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Educationl Innovations

Being young, dynamic, and hungry for success, the Peres Academic Center is not afraid to explore new teaching techniques. Dedicated academic staff, open to experiment, change, and trial & error – explore new avenues, unafraid to incorporate non-traditional programs into the curriculum.
 

Interdisciplinary Teaching
PAC personnel are imaginative, enthusiastic and cooperative, essential ingredients for original thinking. Everyone – staff,
management, students and faculty – dream of creative methodologies, and promote cooperation. A team of outof- the-box designers, they exploit the freedom of a fresh, small institution, swiftly implementing new ideas and connecting disciplines across unusual boundaries. Nutrition and Psychology, Law and Economics, Commerce and Social Responsibility are just a few examples.
 

The Personal Professor
Not satisfied with traditional frontal lecturing, PAC faculty keep close tabs on students’ performance - guiding, encouraging, and assisting whenever requested.

 

The Personal Professor changes the emphasis from dry academic teaching to personal mentoring.
 

Prominence shifts from the course to the student – a revolutionary technique pioneered by forward-thinking Behavioral Sciences faculty. A student is no longer just another face in the front row of statistics - but a human being, harboring aspirations, doubts, ambition, responsibilities, and a genuine will for self-improvement.
 

Learning Skills Course
Israeli students are generally older than their counterparts abroad. Immediately after high school, most serve in the army, sometimes followed by a year of world travel before settling down to study. Starting in their mid-20’s, and half a decade since their last exam, students are often out of touch with the requirements of a disciplined study course.
 

The Learning Skills Course, is unique to PAC. It emerged from observations that commencing students were poor at studying. Enlisting the help of faculty psychologists, a course was created to teach them how to think and study. The course builds selfawareness, and includes elements of time management, working under pressure, handling new disciplines, and effective studying for exams. The course has shown remarkable results, greatly improving students’ performance.

 

Personal Fulfillment Program
In keeping with its social conscience, PAC avails itself to students with an imperfect formal education. Carefully selected candidates with insufficient psychometric scores may be conditionally accepted to PAC. During their first year, such students receive personal assistance. Consistent high grades promise promotion to a full degree program in second year.

 

Empirical data shows that such students generally perform at least as well as their counterparts during the rest of their studies.
 

International Conferences
PAC is aware that graduates will be functioning, not just in the local economy, but in a competitive global arena. To expand students’ horizons, emphasis is given to international programs, particularly joint conferences with foreign institutions.

 

Cooperation exists with academic institutions in Morocco, Italy, Romania and the US.

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