Tel Aviv University program sets out to create better rounded tech students

To meet the growing and diverse needs of the global high-tech industry, High Tech Plus offers double bachelors degree

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

Students walk through the Tel Aviv University campus in Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Students walk through the Tel Aviv University campus in Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Tel Aviv University is planning a new program that aims to better prepare its engineering students for work in the ever-changing high-tech sector, where demand for a diversified set of skills is growing.

The program, called “High Tech Plus,” will open in March and will give students a dual-disciplinary bachelors degree.

The program will provide students with a strong mathematics foundation, along with a focus on computers and information systems, and will end with a professional internship at Israeli firms. Courses will include data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, encryption and information security.

The program will enable integration of engineering studies with any other bi-departmental program, including programs in the social sciences and the humanities, the university said in a statement. For example, a student in the High Tech Plus program can also study economics, biology, management, philosophy or even East Asia studies.

The program has received the approval and support of the Council for Higher Education in Israel and is supported by high-tech industry honchos, who recognize the value of graduates who combine technological studies with other fields of study such as social sciences and humanities, the statement said.

Joseph Klafter, the president of Tel Aviv University, said the new program reflects a global trend that values the integration of technology with social sciences and humanities.

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