Israel has become the first country to offer free online courses for students who are unable to go on campus for their own academic study, but only after they apply for a university scholarship.
The move comes as Israel’s education system has been rocked by the ongoing protests over the country’s handling of the crisis in Gaza.
Israel is one of the most popular destinations for international students, with more than 70,000 of them studying in the country, and more than 80% of them are from abroad.
However, as the conflict in Gaza continues, students who do not have a formal academic appointment are forced to travel overseas.
Since the start of the year, the number of students applying for university scholarships in Israel has dropped from more than 8,500 to fewer than 400, according to the ministry of education.
Since then, Israel has also launched a new program to allow students to study in Israel without an appointment, and the Ministry of Education has set up a special “crisis fund” to assist students in the crisis.
The fund is set to be operational on October 1.
It will allow students the chance to apply for their scholarship by presenting their personal information and application form, according a ministry official.
According to the official, the scholarship program is meant to address the financial constraints of students who cannot afford to attend their universities, while at the same time allowing them to pursue their education on the same terms as other international students.
The scholarship is designed to be able to be used for both academic and non-academic purposes, the official said.
Israel has long been a leader in offering online courses in some sectors of education, with the country currently leading the world in offering the “open online course” (OOC) for international education, and its first online course in health education, which is being offered by the Palestinian Authority.
Last year, Israel also launched an online education initiative for high school students in Israel.
The program aims to provide students with access to courses through the internet that are not offered on campuses, according the official.