Key Facts about JCT
History and Mission
The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) - Lev Academic Center was founded in 1969 and is today one of Israel’s major academic institutions with over 4800 students on three campuses. It is fully accredited by Israel’s Council of Higher Education and specializes in high-tech engineering, industrial management and life and health sciences. JCT’s mission is to produce leaders who are strongly committed to Israel, Jewish values, to our People and to mankind.
JCT and its Role in Society
In addition to educating Israel’s most academically qualified students, JCT also enables diverse segments of society to become productive members of Israel's workforce, including many who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue academic studies. Over 24% of our students come from the periphery and 20% are new immigrants. "The Reuven Surkis Program for Students from the Ethiopian Community" with 80 students (including 40 women) and 193 graduates and the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) programs with nearly 2,000 students, provide customized remedial training, enabling adults with only a grade-school education to become college-competent in 16 months. Advanced engineering programs for women are another example of JCT’s unique academic offerings.
JCT and the Israeli Economy
R&D is a critical part of JCT and has led to major advances in fields ranging from cyber security to medical technology and driving safety. The College plays a leading role in developing Israel's overall economic infrastructure, and that of Jerusalem in particular. JCT alumni and faculty have established over 100 hi-tech companies, including some of Jerusalem’s largest.
JCT and the IDF
JCT alumni play a prominent role in the IDF. Their strong sense of purpose motivates them to fulfill a crucial role in hi-tech support units and combat field units. While security considerations preclude our providing specific details about these military projects, JCT alumni and faculty, including women alumna of the Tal and Lustig Institutes, have spearheaded projects critically important to Israel's national security, receiving prestigious awards for excellence from the IDF Chief of Staff and Ministry of Defense.
The Future of JCT
The Jerusalem College of Technology is committed to Israel’s continued growth and expansion, by providing solutions to Israel’s academic, economic and social needs.
"The institute I envision has as its raison d’etre to educate students who see the synthesis of Jewish values and a profession as their way of life: to provide manpower for Israel’s developing high-tech industry, who will establish industries of their own and to produce industrial leaders strongly committed to Israel and the betterment of the Jewish people and the world." - Professor Ze’ev Lev, Founder of JCT