December 1, 2016

Shalem Voted No. 1 Among Israeli Schools

Shalem Voted No. 1 Among Israeli Schools

For the second year in a row, Shalem has swept the National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) Annual Student Satisfaction Survey’s rankings, earning the number one spot in 12 of the survey’s 18 categories and setting new records in virtually every area of student satisfaction.

Israel’s only national ranking of institutions of higher education, the NUIS survey gauges satisfaction in three key areas of the educational experience: “quality of instruction,” “quality of learning environment,” and, beginning this year, “acquisition of new skills.” Of the 40 colleges and universities included from among the country’s 63 institutions of higher education, Shalem was the top-ranked school in every area. Moreover, it was also the first institution to win 9 out of 12 categories in the areas of “quality of instruction” and “quality of learning environment”—those areas, explains Provost Daniel  Polisar, that “demonstrate the unrelenting emphasis Shalem places on the recruitment of top-notch scholars dedicated to the mentorship of their students, on the development of a challenging yet engaging academic program, and on the creation of a learning environment that is supportive of and conducive to students’ ambitions to reach new intellectual heights.”

For Shalem’s students, the results were anything but surprising. Sophomore Nir Levenberg puts it best: “When you step into the building, it’s clear that the priority is teaching. You feel this in the small-seminar format in which most courses are taught: The atmosphere is one that encourages participation, thought, and reflection. The survey,” he concludes, “reflects the reality. It’s as simple as that.”

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