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1 Agriculture R&D in Postharvest Practices Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Institute of Technology and Storage of Agricultural Products, Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, in cooperation with the Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) 6.2.2006 – 2.3.2006 Program of Studies: The most important subjects as related to postharvest physiology, pathology and handling of fresh produce will be discussed and shown in this course: Cause and site of loss; Physiological and pathological factors affecting storage and shelf life; Cooling, Packaging, Standardization and inspection of fresh produce; Quality factors and analysis; Methods for prolonging storage life; Postharvest technologies. Special professional field trips will be conducted to export terminals, packing houses and central cooling facilities. During the course participants will have the opportunity to experience the physiology and pathology postharvest laboratories. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for the academic staff of universities and agricultural research institutions as well as senior extension staff and market experts. Applicants from other institutions with at least a first academic degree and 3 years of experience in agriculture and postharvest technology are welcome to apply. Good command of the English language is essential. Food Technology The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Division for External Studies, Rehovot 15.2.2006 - 4.4.2006 Program of Studies: Advanced Topics in Food Technology and Food Science Food Packaging and Environmental Aspects Food Quality Assurance 2 Food Analysis Functional Foods Water Handling in Food Manufacturing The aim of the course is to train participants in the basic principles of food science and technology and their implementation in the food industry. Special emphasis will be placed on a multidisciplinary approach, which will integrate recent advances both in science and manufacturing. Regular staff members of the Faculty and other experts will conduct the academic program. Requirements for Admission: M.Sc. degree or above in food sciences, biology, biochemistry or a related field from a recognized university. The language of instruction is English. Participants whose native tongue isn't English must furnish proof of proficiency in this language. Professional experience in the field. Intensive Aquaculture: Production, Environmental Considerations and Food Safety Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Center for International Agricultural Cooperation (CINADCO) Kibbutz Shefayim 7.3.2006 – 29.3.2006 Program of Studies: Aquaculture in Israel; Ecological constraints; Infrastructure; Supporting services; Production planning; Research and development; Genetic improvement; Methods of culture; Management of fish pounds; Growing in re-circulated systems; Water quality; Cage culture; Hatcheries; System design; Nutrition; Disease control; Technology and equipment; Economic aspects and marketing; Food safety. Requirements for Admission: This course is designed for professionals from public institutions, private companies and non-governmental organizations involved in Aquaculture. Candidates must have at least 3 years of experience in the subject as well as an academic degree and good command of written and spoken English. 3 Agricultural Challenges in the Era of Globalization Bilingual Seminar (English/French) Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Center for International Agricultural Cooperation (CINADCO) Kibbutz Shefayim 8.5.2005 – 17.5.2006 Program of Studies: Globalization and agriculture. Visit to AGRITECH International Exhibition. Marketing of agricultural products. Research and Development. The role of the public and private sectors in agricultural development. Environmental and ecological considerations. Certified reproduction material. Communication and information technologies in agriculture. International standards. Requirements for Admission: The seminar is designed for English and/or French speaking senior decision-makers from governmental agencies and high ranking professionals from private and semi-private agricultural institutions dealing with development, production, research and agricultural extension. R&D of New Concepts in Integrated Pest Management Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Institute of Plant Protection, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, in cooperation with the Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) 8.5.2006 – 31.5.2006 Program of Studies: This course focuses on number of key aspects of plant protection: biological, physical and balanced chemical control; plant resistance and sanitation; early detection of pathogens and pests; forecasting seasonal development of pests using modern, environment-friendly approaches. The course will consist of lectures, field trips to farms as well as supervised design of IPM programs for specific agricultural systems. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for the academic staff of universities and agricultural research institutions as well as senior extension staff working in the area of plant protection. Applicants from other institutions with at least a first academic degree and 3 years of 4 experience in plant protection are welcome to apply. Good command of the English language and computer office programs are essential. Pressurized Irrigation Systems for Intensive Crop Production Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) Kibbutz Shefayim 9.5.2006– 14.6.2006 Program of Studies: Water in Israel. Hydraulics of pressurized irrigation systems. Irrigation methods: drip, sprinkler. Mechanized irrigation. Irrigation control head. Pumping systems. Filtration. Automation. Irrigation design software. Water quality. Crop nutrition. Water requirements of crops. Irrigation regime determination. Irrigation monitoring. Irrigation scheduling. Greenhouse irrigation. Fertilization and Fertigation. Irrigation system design. