Redressing disadvantage by revitalizing a neighborhood
Afeka Academic College of Engineering is a leading academic institution and national economic and social engine for growth. Afeka distinguishes itself through offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in various Engineering disciplines; strong ties to industry and R&D centers; and a focus on professional skills and teamwork, as well as technical training, to maximize students’ success in the workplace.
The number of engineering graduates does not currently meet market needs in Israel, resulting in a shortfall of approximately 1,000 roles. This imbalance holds significant social and economic risk for the future of Israel as the country is highly dependent on its high-tech industry. Afeka is well positioned to help close the engineering gap but is currently unable to do so due to the constraints of its existing campus.
Afeka needs to move from its current 9,500 sq.m campus to a larger campus spanning at least 15,000 sq.m in order to fulfill its important role as an engine for social and economic growth.
The Tel-Aviv-Yafo Municipality considers the relocation of Afeka to be a top priority project – both for Israel’s economic sustainability and to address social and urban development needs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. It has therefore allocated land for the relocation in Yad Eliyahu.
The Yad Eliyahu neighborhood is a low socioeconomic area which Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has prioritized for development. Situating an institution of higher learning in the neighborhood would serve as a catalyst for local rejuvenation; especially Afeka, which is commited to using higher education as a lever for socio-economic mobility.
During the first stage of building, the new campus is planned to consist of three buildings (with a future development capacity of up to 42,000 sq.m). The new campus will also house Afeka’s Social Involvement Unit, which fosters projects to support the social mobility of underprivileged youth in the area, including hosting school children on Afeka’s campus and providing in-school activities encouraging STEM studies.
The additional capacity and accompanying funding will also enable Afeka to provide additional scholarships to students with immediate financial need or disabilities.
Requested donation: $20,000,000
The campus will be named according to the wishes of the donor.