Israeli delegation to compete in the prestigious 2010 European Solar Decathlon contest.
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