Ono’s School of Real Estate Profiled in the Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s premier English-language newspapers, recently profiled Ono Academic College’s School of Real Estate
The Post interviewed Dr. Haim Zicherman, head of the School, who said its raison d’etre is that “One needs to be a professional to create a building project.” Four years ago, Zicherman, who also serves as a senior lecturer in Ono’s Law School, was appointed as the Director of the School of Real Estate, with the goal of turning the field of real estate into a subject that can be taught and studied as an academic profession and creating trained professionals in the field.
The School of Real Estate is the first school of its kind in Israel and offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With the rapid increase in construction in Israel, Zicherman says that the field of construction and building management is understaffed. “By law, only one supervisor can supervise one project at a time. Israel will need more supervisors.”
“The construction industry is at a crossroads,” Zicherman says. He explains that for the most part, while technology has revolutionized many fields, the construction industry has not progressed technologically, and many tasks are being performed in the same fashion that they have been done for many years. Zicherman says that technology is set to make a major impact in the industry in the next few years. “In ten years, project managers will be working with robots, who will be doing much of the work. The supervisors of tomorrow will need to know much more. Even today, many cranes are operated by machines.” Zicherman says that there is great value in having professionally trained, academically educated real estate personnel. “When we put more professionalism into the building industry, we will save lives, time, and money.”
The full article can be read here.