The Israel Studies Faculty Training Program provides Chinese lecturers a comprehensive overview of Israel Studies, so upon graduation they can return to their home universities and teach what they learned.
Shortly after their return, lecturers who participated in the program embark on a lecture tour around China to explain their experience in Israel and encourage students and faculty around China to become involved in Israel Studies.
The 4 month long Israel studies experience begins in October with a 19-day Holocaust seminar at Israeli Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The three week seminar at Yad Vashem represents a shared understanding that promoting Israel studies is a crucial endeavor.
Over the course of 3 months, Chinese scholars are exposed to the highest scholarship on Israel Studies through private classes given by the best academics in the field. Despite the limited time the students manage to cover wide areas of study ranging from the early Jewish settlement during the mandate period to the development of the ‘Sabra’ identity. Real life experiences serve an invaluable role in shaping a person’s perspective of a place so SIGNAL also encourages the students to live the history, culture, sights and sounds of Israel through group trips from the Negev in the south to the Galilee in the north.
The 6th FTP delegation of SIGNAL fellows will arrive in the Fall of 2015.