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for agricultural extension staff and specialists from the government, the private and NGO sectors involved in the field of irrigation. Candidates should have at least 2-3 years of experience in vegetable production and pressurized systems, a relevant academic degree and good command of written and spoken English. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics in Agriculture: Plants and Microorganisms The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Division for External Studies, Rehovot 9.5.2006 - 6.7.2006 Program of Studies: Molecular Biology: Applications in Agriculture Molecular Biology: Applications in the Food Industry Molecular Biology: Aspects of Plant Pathogens 5 Biological Control Genetic Engineering of Plants and Plant Breeding Plant Tissue Culture - Basic Methods and Application The Role of Microorganisms in Biotechnological Processes Bioinformatics Biological Nitrogen Fixation The course is aimed at training participants from developing countries to promote the use of new biotechnological techniques in modern agricultural production. From our experience, the contacts made by participants during the course often lead to research cooperation between various countries and the scientists at the Faculty. Biotechnology, including genetic engineering, has expanded the horizons of agricultural development. Industrial technologies related to agriculture have also benefited. The main areas of current biotechnological research at the Faculty are: Crop Improvement, Plant Protection, Biofertilization, Cell and Tissue Culture, Recycling of Agricultural Wastes and Bioremediation. Requirements for Admission: M.Sc. degree or above in biology or agriculture from a recognized university. The language of instruction is English. Participants whose native tongue isn't English must furnish proof of proficiency in this language. Basic knowledge in molecular biology. Professional experience in the field. Capacity Building for Training and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) Kibbutz Shefayim 11.7.2006 – 2.8.2006 Program of Studies: The role of training and extension in agriculture; Identification of training needs; Agricultural extension: Principles, approaches and methods; Promotion of entrepreneurship ventures; Entrepreneurship Centers; Economical considerations; Monitoring and evaluating; Business environment; Business planning; Management styles; Strategic aspects in project planning; Capital budgeting; The art of negotiation; New trends in modern agriculture; Supporting systems in agriculture; The art of selling; Marketing concepts and applications. Requirements for Admission: 6 The course is designed for professionals in charge of planning, supporting and implementing agricultural entrepreneurship projects from governmental, NGOs and private institutes. Candidates must have at least three years experience in the subject, as well as an academic degree related to the subject and a good command of written and spoken English. R&D in Agricultural Engineering Technologies Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Institute of Agricultural Engineering, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, in cooperation with the Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO). 6.9.2006 – 19.9.2006 Program of Studies: The most important subjects as related to Agricultural Engineering will be discussed in this workshop: Precision Farming; N.D.T (Non Destructive Testing); New technologies; R&D in Irrigation; New technologies in I.P.M (Integrated Pest Management); Quality Management; Greenhouse Engineering; Mechanization. The workshop will consist of lectures, field trips to farms and places of interest and design of new agricultural equipment in various agricultural systems. Requirements for Admission: The workshop is designed for the academic staff of universities and agricultural engineering research institutions as well as senior extension staff working in the area of agricultural engineering. Applicants from other institutions with at least a first academic degree and 3 years of experience in agricultural engineering are welcome to apply. Good command of the English language is essential. Poultry Management: Nutritional, Physiological and Veterinary Aspects The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Division for External Studies, Rehovot 6.11.2006 - 1.12.2006 7 Program of Studies: Poultry nutrition Feed evaluation, requirements and technology Exercises in ration formulation Disease of poultry Bacterial, viral and protozoal diseases Epidemiology and pathology Treatment and prevention with emphasis on respiratory and alimentary diseases Poultry management Broiler production Egg production Breeders, management for light and heavy strains Quality of poultry products Poultry physiology Reproduction Digestive tract physiology Photo stimulation of birds Light and poultry production The aim of the course is to train participants in the subject of poultry science (physiology, production, management, veterinary and nutritional aspects) in order to enable participants to apply new tools towards finding solutions to specific local problems in their countries. Requirements for Admission: M.Sc. degree or above in animal sciences from a recognized university. The language of instruction is English. Participants whose native tongue isn't English must furnish proof of proficiency in this language. Professional experience in the field. Agriculture and the Environment: Practices and Processes in Soil and Water Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, in cooperation with the Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) 8 7.11.2006 –28.11.2006 Program of Studies: The course covers a variety of issues related to the interaction between agriculture and the environment. The main topics to be discussed are: irrigation with marginal waters (saline and treated sewage) – agricultural and environmental considerations, recycling sewage sludge, soil-pesticides interaction (sorption, degradation, volatilization, bound residues), hydrology of dissolved contaminants, soil microbial ecology and interactions in the root, and soil and water conservation (runoff and erosion, salinity, sodicity and ion toxicity). Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for researchers and academic staff of agricultural research institutes and universities, and senior executive staff active in the topics covered in the course. Applicants should have relevant academic degrees and at least 3 years of experience in their work. Good command of the English language is essential. Intensive Vegetable Production under Protected Conditions Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) Kibbutz Shefayim 14.11.2006 – 6.12.2006 Program of Studies: Vegetable Production in Protected Conditions; Plastic Covering Material; Irrigation Methods in Vegetable Production; Soil Preparation; Substrates; Post Harvest Treatment of Fresh Produce; Greenhouse Technology; Plant Protection; Biological Pest Management; Marketing of Fresh Vegetables; Vegetable Growers Organizations in Israel; Research and Development in Vegetable Production. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for professionals from public institutions, and from the private and governmental sectors involved in vegetable production. Candidates must have at least 3 years of experience in the field, as well as an academic degree and full command of written and spoken English. 9 Education and Community Development Crisis Intervention in the Community and the Family The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 9.1.2006 – 2.2.2006 Program of Studies: The program will present the latest research, theories and techniques in this rapidly evolving field. Models of crisis intervention will be examined, including therapeutic intervention, short-term intervention and outreach prevention; as well as ethical and professional issues. Sessions will be devoted to developing and managing cost-effective community programs, such as crisis hotlines, intervention centers and services for emergency relief. Additional topics to be addressed in the workshop will include terrorism; family violence, youth in distress, etc. Requirements for Admission: The workshop is designed for women and men, 30-50 years old, who hold senior positions in governmental and non-governmental organizations and are responsible for developing, managing, planning or operating services for short and long term intervention. Psychologists, health-care professionals, lawyers, police, social workers and directors of centers/services in the field of crisis intervention are invited to apply. Candidates should have at least 7 years’ experience as well as relevant professional higher education. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Community Education and Educational Initiatives The Aharon Ofri International Training Center Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem 9.1.2006 – 2.2.2006 Program of Studies: 10 The educational process is a very important component of community dynamics. Today, an increasing number of schools and learning centers operate within and on behalf of the community; in return, the schools receive funds and other resources from the community. The course will explore different models of connection between the educational process, the schools and the community. It will also examine the mutual influence of educational advancement and community development, particularly the ways in which the community influences and assists the educational process. This dynamic process is constantly renewing itself. New projects must be initiated and developed for the process to lead to optimal results. The initiatives may come from above, through formal educational channels, or from below, through those working directly with schools – teachers, counselors, and others. The initiatives are usually attempts to answer needs that arise; and they can also be creative ideas for improving the learning process. The course will present national and local projects in the area of science and technology, as well as socially-oriented projects focused on life skills, prevention, health education, and more. The course will also explore processes for encouraging the initiation and development of local projects. The aim of the course will be to examine the points of interface between schools and the community and to present community schools and the contribution they make to their students and communities. The course will also present on-going initiatives and projects in Israel, explore methods for initiating projects in other places, and provide tools for encouraging the initiation and implementation of educational projects. Requirements for Admission: The course is intended for directors, supervisors and senior staff of the educational system, both at the regional and national level. Participants should have an academic degree, with at least 5 years of experience in the relevant fields. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Psycho Social Care for AIDS Orphans The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 6.2.2006 – 2.3.2006 Program of Studies: Children at risk: ecological perspectives in the community; assessing risk factors of AIDS orphans and their needs – health, education, social and emotional; psycho-social care: 11 definitions, objectives and skills. Development theory: caregiver-baby relationship; attachment theory, self esteem; trauma and loss: resilience; coping strategies; therapeutic skills: experiential approaches. Visits will be made to relevant settings: orphanages, hospitals, etc. under the auspices of the Ministries of Health, Welfare and Education. Requirements for Admission: The workshop is open to women and men between 30- 50 years old. Candidates should have completed academic studies or relevant professional training in social work, community work, psychology, nursing, medicine, teacher