The Ariel University Center of Samaria (Hebrew: המרכז האוניברסיטאי אריאל בשומרון, HaMerkaz HaUniversitai Ariel BaShomron) is a university located in the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the West Bank. Before becoming a university, it was the largest Israeli public college.
The center was founded in 1982 to serve as a regional branch of Bar-Ilan University. Originally located in the settlement of Kedumim, it moved to Ariel in order to expand. Its association with Bar-Ilan University lapsed in the 2004–05 academic year with the school administration's decision to become independent and pursue university status. the center has 26 departments for BA, MA, BSc and B.Arch studies, in three faculties and three schools. In 2011, the university center had 14,000 students, with a branch in Tel Aviv. All degrees are recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
The Ariel University Center cooperates with international organizations and universities all over the world. The college and its staff have been boycotted, both in Israel and overseas, for its location beyond the Green Line in the Palestinian territories.
On 17 July 2012, the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria passed a resolution to grant the institution full university status. This move was praised by the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Gideon Saar, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and some Knesset members and Nobel Prize in Economics winning mathematician Robert Aumann.The Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities condemned the move.
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