Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
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The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, an Israeli private institution of higher education, founded in 1994. Modeled after private universities in the United States, IDC Herzliya is a non-profit corporate entity, taking no direct government subsidies and dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in research and education. Founded by renowned Israeli scholar, Professor Uriel Reichman, IDC Herzliya aims to create an Israeli university where personal achievement goes hand-in-hand with social responsibility. The university provides a unique and innovative interdisciplinary education, which combines academic study with practical training. Since its inception in 1994, IDC Herzliya's faculty has attracted world-class academics from leading universities in Israel and the world. Degrees granted by IDC Herzliya are accredited by the Israeli Council for Higher Education and are recognized worldwide.
The first class at IDC Herzliya consisted of about 360 students who were taught by adjunct lecturers as tractors worked throughout the campus. Both the IDC Herzliya administration and students felt a sense of pioneering and newness. This distinctive spirit of mutual success against all odds thrives on campus to this day. Over the years, leading professors from Israel and the US have joined the faculty, additional schools have been opened and the student body has grown to 6,500.
Educational Innovation 
IDC Herzliya was founded by a group of professors with a common dream: They believed that an independent nonprofit university, unfettered by bureaucracy and an external agenda, could make a significant contribution to Israeli society and its future leadership. IDC’s founders endeavored to envision the needs of higher education in the global information age, while avoiding the shortcomings of the existing universities. Thus, IDC offers its 6,500 students truly innovative and challenging interdisciplinary degree programs that employ advanced information technology while providing a solid understanding of the region and its geopolitical relevance in the world.
The IDC Herzliya motto is “Liberty and Responsibility”.
The IDC Herzliya symbol is based on the flag that Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, proposed for the Jewish state that he envisioned.
The IDC Herzliya campus is located in Herzliya, a city six miles north of Tel Aviv along the Mediterranean coast. The modern campus is located on what was once a military base used by the Israeli Air Force. For students, Herzliya is an ideal area as it is located in the center of the country and has both train and bus services available to all points throughout Israel. The IDC campus is in a residential neighborhood as are the student apartments – leafy, quiet streets with all the required amenities. Herzliya has malls, restaurants and pubs, concert halls, a downtown outdoor street mall with cafes and shops, parks and recreational facilities including jogging and bicycle paths and, of course, a beautiful, white sand beach.
IDC Herzliya is surrounded by an urban environment that is characterized by a flourishing high-tech sector which has earned Israel the nickname “Silicon Wadi” and has attracted the interest of the world’s leading venture-capital firms. Many of the Israeli software and biotech companies traded on the American stock exchanges are located in the Herzliya area including Hewlett-Packard, Horizon Semiconductors, IBM, Kodak IL, Microsoft, Motorola and Texas Instruments.
Prof. Uriel Reichman, the president and founder of IDC Herzliya, holds a JSD from the University of Chicago and is the former dean of the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Rafi Melnick is the provost.
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, the chairperson of the Appointments Committee, is a former Israeli minister of education.
Prof. Aharon Barak, president emeritus of the Israeli Supreme Court, is a member of the Higher Academic Committee and a lecturer at the Radzyner School of Law at IDC.
IDC Herzliya seeks to educate the future Israeli leadership of the highest caliber in the fields of law, business, government, computer science, communications, economics and psychology. IDC Herzliya’s interdisciplinary programs aim to equip students with in-depth knowledge in their areas of study and the ability to work effectively across disciplines in their professional lives.
IDC Herzliya consists of nine schools:
- Radzyner School of Law
- Arison School of Business
- Efi Arazi School of Computer Science
- Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy
- Sammy Ofer School of Communications
- School of Psychology
- School of Economics
- School of Hard Knocks
- School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp., ICL & ORL
- Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS) was established in order to allow students from around the world to benefit from the academic programs at IDC Herzliya by offering several of these programs in English. IDC Herzliya is the only academic institution in Israel that offers undergraduate degree programs that are taught entirely in English. It also offers MA programs.
