IDC Herzliya will soon be opening the new academic year, and in the context of the coronavirus, they are preparing for an unconventional semester ahead. Registration is also well underway for the next year, with the first information session to be held via Zoom in November.
With the collaboration of the Council for Higher Education and the Ministry of Health, the RRIS was successful in helping over 700 students return to Israel. This called for a team, available and ready to answer the flood of phone calls and email requests from parents and students. There are currently more than 100 students who are in the process of returning to Israel.
Jonathan Davis, VP of External Relations at IDC Herzliya and head of the Raphael Recanati International School, commended both the staff and students who returned. “My compliments go out to the dedicated parents and students who have shown the courage of ensuring that they are physically in Israel for their studies during these uncertain times. Many have had to endure flight cancellations and bureaucratic constraints with regards to constantly changing regulations from the Health, Interior and Foreign ministries. Together with the academic excellence of our university, the Zionist spirit, displayed by parents, students and staff, is heartwarming. During times of stress and pressure, these values become the order of the day.”
Over the High Holy Days and Sukkot, the RRIS staff reached out to the students in the dorms and provided them with as much holiday spirit as possible, taking into consideration the regulations of the Ministry of Health.
Both the International Parents Welcome Reception for all new parents and the Student Orientation program will be held this year on zoom. With time, IDC hopes to be able to incorporate more in-person teaching as well as more social interaction between the students and staff. However, the fact that over 95 percent of the 2000 international students are here in Israel means that they will benefit from being in the same time zone, with as much social interaction as is allowed, as well as feelings of camaraderie brought on by the complex situation. Davis comments, “By experiencing this together, our students will be creating unique memories of an exceptional time.”
Testimonials from our students
My name is Tali Kadish, I am a 2nd year Psychology student from Johannesburg, South Africa. Adapting to online learning was challenging, but IDC have fully reoriented to online learning, interacting successfully with the students and providing exciting lectures. Being surrounded by classmates in the dorms allowed the online lessons to feel somewhat ‘normal.’ Returning to Israel was a daunting experience, and leaving my family behind was an emotional process, however I know I made the right decision.
My name is Samuel Oks, I am from Paris and I’m starting my second year in Government. My first year was challenging during coronavirus. It was difficult to stay as focused, but the best part was that IDC really got on with it, so it was just a matter of learning a new habit of working and researching. After my exams, I decided to go back to France as I hadn’t seen my family for some time. I intend to go back to Israel in two weeks to be ready to start this new year – my motivation remains the same, I am excited for the new year!
My name is Eitan Dooreck-Aloni. I was raised in Miami, Florida. I am now finishing the second year of my BA in Business Administration and Economics. IDC allows me to live in Israel, a country I love, while studying in English. While we can’t have classes in person, the administration and faculty have done an excellent job in adapting to online teaching. Thanks to online, recorded lectures, I can access any lesson, from any of my classes, at any time!