training, or be university lecturers. They should have at least 7 years of professional experience in the field. A good command of spoken and written English is essential Media Strategies for Social Change The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 6.3.2006 – 30.3.2006 Program of Studies: The program will analyze the role of the media as a tool for social change; reviewing theoretical communication models; media literacy and skills; use of media in marketing community programs and campaigns; services and mobilization of support for special interest groups; grassroots organizing; litigation; public education and advocacy journalism as tools for changing public opinion. During the workshop, participants will analyze and plan public relations campaigns using information technology to best advantage. Participants will have the opportunity to create short documentary films. Observation visits will be made to the various media organizations in Israel. Requirements for Admission: The workshop is designed for women and men between 30-50 years old, journalists who work with NGOs or report on socio/economic issues, public relations officers who plan media strategy for their human service organizations. Candidates are expected to have completed academic studies or equivalent professional training in public relations management, journalism or other related fields. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. 12 Education for Science and Technology The Aharon Ofri International Training Center Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem 6.3.2006–30.3.2006 Program of Studies: To analyze the role of scientific and technological education in national development. To become familiar with new concepts, methods and tools concerning science and technology teaching. To acquire knowledge of various educational projects and curricula in Israel. To exchange experiences acquired in the participants’ countries. To be familiar with frameworks and methods of the use of Internet and Distance Learning and to analyze possibilities of implementing them at national, local and institutional levels. Use of teaching aids from simple and low cost materials to modern and sophisticated instruments. To adapt the planning of science teaching to the socioeconomic realities of the participants’ institutions. To consider the possibility for future cooperation between the participants’ countries and the Israeli educational system. Requirements for Admission: The seminar is intended for senior staff of educational system, decision/policy makers, supervisors and academic researchers in the field of science and technology education. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Aspects of Holistic Infant Development for Doctors, Psychologists, Paramedics and Community Workers The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 5.6.2006 – 29.6.2006 13 Program of Studies: Child-rearing practices and parental roles in the various cultures; creating an environment conducive to satisfying children’s holistic developmental needs; concepts of child development with special emphasis on neurological development and brain function; physiological and emotional development; integrative strategies for meeting development needs; building multi-disciplinary teams and teamwork; definition of the special roles of the team members and forming an integrative approach to the problem; analyzing case studies; parental involvement; developing communication skills within the team and with the families; advantages and disadvantages of various models of child care: older sister, nanny, family day care, day care, etc.; enrichment programs – home-based and others; support groups for young and/or single mothers; visits to relevant institutions which deal with children from birth to 3 years, within the framework of the Ministry of Education, Health and Social Welfare Requirements for Admission: The workshop is open to women and men between 30-50 years of age. Candidates should have completed academic studies or relevant professional training in child development, public health, social work, developmental psychology, or related fields. They should have at least 7 years of professional experience in the following areas: paediatrics, child psychology, nursing, occupational- physical- or language therapy, community social work, nursing, facilitating groups, working with children from 0-3 years and their families. A good command of spoken and written English is essential. Programs to Prevent Drug Abuse (*) The Aharon Ofri International Training Center Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem 6.6.2006 -30.6.2006 Background: During the past few years, drug and alcohol abuse amongst the world’s youth has become a troubling phenomenon, endangering not only the user but also his surrounding environment and society at large. Although such abuse is particularly prevalent among disconnected youth as well as among troubled and marginal populations, there is no doubt that today it penetrates all levels of population, even those once considered low- risk. Drug and alcohol abuse is a multifaceted, multidimensional problem. It contains economic, cultural, educational, social and legal components, each of which “impacts” to one degree or another, on the population and place where the problem exists – and, at the 14 same time, its effects influence each one of these components. Thus, the war against drug and alcohol abuse necessitates joint, simultaneous efforts by various authorities and governmental offices, as well as international cooperation to help reduce the extent of the problem. In Israel, as in other countries, there are quite a number of authorities and agencies dealing with the issue of drug and alcohol abuse. These include, among others, governmental offices, voluntary bodies, enforcement and judicial authorities. The central authority which coordinates the activities of all the agencies is the Anti-Drug Authority (ADA). Its aim is to advance education and prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, research and evaluation, personnel and training development, community activities, and more. Program of Studies: The aim of the course is to introduce the function of these authorities both separately and together and investigate possible solutions according to the different realities in each country. The objectives and main topics are acquisition of new concepts and methodologies in the field of drug abuse. Information, preventive education prevention activities within schools, psychological counseling services, youth rehabilitation services, informal education and special programs for youth and young adults. Treatment and rehabilitation: day centers, prison services, therapeutic communities, Israeli models of treatment frameworks. Research and information - analysis of updated situations, surveys of changing trends and the impact of various campaigns. Law enforcement: policy and legislation (police, justice, finance and defense ministries, punishment policies). Community action and volunteerism. There will be organized excursions to the Holy Sites as well as to sites of general and historical interest. Social and cultural activities will be arranged. Requirements for admission: The course is intended for educators, social workers, directors of rehabilitation and treatment centers, researchers and high-level law enforcement officers. Applicants must have an academic degree in a relevant field (education, social services, etc.) A good command of written and spoken English is essential. (*) This course will be funded by the participants Cost: US $2375 per person (not including air fares) Educational Staff and Skills Development The Aharon Ofri International Training Center Ramat Rachel, Jerusalem 23.10.2006 – 16.11.2006 15 Program of Studies: The changes taking place in the world in every aspect of life have a great and immediate influence on the nature and functions of education systems personnel, particularly the educational staffs, whose role it is to mediate between the world and the student. To compete with this challenge, the educational system must concern itself with developing educational personnel who can contend with their weighty responsibilities and with the continual support and improvement of its most important reserve – teachers, principals, supervisors and counselors. The process of training educational personnel, from training apprentices to in- service training, from defining teacher functions and those of guidance counselors and advisors, is a subject that occupies every nation. In Israel, where national responsibilities are many and serious, including dealing with the absorption of many immigrant groups simultaneous with emergency situations, the role of instructional personnel is crucial and highly complex. Their training is a vital element in their ability to do their work, and includes some unconventional approaches. The goal of the course is to present Israel's methods of training and development of teachers, guidance counselors, and educational staff. Establishing and implementing educational staff training policy are examined, definition of functions, processes of remuneration, internships, diverse forms of training and adaptation to changes in the educational system, study subjects and the educational outlook. Requirements for Admission: High level regional and national educational staff, principals, counselors, supervisors, researchers in the relevant field and lecturers at teachers’ training schools. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Special Needs of Women and Youth at Risk The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 30.10.2006 - 23.11.2006 Program of Studies: The program will address two highly vulnerable populations - women and youth. It will examine the physical and psychological realities and traditional cultural roles, providing a 16 cohesive understanding of the complex interactions between gender and social structures; human rights concepts, reproductive rights, etc. During the workshop sessions will be devoted to analysis of relevant issues; sexual exploitation and trafficking, HIV/AIDS transmission, health services, psycho-social support, skills training, violence in the family, support and self-help services for women and youth. Special needs in conflict and post conflict situations will be explored. Requirements for Admission: The workshop is designed for women and men, 30-50 years old, who hold senior positions in governmental and non-governmental organizations and are responsible for developing, managing, planning or operating services for women and youth; psychologists, health-care professionals, lawyers, police, social workers and directors of centers/ services for women and youth in distress. Candidates should have had a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the field. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Services for Children with Special Needs The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 27.11.2006 –21.12.2006 Program of Studies: This workshop is concerned with children with special needs, mentally challenged, autistic (pervasive developmental difficulties) ranging from high to low performance. The program will include needs assessment planning programs, placement of children in various frameworks; support and guidance for the parents and family; responsibility and involvement of the community, departments of education, health and welfare – integrative team work. Visits will be made to relevant frameworks; case studies, discussions in small groups, workshops and lectures. Special interests of participants will be considered in addition to the program. Requirements for Admission: This workshop is open to men and women between 30-50 years of age, head teachers, principals, directors, supervisors and coordinators of regular and special education settings and early primary classes from 4-8 years old, teacher trainers, psychologists, social and community workers and paramedical staff; professionals