Background And History
The Council for Higher Education is a corporation established by the Council for Higher Education Law 1958, with the aim of constituting the State body in Israel responsible for all matters concerning higher education.
The Composition of the Council
There are 25 members in the Council today. Among them are the Chairman – the Minister of Education, the Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC), and two representatives of the students’ union.
At least two thirds of the Council members are “persons of standing in the field of higher education”. The remaining members serve as public representatives.
Members of the Council are recommended by the Government and appointed by the President of the State, for a period of five years.
The Planning and Budgeting Committee
The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) is a committee of the Council for Higher Education and its executive arm.
Its establishment, in 1974, was approved by the Government.
The Council for Higher Education has delegated to it its authority in budgetary matters and authority in planning issues.
The Chairman of the PBC is Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, a member of the Council for Higher Education. Ex officio, he must report to the Council, in Council meetings, on the activities of the PBC.
The Council for Higher Education has a number of permanent sub-committees, in addition to the activities of the PBC.