Why Israel is great
* Source: youtube.com State of Israel channel
We love Israel and we know you will too! Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Israel’s rich history and prime location has made it a center for international civilizations that can still be felt today. It is, for instance, an important enclave for European, Christian and Arabic civilizations for trade, riches and cultural importance. Now you can immerse yourself in Israel’s rich and dynamic culture, while making friends with people from all over the world, such as Argentina, Brazil, Australia, US, Canada, Italy, France and more! Wherever you choose to spend your time – whether at the white sandy beaches of Tel Aviv, the breathtaking forests of the Carmel, the holy capital of Jerusalem, or a Bedouin tent in the heart of the desert – there is never a dull moment in Israel!
Technology & Innovation
- The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
- Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft Israel.
- The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
- Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
- Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
- Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
- The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in by four young Israelis (1996).
- Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
Education & Finance
- Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to population in the world.
- Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people – as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
- Twenty-four percent of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees – ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland – and 12 percent hold advanced degrees.
- Israel has the highest average living standard of the Middle East.
- The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
- Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined
- Israel has the world’s second highest per capita rate of publishing new books.
The high level of academia in Israel is widely known and highly regarded throughout the world. Israel is a recognized center for technology, boasting the world’s largest number of startup companies outside the United States. There are a wide variety of internship opportunities, all of which are very receptive to non-Hebrew speakers integrating into the work force.