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Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues

ISSN: 1753-7983

Online from: 2008

Subject Area: Education

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Access to higher education for Palestinians in Israel

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Title:Access to higher education for Palestinians in Israel
Author(s):Khalid Arar, (Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel), Mohanned Mustafa, (Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel)
Citation:Khalid Arar, Mohanned Mustafa, (2011) "Access to higher education for Palestinians in Israel", Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, Vol. 4 Iss: 3, pp.207 - 228
Keywords:Ethnic minorities, Gender differences, Higher education, Israel, Minorities, Palestinian minority, Social mobility
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17537981111159975 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The paper seeks to analyze the characteristics of higher education (HE) among Palestinian Arabs in Israel (PAI). It aims to indicate the main trends that have taken place in higher education since the establishment of the State of Israel, especially in the last decade, and to examine the main factors that have hindered access to higher education for this minority group.

Design/methodology/approach – The study is based on a meta-analysis of official statistics and other official documents, and on an analysis of relevant recent research studies.

Findings – The analysis shows that although there has been an increase in the numbers and percentages of PAI studying in Israeli HE institutes, especially for women, structural blocks still hinder their access to Israeli HE institutes, a situation exacerbated by their deficient preparation in secondary school. Their disproportionate under-representation in the HE system reflects policies relating to power distribution and control in Israeli society.

Social implications – Policy favoring re-distribution of power alongside affirmative action legislation could influence the structure of the HE system and improve PAI minority representation in Israeli HE institutes.

Originality/value – The paper indicates the need for affirmative action to increase the Palestinian minority population's access to higher education in Israel.

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