working with the age group of birth to eight years. Candidates should have completed academic studies or relevant professional 17 training in early childhood and special education. They should have at least 7 years experience in the field. A good command of spoken and written English is essential. Economic and Social Development Non-Formal Education for Peace: Training Leaders of Youth and Student Organizations Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED) Beer Sheva 30.1.2006 – 25.2.2006 Program of Studies: Non formal education can play a constructive and innovative role in the process of preparing young people to engage in beneficial social practice within their communities, be these communities suffering from armed conflict or internal tensions. It can play a critical role in overcoming the worldview that is created in an atmosphere of animosity and hate that robs young people of hope and contributes to an ever-increasing spiral of violence and nihilism. The course shall provide participants with practical skills and understanding for implementation of these methodologies along with strengthening them as practitioners. We will explore the role of civil society and youth organizations in conflict management and we shall exchange and practice modes and methodologies. We will familiarize ourselves with cross cultural communication, democratic leadership and information technologies. Each participant will prepare a project proposal relevant to their community. Finally, we shall do all the above while enjoying ourselves and creating within the group a living example of the implementation of non-formal educational techniques. Requirements for Admission: This course is designed for leaders and trainers active in youth and student organizations, for educators and educational administrators concerned with the field, for leaders of parents' groups, NGO's and other civil society bodies involved in these activities. 18 Women’s Entrepreneurship and Microenterprise Development The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 6.3.2006 – 30.3.2006 Program of Studies: National and regional policies for promoting microenterprises; support systems for women entrepreneurs; new trends in marketing; the use of simple promotion methods; women in business networking; running microenterprises in a world of technological changes; encouraging entrepreneurship at an early age; assertiveness and negotiation skills for women; study visits. Final assignment: implementing a plan for supporting women entrepreneurs. Requirements for Admission: The program is planned for women of 28-50 years old, involved in supporting women in microenterprises in the field of management, marketing, promotion, training and supervision, working in NGOs, women’s organizations, government institutes and agencies for business support and development. Candidates are expected to have an academic degree or equivalent diploma in social science, economics, business administration, industrial management or related subjects and at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in the field of microenterprise development. A good command of spoken and written English is essential. Comprehensive and Integrative Support Systems for SMEs: A Central Factor of Development Policy Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED) Beer Sheva 6.3.2006 – 30.3.2006 Program of Studies: Contribution of SMEs to the economy, to the society and to the individual; free market conditions influencing SMEs; structuring government policies for further development of SMEs; role of central, local and regional governments in promoting entrepreneurship and SMEs; creating and managing a comprehensive support system (consulting, finance, training, information); cooperation between governments and the private business sector for the promotion of SMEs; managing local/regional small business development centers 19 (SBDCs); promoting non-farm small businesses in rural regions; SMEs in the service of specific sectors of the population, such as: women, young people, minority groups; support measures for small and beginning exporters; entrepreneurship - promotion and education for adults and school classes; supporting R&D and high-tech start-ups and innovation management techniques; group work on projects; visits to relevant institutions; and participation in the international conference. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for decision makers; senior staff of government ministries involved in economic, industrial and social development; regional and local governments; entrepreneurial and SME support and promotion agencies; banks and development financial institutions; leaders of chambers of commerce and non- governmental economic and social associations (NGOs); leaders of SME associations: international organizations involved in development issues; economists, business consultants and trainers. Comprehensive Training for Development – Linking Vocational and Entrepreneurial Education Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED) Beer Sheva 8.5.2006 – 1.6.2006 Program of Studies: Importance of entrepreneurship in the knowledge based society; linking vocational and entrepreneurial training: concept, areas of relevance; alternative methods, problems, prospects; vocational training for adults; vocational training at college and school levels; managing of vocational training systems; planning and preparation of training programs; training the trainers; curriculum planning; contribution of SMEs to the economy, society and the individual; teaching managerial skills in vocational training systems; role of government in planning and promoting vocational training; role of central, regional and local governments in promoting entrepreneurship and SMEs; financial and non financial support measures for entrepreneurs and start-ups: problems in training schemes for entrepreneurs and start-ups; local/regional small business development centers (SBDCs); working with specific sectors of the population, such as: women, young people, minority groups; visits to vocational training institutions, colleges and schools, SME support organizations, and more; Preparing final projects. