Sapir's Public Administration & Policy program equips its graduates with extensive knowledge and practical up-to-date management tools, together with deep insight in the political, economic, security, legal and social processes in Israel and globally. The program's high-level academics together with practical skills in management and research equip students with the tools to works towards a better society.
Our program provides the meta-skills needed to research and analyze difficult issues and manage complex systems in challenging and changing environments. Expert faculty regularly adapt and create new courses, based on the trends of rapidly evolving job markets.
Students choose from a diverse range of courses, some with active fieldwork components, offered in small groups. Departmental electives provide a keen understanding and analysis of: big data and democracy; non-profit management; education, law, housing and security policies; municipal administration; ethics and social policies; as well as methods for building partnerships in a multicultural society. Participants have the option to study in international programs together with European peers.
Public Sector Student Internship Program
Students placed alongside top-level managers in key public sector positions, gain invaluable practical experience. Internships take place in municipal offices, national government ministries; the Law and Technology Authority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission for People with Disabilities. Students commit to volunteer 6-hours a week, attend supervision meetings and seminars on statehood, common good and public responsibility.
The Legal Clinic: Accessing Residents Rights- Israel National Insurance
Students train as paralegals and operate a community Legal Clinic in Sderot. Supervised by staff, students provide residents with free legal advice and assistance on issues pertaining to Israel's National Insurance (social security). The Clinic offers Sderot residents access and knowledge to obtain income support, disability benefits, and old age and unemployment benefits.
Public Company Directors Training Course
Open to third year students and the wider public, our 16-week evening course provides legal, financial and managerial training as well as an in-depth study of the role and responsibilities of a board and its directors. Participants acquire broad knowledge in the corporate, organizational and legal structures of companies, authorities and associations. They gain skills in analyzing corporate documents, financial reports, communications and crisis management. In addition, students learn about creating corporate sustainability, environmental quality and community responsibility.
Public Administration & Policy International programs
We offer a number of international exchange programs with leading European universities. Recent programs include “Tolerance & Exclusion as Israel-Germany Policy”, exploring immigration and German-Israeli relations in conjunction with ConAct and the University of Bremen, Germany; and a course on 'National Security & Immigration" in collaboration with the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany.
Graduates manage and impact policies in politically, socio-economically and legally complex environments. They work in non-profits, local and national government, public administration and the private sector in Israel and abroad. Alumni can successfully pursue graduate studies in Public Administration & Policy, Organizational Sociology, Political Science, Business Administration and other disciplines in Israel and globally.