Raphael Recanati International School 
The Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS) was established in order to allow students from around the world to benefit from the academic programs at IDC Herzliya by offering several of these programs in English. International students learn side by side with their Israeli counterparts and are involved in all aspects of campus life. The school offers an extensive extracurricular program that takes students beyond the boundaries of the IDC Herzliya campus and acquaints them with the long rich history and diversity of Israel. The Raphael Recanati International School has grown significantly and now makes up one-fourth of the student body at IDC Herzliya.
Programs offered by RRIS:
- Business Administration Program (BA & Global MBA);
- Government Program (BA & MA);
- Communications Program (BA);
- Psychology Program (BA);
- Exchange Programs
Special Programs 
IDC Herzliya offers a variety of leadership programs:
- The Zell Entrepreneurship Program
- Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy
- Rabin Leadership Program
- OFEK Forum for Involvement in Security and Social Issues
- Honors Track in Decision Making and Strategy
IDC Herzliya is home to 23 research institutes and centers:
- Advanced Reality Lab
- Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy
- Center for European Studies
- Center for Internet Psychology (CIP)
- Deepness Lab
- Entrepreneurship Center
- Fact Center
- Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute
- Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA)
- IDC Elevator
- IDC Institute for LD and ADHD
- IDC Social Cognition and Psychophysiology Laboratory
- Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
- Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS)
- Maytiv Center
- Media Innovation Lab (miLAB)
- Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood Studies
- POPDM – Political Psychology and Decision Making
- Program in Applied Decision Analysis (PADA)
- Project for New Governance in Israel
- Program in Political Psychology
- Rothschild Caesarea Center for Capital Markets and Risk Management
- Unit for Applied Neuroscience
Student Life 
Approximately one quarter of the students on campus hail from outside Israel. They have come to Israel from 83 countries to study at the Raphael Recanati International School.
Student Organizations 
IDC Herzliya students initiate, lead and participate in dozens of activities on behalf of the community, including legal aid clinics to help those of limited financial means; programs to mentor and tutor elementary-school pupils; activities for at-risk youth; the ensemble project in which students teach classical music in an underprivileged neighborhood in the city; and dozens of other volunteer initiatives that students launched on behalf of the weaker sectors of the community. Students are also active in a variety of clubs and performing arts groups.
The Debate Club 
The Debate Club of the IDC Herzliya is a framework designed to provide the qualifications necessary in the field of speech and rhetoric. These include: steadfastness in front of an audience; development of thought and critical listening; ability to respond quickly and logical development of pleas. For dozens of years, clubs of this type have constituted fertile ground for leadership in politics, business and law throughout the Western World.
In 2012 the debate team of the Raphael Recanati international school won second place in the European championships which took place in Belgrade with the participation of many teams from diverse European academic institutions considered to be the strongest in the field.
The team of the Raphael Recanati International School, IDC Herzliya (RRIS) registered significant success in the competition and was the only team from Israel to reach the final (in the category of “English as a second language”), winning second place.
IDC Herzliya’s sports teams have racked up an unprecedented line of achievements at the Israel Academic Sports Association Championships in recent years, particularly in 2012, when they won first place for women’s basketball, first place for men’s beach volleyball, first place men and women’s windsurf and second place for debate.
|School Name||Programs of Study||Notes|
|Radzyner School of Law||First degree program: LL.B. plus B.A. in business administration or in government;
Second degree program: LL.M.
|First degree program is combined – all students must study to simultaneously earn two different degrees (LL.B. plus B.A.)|
|Arison School of Business||First degree program: B.A. in business administration;
Second degree program: M.B.A.
|Efi Arazi School of Computer Science||First degree program: B.A. in computer science;|
|Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy||First degree program: B.A. in government;||A Master's program in government has recently been introduced. The program will be launched in October 2008.|
|Sammy Ofer School of Communications||B.A. in communications|
|School of Psychology||B.A. in Psychology|
|School of Economics||B.A. in Economics|
|School of Sustainability|
|Raphael Recanati International School||B.A. in business administration;Second degree program: MBA in business administration; M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Development||Programs' contents are equal to those of the same programs in other IDC schools, but the language of instruction is, instead, English.