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for decision makers, senior staff of central, regional and local governments involved in vocational training and in promotion of SME; senior staff in 20 regional and national vocational education systems; supervisors and directors of vocational training schools; entrepreneurial and SME support and promotion agencies; vocational training programmers and trainers; as well as for leaders of SMEs associations, business trainers and business consultants. Note: This course will be conducted in cooperation with the Technological College of the Negev. Two major divisions of the ILO (International Labor Organization) will take part in the program: the Job Creation and Enterprise Development Division and the Skills, Knowledge and Employability Division. Microcredit and other Support Systems for Women in Small Businesses The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) Haifa 21.8.2006 – 14.9.2006 Program of Studies: The workshop aims at widening knowledge of support systems for small scale entrepreneurs as a tool for regional and local development; becoming acquainted with different microcredit schemes; defining parameters and needs related to the functions of support institutions. The program will include national and regional policies of financial support for small businesses; business training and encouragement of entrepreneurship at an early age; tools for running microenterprises in a world of technological change; organizing a small business; marketing strategies for small businesses; the Internet as a source of information and advice; strategies of empowerment and self help; support systems for entrepreneurs - the Israeli experience in small enterprise development; women in business networking; preparation of a plan for supporting women entrepreneurs; visits to support institutions, small business development centers. Requirements for Admission: The program is planned for professionals aged 28 -50, working in governmental institutions and agencies, in NGOs dealing with microcredit and small business support and development, heads of women’s organizations, and other SME support agencies. Candidates are expected to have relevant studies in regional planning, social sciences, economics, business administration, industrial management or related subjects, with a minimum of five years of work experience. A good command of spoken and written English is essential. 21 Rural and Urban Development Local Economic Development Weitz Center for Development Studies, Rehovot 12.1.2006 – 2.3.2006 Program of Studies: Local economic development and entrepreneurship. Micro-enterprises as tools in local economic development. Business constraints and opportunities in the rural economy. Supporting systems for micro-enterprises: finance and banking; technical assistance; training; business incubators; local centers for entrepreneurship promotion. The public and private sectors’ roles in the promotion of local economic development. Economic and financial appraisal of project viability. Monitoring and evaluation. Computer applications. Case studies. Seminars and panels on local economic plans presented by participants. Professional field trips. Requirements for Admission: Professionals and technicians in the field of tourism, regional and local development with practical experience in such activities. English language is essential. Development Projects in Rural Areas Weitz Center for Development Studies, Rehovot 9.3.2006 – 5.4.2006 Program of Studies: The Integrative Approach for the development of rural areas. Project planning in the framework of integrated development. Participants, stages and components of project planning. Typology and methodology of project planning. Project’s cycle: diagnosis, identification, preparation, feasibility study, business plan, application. Application stages. Project areas. Economic, financial and social aspects in project formulation and evaluation, the integrative model. Case studies. Professional field trips. Requirements for Admission: Professionals and technicians in the field of rural development, with practical experience in such activities. English language is essential. 22 Municipal Planning and Services Delivery Weitz Center for Development Studies, Rehovot 31.10.2006 – 24.11.2006 Program of Studies: The role of planning in municipal development. The Integrated Approach to municipal planning. Services delivery: economic services, social services, and municipal services. Assessing present and future needs for services – demographic and economic projections. Approaches to rural services delivery. Models of spatial planning. Economic and social feasibility of services. Public and private cooperation in services delivery. Community organization and participation in services delivery. Computer applications. Seminars and panels on services delivery problems. Professional field trips. Requirements for Admission: Academic degree and professional experience in a field related to rural development. English language is essential. Medicine and Public Health Postgraduate Training in Medicine Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University 18.1.2006 – 2.4.2006 8.5.2006 – 21.7.2006 17.10.2006 – 20.12.2006 Program of Studies: The program offers doctors from different countries with a variety of medical professions practical training for a period of eleven weeks. The training is conducted daily in hospital departments affiliated with Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University. Each physician trains in a specific chosen field within his/her specialization. The physicians are awarded a graduation certificate upon completion of the training. 