Google to open tech school at Israeli university

The school will offer courses in computer programming, software testing, or data analysis

Google and Israel’s private Reichman University announced on Monday the creation of a school to train high-tech professionals.

The school will offer courses in computer programming, sales, software testing, business development and data analysis, among other things, according to the university’s statement.

Students from underrepresented communities “including women, ultra-Orthodox, Arabs, members of the Ethiopian community, and people from the geosocial periphery and disadvantaged socio-economic groups,” will benefit from grants. Google will also give scholarships to students.

“We believe that a variety of voices, opinions and perspectives enrich Israeli high technology and its developments,” said Google Israel General Manager Barak Regev.

The courses will be presented in the coming weeks and will take place at the Google Campus in Tel Aviv and at Reichman University located in the city of Herzliya in central Israel. Upon completion of these courses, students will earn credits towards a degree.

The goal of the project is to increase the number of qualified professionals in the field of technology, a booming sector in Israel that is experiencing a shortage. According to the Israeli Tech Review, in the first half of 2022 alone, Israeli tech companies invested around $10 billion.

Google is one of the major global companies expanding their operations in Israel. On Friday, the tech giant announced the launch of a local cloud region for Israel, which is expected to contribute a cumulative $7.6 billion to the country’s GDP.

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