CHW is proud to be the sole representative in Canada for HAC. HAC is a non-profit, non-governmental public institution of higher learning. HAC is consistently ranked among Israel’s best colleges and is known for its career-focused and innovative teaching methods, as well as its diverse culture and is one of the only colleges to support Arab, Muslim, and Jewish students all under one roof.
One-half of the College’s students are the first in their family to pursue a college education, over 60% come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds, 70% are women, and 20% of the students are Christian and Muslim Arabs.
HAC measures its success by the ability of its graduates to secure jobs with a future upon graduation. The College has the highest job placement rate (85%) of any college or university in Israel, and the highest rate of student retention (92%). Hadassah Academic College’s Department of Communication Disorders is ranked as Israel’s leading program for training certified speech and language therapists.
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Early in 2021, HAC launched The Blender – HAC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the Jerusalem Development Authority. The Blender was founded by Dr. Tali Hadasa Blank, a Senior Lecturer on innovation and entrepreneurship, and a researcher whose work is focused on radical innovation, team learning, and the processes influencing the success of start-up ventures. The Blender’s other senior advisor is Prof. Michael Berman, head of HAC’s Department of Computer Science, who previously established and secured funding for four technology-based start-ups.
The Blender has spearheaded HAC’s efforts to nurture students and faculty to develop an entrepreneurial perspective. The Blender’s specially designed programs and activities provide stepping-stones into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Blender offers a myriad of opportunities for participants, including guest lectures given by leading figures from various industries, in-depth workshops, hackathons, challenges, and a pre-accelerator program. The goal of these activities is to nurture a culture of innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset within the campus and a foundation for cross-cultural synergy and collaboration among the diverse students and staff members from HAC’s different academic departments.
Since its inception in March 2021, The Blender has participated in two international hackathons: one focused on the future of higher education, and the other on combating violence towards children. Once a year The Blender offers a pre-acceleration program, over a period of 10 weeks, which includes lectures and workshops to assist students and faculty to transform innovative ideas into business or social initiatives. In November 2021, The Blender moved its activities into a newly designated facility on HAC’s campus and launched its second pre-accelerator program. In the first pre-accelerator program, The Blender successfully facilitated 16 teams. One of the two initiatives which represented HAC in a national student competition, conducted by the Council for Higher Education, received a 50,000 NIS grant for further implementation.
The Blender is developing tailor-made programs to accommodate the diverse communities within HAC’s student body. Such programs include empowering women entrepreneurs, creating entrepreneurial opportunities for ultra-Orthodox students, levelling the playing field for Arab-speaking students, and expanding career opportunities for Ethiopian-Israeli students.
Read a story about The Blender in a recent issue of ORAH magazine here:
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