Council For Higher Education The Council for Higher Education (CHE) is the official authority for higher education in Israel and determines policy for the higher education system. The CHE was founded pursuant to the Council for Higher Education Law, 1958 as an independent and unaffiliated statutory corporation. It was established in order to separate Israel’s political system from its higher education system, to prevent interference with academic freedom. The law defines the authority, composition and work methods of the CHE. Edmond de Rothschild Foundation The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Israel, works to create a more just society, and a unified and involved citizenry. The Foundation’s efforts are directed toward initiating profound, long-lasting changes in Israeli society, with the aim of promoting an excellent and diversified leadership, via enabling them to acquire academic educations. Continuing the 130- year-plus of the Rothschild family’s philanthropic heritage, the Foundation fulfills the family’s long-standing commitment to the pioneering spirit of Israel, and invests in change agents and advancing Israel’s new, contemporary pioneers. The Israeli Foundation operates as part of the international network of Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, with projects all over the world. The Israeli Foundation initiates dozens of innovative projects throughout the country, the aims of which are to reduce the disparities in society and nurture young leaders. Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships The Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships, established in 2016 by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation as its non-profit operative branch, acts to reduce disparities in Israeli society and ensure equal opportunities for youngsters from Israel’s socio-geographic periphery. It was established to create one home for EdR Partnerships young leadership programs. We believe that investing in young leadership, with an emphasis on fair representation of youngsters from the socio-geographic periphery, will have a tremendous impact on changing Israel’s social climate, and result in a equitable, balanced Israeli society, in which the common good is shared more fairly. Our passionately supported values underpin all of our activities and include: equal opportunities, continual learning, innovation, responsibility, cooperation and partnership. We instil all of the participants in our programs with these values. All of our efforts are directed toward the personal and professional development of our participants. The Partnerships’ programs integrate knowledge, awareness and social activism with personal, academic and employment development. In order to utilize these tools and attributes to the fullest, and translate them to practical work in the field, EdR Partnerships’ programs and activities operate throughout Israel. Each group is heterogeneous, with participants from the broad range of the diverse communities in Israeli society. Thus, our programs reflect our values: promoting equality in resource distribution and opportunities.