The School of Government and Society trains students for work in the public sectors, runs applied research with immediate applicability while working with governance bodies to implement reform, and supports the community through students’ for-credit involvement with civil society organizations.
Experiential Academic Teaching
The school offers a BA in Society and Politics, a unique program that combines theoretical studies with practical work experience. Students receive a broad interdisciplinary overview of the social sciences, including political science, sociology, governance and public policy, political communications and more. In addition, each student gains for-credit work-learning experience alongside decision makers in the government, legislature and the civil society.
The school also runs the first of its kind certificate program in Israel for Young Adult Studies, creating an exciting new area of applied knowledge for professionals working with young adults in different fields.
In 2018, the School of Government and Society will open the Israel Center for Applied Regulation (ICAR), a first national research center to promote research in regulation. Involving faculty and students, ICAR will work with governing and regulatory agencies in order to promote more efficient, and effective, governance in Israel.
Through their practicum in governmental, parliamentary, public service or civil society organizations, students get mobilized to work on various public concerns and causes through legislation, advocacy, community work and more. . Many of MTA’s alumni follow up on their practicum in their later career.
Dean of the School of Government and Society – Professor Assaf Meydani
Prof. Assaf Meydani, Full Professor, is the Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv, Yaffo, Israel.
His research interests include public policy, politics and law, and political economy.
Prof. Meydani has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for New Institutional Science at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri; the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization at the University of California, Berkeley; at the Centre for the Study of Judicial Institutions & the Centre for Public Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science University of Bologna, Italy and at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.
He is the author of several books among them The Anatomy of Human Rights in Israel, Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2014); The Israeli Supreme Court and the Human Rights Revolution, Courts as Agenda Setters (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and more.