BIU Launches Israel's First English-Language
Summer Certificate Program in
Identity-Based Conflict Resolution

With conflicts over collective identity abound now more than ever, Bar-Ilan University is launching Israel's first academic international summer certificate program, taught entirely in English, in the field of conflict resolution. The four-week program (July 5-30, 2015) will examine local, national and international conflicts with a focus on identity-based conflicts, and particular emphasis on conflicts based in Israel. It is being operated by the University's Graduate Program in Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation, the best established conflict resolution program in Israel.  

Prfo Michal Alberstein"The summer program will allow students to learn about prevalent and dangerous conflicts in a country that is filled with identity conflicts and in need of constructive engagement. The experience will provide them with innovative ways to respond to deep conflicts in all circles of life," explains Prof. Michal Alberstein, Head of the Graduate Program in Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiation.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the summer program will incorporate a variety of disciplines and fields, including law, psychology, religion, and culture in its seminars, workshops, simulations, guest lectures, study tours and internships. Social events, such as meetings with Israeli Jewish/Palestinian students and cultural activities, are also planned. 

Courses will include: From Identity-Based Conflict to Identity-Based Cooperation, Religion and Conflict Resolution, Collective Memory, Narrative and Conflict, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Culture and Field Work/Internships at leading think tanks and NGOs.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and 11 academic credits in conjunction with their home universities. The summer credits will also be recognized for the planned English-language Masters track in Conflict Resolution at Bar-Ilan University and for the Masters track currently taught in Hebrew. 

Applications are now being accepted from those who hold Bachelors/Masters degrees and those currently enrolled in Masters degree programs in social sciences, liberal arts and the humanities. Further information about the program may be found at



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