Sunday, October 14, 2012

Students and the City

Eitan Bluer

In recent years the Municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Development Authority have been making great efforts to attract students to the city, to study and to settle down and live in Jerusalem upon completion of their studies. The number of students enrolled in institutions for higher education in Jerusalem has been increasing over the years. During 2010-2011 approximately 36,500 students studied in Jerusalem, constituting 15% of all the students in Israel, an increase of 3% over 2009-2010, when 35,600 students studied in Jerusalem, and an increase of 26% over 1999-2000. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the higher education institution with the greatest number of students in the city. This number stood at 20,400 in 2010-2011 and constituted 56% of all the students in higher education institutions in Jerusalem. A total of 10,800 studied at academic colleges in the city (30%), and 5,300 at teacher-training colleges (14%). Of all the students enrolled in higher education institutions in Jerusalem during 2010-2011, 34% resided in the city, 6% resided in other localities within the Jerusalem District, 18% resided in the Central District, 12% in the Judea and Samaria District, 9% in the Tel Aviv District, 5% in the Haifa District, and the rest (15%) in the northern and southern peripheries.

The students who reside in Jerusalem can be divided on the basis of whether they attend higher education institutions within the city or outside of the city. The number of students who resided in Jerusalem in 2010-2011 measured 22,100. Of these, 12,300 students resided and studied in Jerusalem, while the rest (9,800 students residing in Jerusalem) attended higher education institutions outside of Jerusalem. Bachelor’s degree (first degree) students who resided in Jerusalem tended towards the humanities more than the general population of students in the country. The percentage of students who resided in Jerusalem during 2010-2011 and studied subjects within the humanities measured 36%, higher than the percentage for Israel (26%). In contrast, the percentage of students who resided in Jerusalem and studied subjects within the social sciences (27%) was lower than the average for Israel (34%). 

Source: Analysis of data from the Central Bureau of Statistics

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