Ruppin Academic Center
Ruppin Academic Center (RAC) is one of the largest public colleges in Israel. It has come a long way since its establishment in 1949 as a training and management center for Israel's agricultural settlements, Kibbutzim and Moshavim. Today, after being accredited by the Council for Higher Education in 1979, the Center has become a leading college awarding undergraduate (BA., B.Sc.) and graduate (MA., M.B.A.) degrees, striving to cultivate a new generation of leaders who possess moral conscience, social involvement and environmental awareness. RAC is consistently awarded the top rating in satisfaction surveys carried out among Israel's general student population. Its main goal is to be a leading, innovative, socially committed academic institution regionally and nationally. RAC has raised two central banners - utilization of the sea as a powerful source of economic development and research and study of immigration and social integration in response to Israel's largest social challenge.
The Institute for Immigration and Social Integration (IISI), established at RAC in 2005, is the only academic institute in Israel whose activities focus solely on these topics and is based on an understanding of the importance of multidisciplinary vision and activity. IISI operates to advance research and teaching in the field of immigration and social integration, training and professionalism of service providers, initiation and development of interventions in this field and dissemination of knowledge among policymakers, service providers, and the general public in Israel.
In 2008, RAC launched an MA program in Immigration and Social Integration, one of its kind in Israel. The program was developed in accordance with existing programs at universities around the world and has been accredited by the Israeli Council for Higher Education.