A B.A. in Computer Science was offered previously, however the program was canceled.
Notable People 
Notable faculty 
- Ron Shachar, dean of the Arison School of Business
- Sharon Rabin-Margalioth, dean of the Radzyner School of Law
- Tami Tamir, dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science
- Alex Mintz, dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy
- Noam Lemelshtrich-Latar, founding dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications
- Mario Mikulincer, founding dean of the School of Psychology
- Zvi Eckstein, dean of the School of Economics previously served as Deputy Governor Bank of Israel and as a lecturer in leading U.S. universities, including Yale, Carnegie - Mellon and Boston University
- Jonathan Davis, head of the Raphael Recanati International School
- Aharon Barak, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court
- Amnon Rubinstein, former Israeli minister of communications and education
- Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, National Security
- Isaac Berzin, founder of GreenFuel Technologies Corporation, named to Time 100 Most Influential List
- Avi Primor, former Israeli ambassador to Germany, Belgium and the European Union
- Uzi Arad, former Director of Intelligence at the Mossad and advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism [ICT]
- Keren Eyal, Researcher on sex and socialization subjects, currently lecturing on propaganda
- Tal Ben-Shahar, author and lecturer on positive psychology
Notable alumni 
- Vered Buskila, Olympic sailor
- Roni Duani, Israeli singer
- Yoel Hasson, Member of the Knesset (Kadima)
- Ariel Ze'evi, Olympic judoka
- Yael Arad
International Cooperation 
IDC Herzliya currently has over 45 student and faculty exchange programs in various fields with leading institutions around the world. Its partners include Singapore Management University (Singapore), Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), Zeppelin University (Germany), Duke University (US), University of Ottawa (Canada), Tsinghua University (China), Hong Kong University (Hong Kong), NALSAR University of Law (India), National Law School (India), Fundacao Getulio Vargas Direito Rio (Brazil), Lyon 3 University (France), Washington University in St. Louis (US), Heinrich Heine University (Germany), International University College, Turin (Italy), University of Toulouse 1 (France), São Paulo Law School Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brazil), Tilburg University (Netherlands), Korea University (South Korea), Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic), George Mason University (US), Koc University (Turkey), LUISS Libera Universita Internazionaledegli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Italy), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Sabanci University (Turkey), Sciences Po Aixe (France), UniversiteLibre de Bruxelles (Belgium), University of Korea (South Korea), University of Toulouse (France) and the University of Pennsylvania (US).
- IDC Herzliya was ranked number one in the survey that Israel’s Council for Higher Education conducted among the students at all of the academic institutions in Israel in multiple categories.
- The survey also asked alumni of different academic institutions in Israel what their salary was two years after graduation. The alumni of the Radzyner School of Law came in first place of all the alumni of all the law schools in Israel.
- Alumni of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science came in first place of all the alumni of all the institutions of higher education in Israel (and not just among alumni of computer science programs).
- IDC Herzliya was ranked number one in the survey on treatment of reserve soldiers at all of the academic institutions in Israel.
- The rankings of MBA programs that the Calcalist newspaper published in 2008 placed IDC Herzliya’s MBA program in second place overall and in first place in the category of alumni satisfaction.
- Furthermore, an international academic review committee established by the Israeli Council for Higher Education concluded that IDC is the leading institution in business education.
- The international committee that Israel’s Council for Higher Education appointed to examine schools of government at institutions of higher education in Israel commended the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and noted that its excellent reputation is evident not only in Israel but also abroad.
- IDC ranked number one out of the universities and colleges in the State of Israel in student satisfaction for the third time in a row