“The close bonds between the staff and students of IDC Herzliya have always been a source of pride for us. IDC Herzliya in general and the Lauder School in particular are doing everything in our power to provide the best student experience possible under the current circumstances.”
~ Prof. Assaf Moghadam, dean of Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy
To that end, the school held discussions with students and staff, resulting in the formulation of a number of initiatives, among them:
Talking Lauder Podcast Series, conducted in cooperation with IDC Radio. The podcasts feature Lauder School faculty, students and alumni, as well as external instructors, who showcase achievements in research, innovative ideas, and other areas.
Mini-Oxford, mentoring for first-year students provided by Lauder School faculty in accordance with an IDC-wide program. The students are divided into groups of no more than 15 for each mentor. The program enables students to interact with Lauder School faculty outside of courses, as well to meet and build ties with other students.
Lauder School Flagship Events, the first of which was a unique TedX IDC Herzliya event held in accordance with the guidelines of the TED organization. Headlined “The New Millennium,” the event was initiated by two Lauder School students, Yitzi Zobin, originally from the UK, and Shimon Packer, originally from the US, together with the staff of IDC Events, and hosted by the Lauder School.
The Lauder School’s longstanding internship program offers students an opportunity to gain practical experience in governmental bodies, organizations and companies. Internships are organized in the framework of a course offered by former interior minister Ophir Pines-Paz and directed by Dr. Michal Shavit. Given the coronavirus crisis and the urgent needs of many students to obtain jobs, the Lauder School has invested resources in widening the pool of internship opportunities for students, especially those in an online format.
The Lauder School has continued to host existing extracurricular programs, with some adjustments. These include the “Lishma” program, which provides academic training for Orthodox women, and “Forum Ofek,” led by Dr. Eitan Azani, which brings together students serving in the military and security services.