About the Summer Program
Conflicts over collective Identity
- including issues of Religion, Narratives and Culture
- abound in our world today. Taught in English
by leading scholars and practitioners
, this program offers five intensive two-week courses focusing on such conflicts and how to creatively engage them. It is the only Israeli summer certificate program
taught in English addressing peace and conflict studies. The program will examine national
from around the world with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
including the issue of Jerusalem. It consists of seminars, workshops,
simulations, guest lectures, and a study-tour course, providing theoretical
insights and practical
tools. The Program’s approach is interdisciplinary
, addressing various disciplines such as legal, psychological, religious and cultural. It provides a certificate
upon completion and graduate credits in conjunction with students' host universities. It is tailored to holders of undergraduate degrees
and graduate students
who seek credits in an international setting as well as to professionals
and the general public.
Why Bar-Ilan University?
Established in 1955
BIU is tremendously diverse and is one of Israel’s most
respectable universities with some 34,000 students coming from all
walks of Israeli Jewish and Arab Society. BIU is located only 15
minutes outside of Tel Aviv, the lively cultural hub of Israel. For
more information on BIU, visit its website. Launched in 2000, the
Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation Graduate Program at
BIU, which hosts the Summer Program, is the most well-established peace
and conflict studies program in Israel, the only one that produces two
academic journals, in English and Hebrew.
- For the general academic prestige of Israeli universities, and BIU in particular.
- For the scholarly expertise in peace and conflict
studies and the laboratory setting of the Israeli-Arab/Palestinian
- For the remarkably affordable tuition.
Conferences and Events
Bar-Ilan Campus Mediation Center
The Bar-Ilan Campus Mediation Center, staffed by the
program�€™s faculty, graduates and students, provides
minimal cost mediation and conflict management services to the campus
community and beyond.
Students are exposed to practical training in mediation and conflict
management programs as part of their graduate program.
A special preliminary course in mediation that fulfills
government requirement for official recognition as mediators is offered
to our students. Those graduating this course are later able to take an
active role in the clinic.
The Center also handles cases referred to the center by
the Israeli courts. These cases are mediated by students supervised by
experienced mediators. Center volunteers have also been active in
introducing educational programs about mediation in elementary schools
The Center�€™s Director, Rivka Albek Solomon,
a former research student in our program, is an experienced mediator
with expertise in the field of mediation among the disabled.