Israel to Develop Apparel and Textile Education; Plans Fashion School

A school is planned by the Government of Israel in Tel Aviv to train apparel designers and engineers on recommendation of officials of the New York Fashion Institute of Technology.

The plan was disclosed yesterday at a press conference by Dr. Lawrence L. Bethel, president of the Institute, who, with two aides, recently visited Israel. They made the visit on invitation from Pinhas Sapir, the Israel Minister of Commerce and Industry, after he had visited the Institute here.

Dr. Bethel said that if the plan is accepted, construction of the school at a cost of $3, 000, 000 would be started for completion in October of 1966. He added that the faculty would be recruited from the Institute here. For that purpose, he said, he proposed that three faculty members go to Tel Aviv for three years to teach in the Institute there. In addition, 10 or 12 graduates of the New York Institute would be prepared to teach in the Tel Aviv school.

He said that, despite the fact that textile and apparel manufacture “constitute the largest industrial operation” in Israel, almost nothing has been done there for textile and apparel education. The New York Institute is operated jointly by the University of the State of New York, the New York Board of Education, and the Educational Foundation for the Apparel Industries.

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