The Open University of Israel, founded in 1974, is one of nine universities in Israel. The Open University’s mission is based on the principles of equal opportunity and the narrowing of socioeconomic disparities. The university’s open admissions policy welcomes anyone interested in pursuing academic studies. Our students' success depends on their present efforts, and not on past achievements. We are currently the only Israeli university with women in the top leadership roles: Chancellor – President of the Supreme Court (ret.) Dorit Beinisch President – Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt Director General – Ruth Shoham The Open University is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching. Over 50,000 students are currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs at dozens of campuses and study centers throughout the country, from the northern border to the South. We attract students from all social strata in Israel and from around the world. Teaching and learning take place with the help of advanced learning technologies, which offer a choice of in-person classroom tutorials or online teaching. Classes may be attended in real time or via recordings available anywhere and anytime. All courses have sophisticated course websites. The accompanying textbooks and study guides are developed and published at the Open University. The Open University, the largest academic publisher in Israel, has two publishing houses: Lamda Scholarship, the OUI scholarly press, which publishes original research and academic titles under rigorous academic review, and Lamda Books which publishes OUI textbooks, used by OUI students and all other academic institutes. The Shoham Center for the Integration of Technologies in Distance Education develops digital pedagogy, designs course websites, broadcasts classes and conferences, and produces filmed courses in several onsite innovative T.V studios. The Open University has been a forerunner in distance education for many years, and not only since Covid-19. Over one hundred senior faculty members are engaged in research in seven academic departments: Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies Department of Literature, Language and the Arts Department of Education and Psychology Department of Management and Economics Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Department of Natural Sciences Approximately 2,000 lecturers and instructors are responsible for teaching. This large academic enterprise is run by some 1,000 administrative employees. The Open University has three research institutes: The Research Center for Innovation in Learning Technologies. The Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and the Institute for Policy Analysis. In addition, the university operates the Astrophysics Research Center of the Open University (ARCO) and the Open Media and Information Lab. Alongside its academic study programs, the Open University offers a wide range of external, non-degree studies. (See only on screen: Tafnit – Continuing Education for Managers, Ascolot - School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Diploma – Certificate Studies, Dialog – School of Languages, Hasifa - School of Communication, Television and Multimedia, Meirav – School of Complimentary Medicine, and The Professional Development Unit . Our graduates hold key positions in Israel and abroad, in hi-tech companies, government institutions, and even in politics, and they make an impact wherever they are. It is no wonder that we are the largest university in Israel.