The Council For Higher Education

The Council for Higher Education (CHE) is a statutory corporation that was established by the Higher Education Law 1958 and it is the State institution responsible for higher education in Israel, carrying out its functions according to the authorities vested in it by this Law. The Council for Higher Education draws up policy for the higher education system in the State.

The innovation in this legislation was the fact that the Knesset wanted higher education in the country to be under the exclusive authority of an independent and autonomous body that would determine policy and reach its decisions after professional and pertinent discussion.

Two important factors are reflected in the CHE Law: the first – safeguarding the autonomy of the institutions of higher education to conduct their academic and administrative affairs, within the framework of their budgets; and secondly – the directive that at least two-thirds of the Council members will be selected because of their personal standing in the field of higher education. These two principles have served as the basis for the Council’s being for many years.

 

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The Planning and Budgeting Committee

The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) is a committee and the executive arm of the Council. It was established by a government resolution in 1977. The function of the PBC is, inter alia, to serve as an independent body acting as an intermediary between the government and the national institutions (such as national funds or public organizations) on the one hand and the institutions of higher education on the other hand. Under its purview are all matters relating to the budget for higher education.

The functions of the PBC were set in accordance with a Government decision from 1977, and include:
To propose higher education budgets, taking into consideration the needs of society and the State and while safe-guarding academic freedom and with due diligence for research and instruction;
To have the exclusive right to allocate the regular and development budgets for higher education between the institutions of higher education;
To promote efficiency in the institutions of higher education and to monitor the utilization of budgets in order to prevent deficits;

 

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