IIT Bombay signed a Memorandum of understanding with Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya on 13/5/2018. In order to promote cooperation the two institutions agree to encourage direct contact and mutually beneficial cooperation between their respective faculty, research institutes, departments and administrative staff.
The initial area of collaboration will be through :
- Visit and exchange by faculty members and research scholars.
- Joint research activities and joint supervision of research work.
- Exchange of students to enrol at the host institution for credit.
- Exchange of information including, but not limited, research publications of faculty members.
Themes of joint activities, condition for utilising the results achieved as well as arrangements for specific visits and exchanges of Faculty members and researchers shall be defined on case by case specific agreement.
The MoU involves sending of a maximum of two students for exchange with the other institute in an year, during which the students will be provided for their tuition and related costs, reports and statement of results(transcripts) and orientation program. They will have to bear the costs for their travel, living expenses and academic material. The agreement has been signed for 5 years but can be terminated early by mutual consent or by a 6 month notice by any of the institute.
The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian research college in Herzliya, Israel. It was founded in 1994 by Uriel Reichman based on the model of the American Ivy League Universities. It is located in Herzliya, in the Tel Aviv District, and is classified as an independent non-budgeted academic institution. It grants undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, and is set to begin awarding PhD degrees. IDC Herzliya has 8,000 students enrolled for undergraduate and graduate degrees, including 2,000 international students from 86 countries around the world (about 36% of which are from Europe and 31% of which are from North America). In 2014, IDC law graduates achieved the highest passing rate at the national bar examination of all Israeli academic institutions. Moreover, IDC Herzliya ranked first of 66 Israeli academic institutions in terms of student satisfaction for four consecutive years. In addition, IDC Herzliya has been the only academic institution in the world that has won the international Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law competition, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in consecutive years, winning it twice, in 2010 and 2011. The faculty includes professors who are involved with and hold professorships at various other universities, with a high percentage of Ivy League universities such as Harvard University, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania. IDC Herzliya offers a program in political science, with specialization in diplomacy and counter-terrorism, and hosts the Institute for Counter-Terrorism. IDC Herzliya cooperates with universities in the United States such as the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. Tuition at IDC Herzliya is significantly lower than tuitions of colleges and universities of a similar stature in the United States. IDC Herzliya was ranked first in a survey that examined the treatment in Israeli academic institutions towards students who serve in the IDF. It was the first academic institution to recognize active reserve service as equivalent to academic credits. In addition, IDC students who serve in the reserve forces enjoy significant assistance during their studies.