It's final:
Ariel University Medical School to be established

Council of Higher Education in Judea and Samaria unanimously approves new medical school after long battle.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Bennett
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Miriam Alster, Flash 90

The Council of Higher Education in Judea and Samaria approved Wednesday the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at Ariel University.

The proposal to establish the medical school was approved unanimously.

The decision to bring the subject to the approval of the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria, a branch of the Main Council for Higher Education in Israel, was made by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, in a legal opinion published earlier.

The Main Council for Higher Education's Planning and Budgeting Committee had recently voted down its own previous approval of the medical school, claiming that one of the voting members had a conflict of interest, but Mandelblit said that this negative vote was not binding and that the issue could be brought to the Judea and Samaria branch for a decision.. The Judea and Samaria branch is slated to join the main council within a short time.

The establishment of the Faculty of Medicine in Ariel was promoted by the Minister of Education and Chairman of the Council for Higher Education, Naftali Bennett, and received the approval of an external committee composed of independent professionals.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett expressed his satisfaction with the decision. "I am glad that the CHE has made the right decision to benefit of the State of Israel. There is a serious shortage of doctors in Israel, and there is a need to establish a faculty - and there is a university that is suitable to do so. This is the right thing to do for academia, the medical world and the Israeli public."

"All along, the university 'cartel' tried to do everything possible to put spokes in the wheels and thwart the establishment of the faculty in order to avoid one thing: competition. The good of Israel overcame the small politics of the university 'cartel'."

A senior official at the Education Ministry added, "It is unbelievable how much the university cartel tried to do everything possible to put a spoke in the wheels of competition and thwart the move."

"This coming November the first students will begin," the source said.




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