The Eastern Mediterranean International School is a new international boarding school located in Hakfar Hayarok, Israel, which welcomed 140 students from 40 countries all over the world at the opening of the 2016-2017 academic year. EMIS combines high quality education with intercultural exchange It aims to instill students with entrepreneurial spirit and provide them with solid employability skills.
The school offers a high-level two-year innovative pre-university programme (11th-12th grades) preparing young people for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The academic curriculum in particular provides a great focus on language proficiency – courses are taught in English, while Arabic and Hebrew are taught as second languages.
EMIS intends to provide an educational programme focused on intellectual stimulation and transversal skills development. Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the “entrepreneurship leadership” programme, where they can create or join an entrepreneurial project and attend a series of lectures and workshops about entrepreneurship. On completing their studies students are encouraged to take a gap year in order for them to develop additional soft skills, through implementing their newly acquired knowledge and experience and/or participating in a volunteer scheme in the region.
The school first developed and tested the model through a series of successful consecutive summer courses on environmental issues and cultural activities and then opened in September 2014. While one of the main objectives of the school is to contribute to the emergence of creative young generations in the region, it also aims to strengthen relationships between young people and to serve regional cooperation. Professional training sessions of short duration will also be offered in parallel to external educators, teachers and representatives from civil society organizations.
About the Promoter
The Eastern Mediterranean International School Foundation is a private foundation that was founded in 1991 under the name “United World College in Israel Foundation”, which was changed later for EMIS. The EMIS management team benefits from the support of a dedicated group of international and local business leaders, educators and United World Colleges’ graduates who want to make a difference in the Eastern Mediterranean.