NEW YORK (Aug. 30)
The official dedication of Phase II of ORT- Israel’s “pinnacle” institution of learning, the ORT School of Engineering on the campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will take place September 13. This was announced by Beverly Minkoff, national president of Women’s American ORT, who will head a women’s American ORT delegation to the Jerusalem ceremony.
Mrs. Minkoff said that the ORT School of Engineering is “the most advanced and sophisticated vocational and technical education institution not only in the 100-school ORT-Israel network but in the entire-800-school global ORT system.” She said that “the first phase of the school opened in 1976 and has at present on enrollment of more than 1,000. Phase I includes the School of Electronics Engineering.”
Mrs. Minkoff stated that, “Phase II is the mechanical engineering complex and will include advanced industrial, nuclear and mechanical instrumentation technologies, mechanical engineering, as well as a technical teachers’ seminar.’
“Whereas Phase I concentrated on computer hardware,” she continued, “Phase II will concentrate on computer software which has become the most important aspect of the computer field. Automation, robotics and instrumentation control — which are the wave of the future — will be stressed.”
Mrs. Minkoff stated that the ORT School of Engineering, which will eventually accommodate 2,500 students, “responds to the critical need in Israel for well-trained technicians, especially practical engineers who can bridge the gap between the theoretical engineer and the factory foreman and who are capable of applying and translating theoretical engineering into the practical factor production.”
She noted that 20,000 practical engineers will be needed by Israel in the coming decade.