Giving Opportunities at the OUI

While admission to the Open University of Israel is open to all, each student is responsible for tuition.  You can make it possible for more Israelis with demonstrated financial need, including soldiers on active duty, Arab-speakers, ultra-Orthodox students and bright high school students, to gain access to higher education.

How you can help

  • $250 – Partial tuition scholarship for one course
  • $500 – Tuition scholarship for one course
  • $3,000 – Tuition scholarship for one academic year
  • $10,000 – Tuition scholarship for a full degree
  • $25,000+ – Contribution to general or targeted scholarship funds
  • $50,000+ – Named endowment for a scholarship fund
  • $2,000,000 – Naming opportunity for the Soldier’s Scholarship Fund

The Open University’s 5-year plan, which runs through 2016, focuses on increasing access to higher education for minority populations, among them Muslim Arabs, Bedouin and Druze.  The goal is to increase the percentage of Arab speaking students from 8% to 20%, reflecting their percent of Israel’s population. This coincides with the national vision to enhance integration of minority groups in Israeli society and the economy.

How you can help

  • $500 per course – Tuition scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need
  • $6,000 per course – Translation of course materials into Arabic
  • $9,000 – Workshop for 16 students in academic Hebrew for Arabic-speakers
  • $15,000 per course – Recording tutorial sessions in Arabic for course websites
  • $80,000 – Annual operating expenses for Student Motivation Center for Arabic-speaking population

Universities create and disseminate new knowledge in every sphere of learning. Therefore, support for research is essential to the academic and social mission of the OUI.  Research ensures that OUI maintains high levels of course development and teaching.

How You Can Help

  • $5,000 – Fund individual research grants
  • $40,000 – Sponsor an international research conference
  • $100,000 – Provide operating expenses for one center for one year
  • $2,000,000 – Naming a research center with an endowment

Digitizing course material is an investment in the future.  There’s a significant up-front expense, but once a book is digitized the cost per student, compared to the traditional distribution of printed texts, is minimal and will both reduce expenses and increase access to higher education.

How you can help

  • $7,000 – Digitization of a course book (current average costs per course)
  • $80,000 – Production of an interactive textbook
  • $1,000,000 – Naming the e-textbook initiative  (updating and digitization of all course books published in the last 10 years, and an endowment fund to provide continuous funding for development of new digital course books)

Recorded tutorial sessions are the main tool for distance learning at the OUI.  They eliminate the disadvantages that would otherwise face students unable to attend conventional face-to-face tutorial sessions.  Recorded sessions are saved and available on course websites, allowing students to choose when, where and how often to watch them.

How you can help

  • $15,000 – One set of recordings for a course, including editing
  • $50,000 – The cost of new equipment for a studio (the OUI has 12 recording studios)
  • $225,000 – Annual operation expenses for four studios
  • $1,000,000 – Naming recording studios (ensuring the ongoing operation and maintenance of all the studios which can be named by your donation)

The Open Art Gallery at the Raanana campus helps fulfill OUI’s commitment to offering the public the intellectual stimulation that works of art can provide. The Gallery hosts four exhibitions each year and catalogs prepared for each exhibition enhance and enrich the effort to make the arts more accessible to the general public.

How you can help

  • $7,000 – Sponsor an exhibition
  • $50,000 – Annual operational costs
  • $500,000 – Naming the Open Art Gallery

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