From a University into a Research Institute,
the Story of the Israeli Research universities
In February 2003 the European Commission published a communication titled "The role of the universities in the Europe of knowledge" (COM58 Final, 2003). It describes the struggle to define the role of the universities in the technological world. The changing world has placed new constraints on the EU universities and. The means and ways to fulfill the potential societal and economic contribution to Europe are debated.
The article outlines the reasons behind the current conflict of the Israeli Research Universities (RU), in which the RUs are becoming more and more Research Institute (RI) like. The similarities between the Israeli academic arena and the EU academic arena will be presented, as well as some differences.