Recent Honors and Awards

Judith Gal-Ezer was named 2015 Recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Taylor L. Booth Education Award for her contributions to computer science education.  Recognized in the award citation “for outstanding research and its practical application in the field of computer science education”, she was described by her nominator as “one of the deepest thinkers in computer science education.”  Click here to read more.

Professor Yagil Levy of the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, was awarded the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for Military Literature for his book Who Governs the Military. In it he proposes a distinction between two modes of civilian control over military affairs: control of the armed forces – weapons systems, operational performance, etc., and control of militarism – political culture and the level of legitimation it awards to the use of force.

Hadas Goldschmidt Halfon
, a faculty member in the Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, was one of three winners  of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Composers.  Ms. Halfon, who has studied in Israel and Northwestern University, is best known for “Wind from the East” and “Echoes.”

Daniel Hadas, a high school student studying at the OUI, was a silver medal winner at the 2012 International Olympiad in Informatics in Lake Garda, Italy.  More than 300 competitors from 79 countries took part in the event designed to stimulate interest in computer science and information technology.  The Israeli team finished 19th, ahead of Britain, France and Germany.

Professor Yoav Yair, past Dean of Development and Learning Technologies and a member of the Department of natural sciences for 15 years, has been appointed the next Chairman of The Israel Center for Learning Technologies.  The goal of the Center is to assist Israel’s institutions of higher learning in promoting the assimiliation of new learning technologies.  Prof. Yair’s research focus is on astronomy and meterorology.

Professor Tamar Hermann was quoted in a New York Times article analyzing the reasons for the success of the Yesh Atid party in Israel’s elections.  Prof. Hermann is Vice President of Academic Studies at the OUI and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Political science and Communications.  An expert on grassroot politics, public opinion and civil society, she is the academic director of the Israel Democracy Institute and the author of numerous studies, books and articles, available in both Hebrew and English.

Sigal Mannheim-Katzovich was recently named top CEO out of the 119 in Swissport International’s worldwide airport services operations. Ms. Mannheim-Katzovich worked, raised a family and, when she could, studied at the Open University for 16 years.  In 2008 she earned a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on management.  That same year she became CEO of Swissport’s ground and cargo services at Ben Gurion Airport and restored them to profitability.

Professor Ora Limor, faculty member of the Open University’s Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, was recently appointed to the Israeli Council for Higher Education. The Council is the sole authority which can grant permission to open and operate institutes of higher learning in Israel, to accredit degrees awarded by recognized institutions, and grant licenses to branches of higher institutions offering courses and degrees in Israel.

Dr. Milly Perry
was selected to be a member of the Institutional Human Resources Strategy Group of the European Commission. Dr. Perry was also recently appointed to head the Academic Development Unit of the Open University. The Unit is responsible for all aspects of writing, monitoring and producing academic courses and programs of study, editing the study materials, coordinating with the Open University publishing house and dealing with copyright and permissions.


Aviel Atias, 19 years old, was awarded the silver medal from the International Youth Olympics Competition in Computer Science. He recently graduated summa cum laude in Computer Science, and for the third consecutive year made the President’s Honor Roll.

Prof. Yoram Eshet-Alkalai was awarded the Yitzhaz Sadeh Prize for his heart-rending and inspirational book, “A Man Walks Home.” The Yitzhak Sadeh Prize is an annual literary award given in Israel for the finest book on a military topic. On October 18, 1973, as a young soldier Prof. Yoram Eshet-Alkalai took a direct hit to his head from a rocket attack in the Sinai. He was transported to a hospital, where he had no memory and no ability to function. Thirty seven years later, Prof. Yoram Eshet-Alkalai published the story of his personal journey, from brain injured soldier to Director of the Open University’s Research Center for Innovation in Learning Technologies.  Learn more about “A Man Walks Home” here.
Dr. Galia Benziman of Open University’s Dept. of Literature, Language and the Arts won the Allon Fellowship, which guarantees an excellent young researcher tenure-track positions in Israel’s universities, in 2011. This year, her new book, “Narratives of Child Neglect in Romantic and Victorian Culture” has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Laurence Berry, a graduate student in Democracy Studies at the Open University, won First Prize for Excellence from the Israel Sociological Society for her Master’s thesis: “Sources of Solidarity in the Later Modern Era.” Prof. Motti Regev and Prof.Chaim Chazan were her advisors.

For the second consecutive year, Open University was recognized by SuperBrands Israel as an outstanding brand in the area of “services.

Professor Judith Gal-Ezer
, Vice President for Academic Affairs, represented the Open University of Israel at the “Beyond the Glass Ceiling”, a conference for Women Rectors Across Europe that was recently held in Istanbul. Prof. Gal-Ezer had an opportunity to meet with her female colleagues serving as University Presidents, Rectors and Vice-Presidents from countries in Europe and China.