23 Requirements for Admission: Only candidates with at least four years of clinical experience will be considered for the program. A full command of written and spoken English is essential. Organizing Emergency Medical Relief Efforts The International Institute Beit Berl, Kfar Saba 26.3.2006 – 8.4.2006 Program of Studies : Every year thousands of people around the world die from natural disasters and millions more are hurt. Apart from the human suffering, the financial damages caused by these catastrophes are estimated at billions of dollars every year. Natural disasters can not be stopped but the damage they cause can be contained by a fast and effective response. The tsunami that recently hit South-East Asia is now considered to be one of the 15 worst natural disasters in human history. Governments and organizations around the world need to know how to prepare and respond to such calamities. Due to the strong international interest in effectively dealing and responding to these disasters and to minimize as much as possible the damage caused by these catastrophes, the International Institute in Israel is now offering unique courses designed to train personnel on how to act in times of crisis and how to prepare in advance the proper infrastructure to deal with natural disasters. The main focus of the courses will be: 1) Training teams to minimize injuries and damages. 2) Establishing cooperation with active organizations in these fields between countries. Participants will receive lectures from Israeli experts from various organizations including: Magen David Adom (The Israeli parallel to the Red Cross), The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces, special response units), Israeli municipalities, and other organizations that respond to disasters. The course will focus on topics such as: preparing operational centers for emergencies, preparing emergency supply centers (medications, food, water, etc.), and training personnel to work under severe pressure, operating hospitals and field hospitals during emergencies, maintaining preventive medicine. Requirements for Admission: The course is designed for doctors, paramedics, trauma and medical personnel, who will act as the spearhead in the immediate efforts following a natural disaster. Participants can also include government officials at state or local/municipal level who will be involved in 24 responding to a disaster. Participants can also include hospital managers and civil defense officials. Emergency Room Nursing and Trauma Care Clalit Health Services Dina Academic School of Nursing, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva, 2.7.2006 – 26.7.2006 Program of Studies: The program offers nurses from different countries continuing education in emergency room nursing and trauma care. The participants will be exposed to new methods and approaches practiced in emergency nursing in medical centers throughout Israel. In addition, through observation of trauma treatment in the ER and trauma center of the Rabin Medical Center and Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, the participants will become acquainted with medical and nursing techniques in the treatment of patients of all ages. Subjects covered are: triage - principles; nursing intervention and the treatment of patients and family in emergency and trauma situations; principles of initial first aid in emergency situations and life saving skills, pre-emergency room treatment; emergency care guidelines in Israel; high risk populations; emergency care of children; emergency care of the elderly; psychological aspects in trauma (PTSD); transplantation and organ donation; methods of diagnosis, nurse’s role; multi-trauma injuries; organization of mass casualties; coordination and organization of medical personnel. Requirements for Admission: Male and female registered nurses accessible to emergency and trauma situations in hospitals, the community or intensive care units in their home country. Candidates should be between the ages of 24-45, have a minimum of one year experience in emergency nursing in the hospital, community or intensive care units, must understand, speak, read and write English on an academic level, and be in good health. The Seventh International Course on Developing and Organizing a Trauma System The Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and Mass Casualty Situations Rambam Medical Center, Haifa 25 22.10.2006 – 17.11.2006 Program of Studies: Comprehending the continuity of treatment of trauma patients in a trauma system Studying the structures involved in the various phases of treatment Developing a model of a trauma system appropriate for the student’s country of origin Participants will explore: Structure of a national trauma system Structure of a local trauma system Injury prevention and control: importance and protocols Pre-hospital system: treatment, triage, transport, communication, quality assurance Treatment in the trauma center: a. Acute phase: admitting area, operating room b. Sub-acute phase: intensive care units - general, neurosurgery, pediatrics c. Long-term phase: surgical departments - general, maxillofacial, orthopedic, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, etc. Rehabilitation Steps in developing a specific national trauma system Inter-connections in trauma system, pre-hospital-hospital, intra-hospital, inter-hospital, government Mass casualty situations Guidelines and protocol: initial assessment and treatment of a single patient Quality assurance Research The place of the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Forces in the trauma system in Israel. At the end of the course, students will present a model for the establishment of a trauma system in his/her country. The project will be presented to a panel of experts. Participants will complete the course with a working plan constructed of clear ideas for the implementation of a trauma system and a method for beginning the building of a trauma system in their own countries. Requirements for Admission: The course is intended for physicians, nurses and emergency paramedics. A full command of written and spoken English is essential.