Since Ono was founded, over 25 years ago, the face of Israeli society has been changing.
Ono Academic College was established in order to be an educational institution, accessible to all groups and sectors and especially to those who found themselves previously excluded from the higher education system. We do this out of the belief that the acquisition of higher education is a key to a life of freedom, the pursuit of happiness and self-fulfillment as well as the building of Israeli society as a tolerant, multicultural and diverse society, as our ancestors sought to establish.
The six campuses of the College are a meeting place for those populations excluded from education who want to integrate in the Israeli world of employment. Beyond studying together side by side, the multicultural campuses work to integrate diverse populations without assimilating them into each other and without compromising the cultural identity of any of the students or student groups entering its gates.
Various Aspects of Ono’s Work Promoting Social Change
In other institutions, representatives of different groups study together while the common space is controlled by one culture. At Ono, we make sure that the common space itself is a model for multiculturalism and as such, an example of higher education all across Israel.
To accomplish this goal:
- All students take a number of required courses to get acquainted with the diverse society in which we live;
- Students from different groups work on long-term projects together in their fields of study that seek to help the underprivileged communities around us;
- The College creates internal forums for real dialogue, for discussion, and for deliberation between the representatives of the various populations. This idea underlies the campus’ flagship project: “Batsavta Hada” (Together as One) – in which outstanding students from all groups in Israeli society sit and try to reach agreements and consensus regarding the management of their lives together;
- Ono organizes student activities to mark the holidays of celebrated by Israel’s three major religions;
- The studies are accompanied by a team of experts from the multicultural field who help to overcome difficulties that are expected to arise, to develop required sensitivities in culturally sensitive work and to accompany students and support the multicultural nature.
- Ono Center for Clinical Social Law – Ono Academic College operates professional clinics designed to provide legal assistance to the public, while training students to work in the field. Current clinics touch on many areas of life such as: human rights, consumer rights, family law, environment, entrepreneurship and more.
- Program for the Advancement of Ethiopian Students – Ono Academic College has more than 150 Ethiopian students, who receive academic reinforcement, employment guidance and a large participation in tuition fees.
- OFEC project – a special program for military and security forces personnel, which includes the provision of scholarships and close administrative support from the beginning of the degree until the end.
- Establishment of separate campuses for the ultra-Orthodox population, in which more than 1,500 male and female students study, for a bachelor’s degree in law and business administration, with the aim of integrating them into the Israeli labor market.
- Academic programs for members of the national religious Zionism community that create dialogue in Israeli society.
- Scholarship systems for residents of the periphery.
After more than 25 years of work promoting social advancement, to change the face of Israeli society, we see how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.