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The decline of humanities in Israel

The faculties of humanities in Israel have failed to adapt to the new digital era, and convince the students why humanities are still relevant in a profit-oriented society.
Visitors sit in front of paintings by Israeli artist Joseph Zaritsky in a section of a new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum November 2, 2011, during its official opening. The additional wing named after it's American donors Herta and Paul Amir was designed by Architect Preston Scott Cohen who heads the Harvard University Graduate School of Architecture. REUTERS/ Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR2TJ1H

For the past few years, faculties of the humanities in the Israeli academia have been facing a serious crisis, in light of the considerable decline in numbers of registered students. According to figures provided by the Central Bureau of Statistics, over one-third of all undergraduate students in Israel were studying humanities in 2002. By 2012, that number had plunged to just one-quarter.

More current statistics released at the beginning of the academic year (October 2013) by the Council for Higher Education are even more disturbing. Only 7.5% of undergraduates now choose to study the humanities.

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