ORT Braude College of Engineering
|ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering|
|המִכְלָלָה האָקָדֶמִית להַנְדָּסָה אורט בראודה|
Aerial view, ORT Braude College (2006)
ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering (Hebrew: המִכְלָלָה האָקָדֶמִית להַנְדָּסָה אורט בראודה, ha-mikhlala ha-akademit le-handasa ORT Braude) is established on a 30-acre (120,000 m2) area in a city of Karmiel, Israel.
The College’s geographic location is a direct response to national and regional needs: it serves as an academic, technological, and scientific center for the Galilee, increases the accessibility to higher education in the north of Israel and contributes to the range and enrichment of Karmiel’s educational system.
The College offers a wide range of studies and training for careers in the latest technologies. At the present, there are more than 5500 students studying in Ort Braude – most of them are being trained for a B.Sc. degree in Engineering. Ort Braude considered to be one of the leading higher education institutions for Engineering in Israel. All of its educational programs are approved by the "council for higher education" of Israel, which means that its academic degree is respected worldwide and in Israel.
The College's activities are concentrated in six areas:
- Pre-academic education
- Training students in engineering technologies, resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (B.Sc.);
- Studies of mathematics, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Applied Mathematics;
- Training students in Practical engineering technologies, resulting in a diploma (without an academic degree);
- Preparing students for careers in industrial engineering in the public and business sectors;
- Studies from a diverse list of subjects through the College's Continuing Education Department;
- Services to industry and the community at the College's modern facilities and from its exceptional faculty.
 Engineering Departments (B.Sc. academic degree)
- Mechanical Engineering;
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
- Industrial Engineering and Management;
- Software Engineering;
- Biotechnology Engineering;
- Information System Engineering;
- Optical Engineering
It takes four years on average to finish a B.Sc. academic degree (eight full-time semesters). Ort Braude believes in combination of practical abilities with academic knowledge, and therefore students from all engineering departments, except for software and information system, must complete a training period at an approved industrial company in Israel or abroad to be eligible for the B.Sc. Diploma. During this period, the student integrates into an engineering or a research team and gets an experience – something that will help the future engineer.
 Degree in Applied Mathematics (B.Sc. academic degree)
In 2009, the Department of Mathematics opened a three-year (six full semesters) study program towards a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Applied Mathematics. The program consists of theoretical background, along with solutions of application oriented problems. This study program is designed to prepare the student for future employment by the demanding high-tech industries in Israel and worldwide.
A shorter, two year studying program. Its graduates get a certificate of completion signed by the Mnistry of Industry and Trade in next subjects: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Software Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Architecture and design, Medicinal Chemistry and Industrial Engineering and Management.
 Pre-Academic studies
This department has two main streams:
- completion (or improvement) of matriculation exams – which is a prerequisite for attending any academic institute in Israel
- preparation for academic studies – suits best for those who has graduated from school long time ago and need to get prepared toward an academic degree.
 Certificate studies
The Diploma Programs Unit offers courses that are supervised and controlled by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor. Eligible graduates are awarded certificates on behalf of the Ministry. The Diploma Programs Unit of the ORT Braude College supports innovation in its broad range of continuing education course and workshops, in keeping with the type of industry and its needs. The Diploma Programs Unit offers four learning frameworks: Participation in regular courses, continuing education courses and workshops at the College as detailed in the Catalog and publicized throughout the year. Conducting the above mentioned programs on site at your factory/organization. Design and execution of regular courses, continuing education courses and workshops tailored to your organization’s needs (including programs that do not appear in the Catalog). Accepting your employees as “auditing” students in engineering and technical studies at ORT Braude College (contingent on the approval of the departmental academic advisors).
 Dean of Students
This unit is responsible for student's well being. It has a variety of scholarship programs that help students in different ways.
The Dorms are located inside the campus – a big advantage because of the relative proximity to all College's facilities. There are more than 530 beds in apartments for 1, 2, or 5 students.
It is located at the main entrance to the college. It has a vast amount of books, brochures and electronically formatted material in a field of Engineering.
 Student's union
The Union of ORT Braude College is a member of the Israeli student Organization. In the college, it is responsible for social life, academic help for those in need and representation of students in front of the College authorities in case of any need. The Union also runs an on campus bar – which is opened at nights.
 Food areas
There is a separation into a "containing milk or milk products" area and a "related to meat" area – according to Jewish Kosher rules. One can purchase meals or sandwiches at these areas – or in vending machines which are located everywhere in the College.
 Student exchange program
At the present, there is a cooperation between the ORT Braude College and the University of Rochester.