The MTA mission statement aligns with our vision of higher education and the challenges of academe at this time. We ought to rebuild the spinal cord of the academic system, against the danger of elitist seclusion. The 'Ivory Tower' model is anachronistic, unproductive, and socially unwise. Knowledge is no longer produced or acquired in a linear way, but through a dynamic, multi-directional and multi-source process.
MTA's academic programs and social programs reinforce each other in a fashion conducive to building knowledge that is both theoretically rigorous and applied. The MTA approach is further inclusive and collaborative, stressing the proactive sharing of knowledge and removal of barriers to participation.
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NEW ACADEMIC and APPLIED TRAINING PROGRAMS
House of Israeli Art
The House of Israel Art is a new educational center founded to fill a gap in the study of local art in Israel, and provide a much-needed platform for public education and discussion.
The house offers a range of courses, lectures, conferences, seminars and visits to art collections, reaching out to diverse audiences—from undergraduate students, through art collectors and connoisseurs, to the wide public, and offering programs in Hebrew and English.
In future, House activities will extend to academic research and publishing, which will influence the international status of Israeli art.
Social Entrepreneurship Hub: An Accelerator of Innovation in Social Businesses
The Hub for Social Entrepreneurship allows students to develop their own ideas for social projects and test a pilot version before turning them into non-profit organizations or social businesses.
The Hub offers a unique curriculum combining individual mentoring with lectures by some of Israel's most prominent businesspeople and entrepreneurs, thus allowing students the opportunity to interact with key members of Israel's civil society and business community.
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NEW APPLIED RESEARCH CENTERS
MTA's Big Data Lab: Turning Data Chaos into Gold
The School of Computer Science hosts one of the largest Big Data labs in Israel. Run by leading computer science and business experts, the Big Data Lab offers businesses tools for controlling and arranging information tailored for different needs: from businesses through security industries or cyber-warfare agencies to medical organizations.
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A new Cyber Research Center to be directed by top cryptography scholar
A new Center for Cyber Research, currently in the process of development, will promote cutting edge research in cryptography, focusing on cyber security - a field of utmost importance for protection information for both public and private organizations and businesses.
The center will be directed by Dr. Akavia, a senior lecturer at the MTA School of Computer Science and a member of the Foundation & Application of Cryptography Theory (FACT) Research Center. Dr. Akavia is an outstanding scholar whose works have already spurred global interest and considerable follow-up work. She recently organized the Greater Tel-Aviv Area Cryptography Symposium (GTACS), hosted by MTA.
NEW SOCIAL PROGRAMS
A New Center for the Arab Society at MTA
The Center for the Arab Society at MTA will be a pathbreaking academic and social accelerator, driving large-scale impact on the integration of Arab citizens into Israel's economy and society. A home to MTA's existing and future 'head-start' programs for the Arab population in different areas, the new center will induce a synergic, integrative approach to the challenges faced by Arabs in Israel today: fostering social and academic entrepreneurship, and building collaborations among business, public and civic sector agents.
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MTA operates a variety of social programs to serve carefully-studied needs of the communities in southern Tel-Aviv and Jaffa. Powered by our academic resources, these programs lay the infrastructure for community-driven social change. MTA students take part in these programs as youth mentors, counselors and instructors, in return for activism scholarships.
The newest addition is the Young Programmers Program. Developed and managed by senior MTA faculty, the program teaches computer science at an academic level and a fun experiential environment to select excelling Jewish and Arab youth from local high schools in Jaffa, to prepare them for potential undergraduate studies in the field.