Study entrepreneurship abroad - With entrepreneurship being embedded and integral part of institutes of Israel and Ireland – the two countries have become optimum destinations for students to pursue higher education. Known as a start-up nation, Israel is at the forefront of technology replicating the spirit of Silicon Valley. It has common features with Ireland which is Europe’s most entrepreneurial country with excellent tech start-ups. Both Ireland and Israeli governments have begun several programmes to help young aspiring entrepreneurs so that they can grow their businesses faster. Many of the programmes enable the entrepreneur to turn the idea into a product.
Vel Dhanish is doing masters in cloud computing from National College of Ireland. Ask him why did he opt? “There are numerous start-up companies in Dublin that use current technologies. The large number of data centres and cloud service providers in Ireland allow students to visit their premises. Post studies, it is surely a place with work opportunities in the ICT and finance industry.”
Why these countries?
In the wake of the opening up of the economy and business ecosystem, a good number of high potential entrepreneurs start businesses in these two countries. Tel Aviv is considered as the most technologically influential city. Israel-based Tel Aviv University’s StarTau Entrepreneurship Center is a non-profit organization that educates and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs. Being part of financial and technological capital, the centre gives internship opportunities and takes students to start-up companies. After MIT and Standford, Technion International Israel Institute of Technology is ranked best and known globally for entrepreneurship and innovation in the first comprehensive survey conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Apparently, Technion graduates comprise 70% of the country’s founders and managers of high-tech industries. The country has approximately 375 start-ups per million inhabitants compared to 190 in the US.
Feel of the country
Israel is phenomenally a diverse nation with great history and vibrant culture. With Jerusalem being the oldest city, the most populated, liberal and cosmopolitan country is Tel Aviv teeming with young entrepreneurs, corporate offices with thrilling nightlife. It attracts a large number of student population. The third largest city, Haifa is popular for its industries and is known as the “working man’s city”. Israelis are very hospitable, open and sometimes outspoken. Hebrew is the national language, but English is widely spoken, especially by students.
Beyond the regional violence between Arabs and Jews, there is much more to absorb in Israel. For immigrants, foreign students’ anti-Israeli headlines in news don’t matter. “There is nothing like what we hear in news. There are no missiles flying anywhere. The crime rate in Israel is a bare minimum and I feel safer in Israel than back home. The first language of Israelis is Hebrew but most Israelis are fluent in English so getting by anywhere is not a problem,” says Sooraj Kumar, pursuing BSc in Civil Engineering from Technion International, which administers international programmes of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The universities in Israel rank in the top 100 best universities in the world, while the country's population is the second most educated in the world. This means one is guaranteed to receive an exceptional good education.
The top Israeli universities in QS ranking are Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Bar-llan University. Tel Aviv University’s International school of Engineering offers courses in electrical, electronics. The internship is the integral part of the courses where students gain experience in globally recognized high tech companies and start-ups. Technion is a leading institute in the field of science and technology across the world – popular subjects comprise civil, mechanical, chemical, biotechnology and food engineering etc. Sooraj says: “Our civil engineering department is world renowned for research in water technology.”
International students are guaranteed residential accommodation in the university premises. One does not have to be rich to stay in Israel – cost of living and transportation is pretty cheap in Israel. “The tuition fee per year is $15,000. The dormitory is around $300 and living for me is around 10,000 to 15,000 rupees per month,” says Sooraj.
The Israeli government offers scholarships for Indian students in the subjects like Middle East studies, Hebrew language and literature, agriculture, biology, biotechnology, economics, business management, mass communication, environment studies and chemistry.
Dr. Stavi Baram, Director, Office of International Academic Affairs Ben-Gurion University, Israel, speaks to Careers360
Q. Why your university/ institute must be desirable for Indian students?
A. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a perfect combination of academic excellence, innovative thinking, and vivid campus life. BGU has the highest amount of Indian students in Israel, and they have created their own community within the campus.
Q. Your success behind your positioning in world ranking is entrepreneurship and innovation. Right?
A. We consider innovation and entrepreneurship as a major factor of our university, and so we dedicated an ad hoc center for the purpose. The Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Hi-Tech Management in BGU serves as a facilitator, creating and channeling innovation and entrepreneurial activity within the university, the Negev community, and throughout Israel.
BGU, ranked 39 in the most technology advanced universities, considers its deep relationship with the industry as an advantage. The university envisioned the Advanced Technology Park, which is now up and running, adjunct to the university. Different labs work in tandem with the industry in order to combine the laboratories scientific breakthrough with the industry's bring-to-market know-how.
Q. How do you assess the role of institutes towards incubation? How far have you achieved?
A. BGU has great fate in our incubation system. As a great example, CyActive, a company formed in the Advanced Technologies Park, in a JVP incubator, by BGU graduates, was acquired by PayPal shortly after establishment, for an estimated amount of 60 million USD.
Q. Which are the areas of study popular in your university?
A. BGU is a comprehensive university, offering degrees from Engineering to social sciences, from Natural sciences to Management and Health. Our applied research programs are very interesting, in topics ranging from high tech, engineering, pharmaceutical, water management and agriculture.
Q. How do you encourage foreign students (primarily Indians) to be part of your university?
A. BGU offers designated PhD scholarships for international students. Some departments offer merit scholarships at the masters level to international students, and there are also allocated scholarships from the Israeli Higher Education Council and other outer-university scholarships. Perspective students are evaluated based on academic background and face an identical admission process as our Israeli students, which vary by level of degree and subject.
Q. What is the quality of life for foreign students in your university? What are the benefits?
A. BGU and Beer Sheva offer a great quality of life, with an affordable cost of living, a vivid campus life and a thriving Indian community, the possibilities are endless.
Ditza Froimm Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Israel in India speaks to Careers360 on the study opportunities in Israel
Ditza Froimm Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Israel in India, speaks to Careers360 on the study opportunities in Israel.
Higher education plays a pivotal role in Israel’s development in the emergence of its booming hi-tech economy. Israel has one of the most highly regarded higher education systems worldwide, with universities ranking among world’s top 150. Israeli universities serve as hot-houses for excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship. Currently, approx. 10% of the foreign students in Israel are Indians, mostly at doctoral and post-doctoral level, and mostly on fellowships/scholarships.
For foreign students, Israeli universities and other higher education institutions are offering a wide range of programs and world-class facilities, in niche research areas, at a much more affordable cost relative to equivalent institutions in USA or Europe.
Foreign students who choose to make Israel their academic home will find an inviting and stimulating atmosphere with comprehensive student support and extra-curricular programming; interaction with Israelis students as well as with students from all over the world; access to renowned academics and experienced professionals; and a chance to first-hand experience in one of the world’s major start-ups hub.
Indian students will find an added value in Israel’s niches of expertise – such as agriculture, water management, sustainability, science, technology, engineering, innovation.
Israel is offering a range of programs and grants to boost academic relations with India:
Joint research grants - between the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and its Indian equivalent, the University Grants Commission (UGC).
A fellowship program for outstanding post-doctoral researchers from India in Israeli universities, in all academic fields.
A program to absorb outstanding Indian students for summer courses in Israel in a variety of different fields.
The Israeli government also offers five scholarships to Indian students every year at graduate level. The scholarships are offered for eight months (one academic year) to graduate students under the age of 35 to pursue programs in universities and programs approved by the Israeli Council for Higher Education. The scholarship includes tuition fee, monthly allowance and a basic health insurance. Scholarships are offered by universities too – information can be found on their respective websites.
If you are hardworking, ambitious and curious – your academic home is in Israel!
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