Israel's High-tech Sector

Supplying a Growing Vertical

The Challenge

There is a huge gap between the demand of the high-tech sector for computer professionals in Israel – some 10,000 new jobs available each year – and the number of computer science graduates produced by Israeli universities– currently some 1,000 each year.

The Situation

The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University carries out groundbreaking, internationally recognized science and technology research.  Today, this Hebrew University school is only producing about 2% of the computer science and engineering graduates that the Israeli market requires. Although our institution has grown, there are still many qualified students we simply cannot accommodate. 

The Implications 

Computer Science & Engineering is the Hebrew University's fastest growing academic unit, having almost doubled its intake of new students over the last seven years and with great growth still on the horizon. The School’s continued planned growth will make the Hebrew University the largest producer of high-tech talent in Israel. This will not just feed the Israel-wide demand for computer scientists and computer engineers – it will be of particular benefit to Jerusalem’s fast-growing tech ecosystem, strengthening the connection between the University and its host city.

Making Change 

To accommodate the needed expansion, the Hebrew University is planning to construct a brand new building for the School, joining its three existing buildings. In order to accommodate such growth, the School will need to recruit an additional 20 faculty members and offer dozens of new scholarships to top graduate students, who will also serve as teaching assistants, and in turn, enable the School to expand its undergraduate program. Support for this program is a vital step towards maintaining Israel as the Start-Up Nation.